Supacord fibre bonded carpet in Steel Grey has been specified for the new Gloucester Academy, creating a robust, neutral base for the minimalistic, contemporary design of this exciting new building.
4,200 m2 of Supacord in Steel Grey was chosen for the classrooms, atrium and breakout areas of the new £14.9m academy by Nicholas Hare Architects. To protect the carpet throughout the building, 100m2 of Diamond in Silver was specified for the entrance and transition areas. The Academy, which opened in September 2013, was built by Kier and caters for 1,250 pupils, including a sixth form of 200.
Supacord and Diamond entrance carpet was chosen, which was installed by the flooring contractor Corinium Carpets of Cheltenham. Heckmondwike’s products were selected as they are renowned for being able to withstand the high volumes of foot traffic associated with large schools and colleges. The grey and silver colours were chosen as a neutral base for the accent colours brought out in the red, grey and blue furniture at the Academy. Supacord’s grey colourways are also recognised for their positive effect on pupils’ mood and concentration.
Mike Robinson, Contracts Manager at Corinium Carpets, said: “Heckmondwike were very proactive during our first project for the main contractor, Kier, offering us a first class service and helping us to achieve an excellent finish to the project. Because of their collaborative approach, we have received high praise from the main contractor and have been offered a number of further contracts.”
Gloucester Academy will also benefit from the durability of Supacord, which is renowned in the education sector, where it is vital that floorcoverings are able to withstand heavy wear and tear.
Supacord has been assessed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and has gained a BRE Global A+ environmental rating for use in school buildings, offices and retail outlets, which will help the school to achieve its target of a BREEAM Very Good rating.
Supacord is also compatible with F40 high tack adhesive which provides a sustainable and cost-effective end-of-life solution allowing carpet to be lifted without causing significant damage to the floorcovering or subfloor, as demonstrated in this video: http://youtu.be/vQEOQJubr5s
Also used on this project, Diamond is a popular choice for schools and commercial buildings requiring a robust entrance area. It features an attractive cobbled surface and Heckmondwike FB offers a bespoke design service in this carpet in which eye-catching personalised entrance areas can be created with customised logos and designs. Diamond is renowned for providing low maintenance and providing acoustic properties and will not ravel or fray.
Heckmondwike FB is one of the leading carpet suppliers to the education, commercial and public sectors and is well-known for the excellent value, durability and high performance of its products. The company has over 40 years’ experience in the manufacture of fibre bonded carpet, which is carried out at its facility in West Yorkshire.
Sample cards for Supacord are available on request by calling +44  1924 413637 or visiting the website www.heckmondwike-fb.co.uk.
Marina Wood / Rebecca Coupe
Tel: 01709 300130
Notes to editors
Heckmondwike FB has been manufacturing carpets in the UK for over 40 years and is firmly established as the leading specialist manufacturer of heavy contract fibre bonded carpet and carpet files.
The company is proud of its tradition of supporting UK manufacturing and has a strong heritage of tradition and quality workmanship for which its products are renowned. The company has in-house research and development facilities, which includes providing technical support to customers and a first rate after-sales service.
The company has achieved the ISO14001 environmental standard and its production processes are carried out to meet ISO 9001 accreditation.