Supacord Gets Top Marks at New West Midlands Academy
20 March 2015
Heckmondwike FB’s Supacord fibre bonded carpet tiles have been used to create a colourful learning environment for pupils at a new £17.8m Secondary School in Telford in the West Midlands.
The new Phoenix Academy had 3,000sqm of Supacord Fibre Bonded Carpet specified by SeymourHarris Architecture in seven different colours to create a striking flooring design that runs throughout the school. SeymourHarris chose carpet tiles in Flint, Graphite, Moonlight, Arctic Blue, Damson, Red and Pacific Blue for the classrooms, library and staff areas of the school, which caters for pupils aged 11 to 16. These colours from the Supacord range are proving particularly popular with secondary schools where it is important to choose age appropriate colours, as it is widely recognised that this can have a major effect on pupils’ mood and concentration.
A spokesperson for Seymour Harris Architecture, said: “The wide range of colours allowed great flexibility in defining learning and staff areas. Our choice of Supacord carpet in seven different colours formed a key part of the way finding strategy which we developed in close collaboration with the school”.
Contrasting colours were used to create zonal areas and borders, allowing teachers to use their classrooms flexibly for different learning activities. Contractors Pinnacle Special Projects were able to cut the carpet tiles on site to create the individual flooring designs, thanks to the robust properties of fibre bonded carpet, which will not ravel or fray.
Supacord is renowned for its durability and is widely specified for education buildings where it is able to withstand areas of heavy wear and tear. Supacord also offers anti-slip and antistatic properties, both of which are a major concern for schools which are looking to protect their students and their equipment.
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
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.