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When Lanarkshire’s leading further education establishment, Motherwell College, came to specify the flooring for its new £70 million Ravenscraig building, it turned to Building Design Partnership’s (BDP) interior designer, Lorna Bryden, to create a stunning sustainable scheme.

Why InterfaceFLOR
As well as meeting the college’s aesthetic and practical requirements, the InterfaceFLOR products delivered a scheme with sustainability as standard. All InterfaceFLOR products not only have recycled content in their face and backing, but are produced using the latest in sustainable manufacturing technology, and complementary services like Cool Carpet® and ReEntry® take the work out of finding a sustainable solution.

The Challenge
A key element of the design brief was for the interiors to boost Motherwell College’s sustainability credentials from the floor up. It was also crucial that while the new build had a smart and contemporary interior scheme, any materials used offered outstanding durability and would not date over time.

The Approach
Having worked with InterfaceFLOR and its extensive sustainable product portfolio on previous projects, Lorna Bryden worked in partnership with the InterfaceFLOR’s account manager, to specify stunning modular flooring products for the college’s campus. InterfaceFLOR provided a 300m2 trial area in the college’s staff room, enabling the building’s users to experience the products’ high design content and durability capabilities first hand. Following this, Equilibrium, Heuga 731 and Palette 2000 were chosen for the final flooring scheme.

The Solution
The 11,000m2 installation features the hard-wearing tufted, tip-sheared textured loop carpet tile, Equilibrium, in four shades installed in a novel way to give subtle changes in direction throughout the corridors and the library. Heuga 731, a tufted cut-pile carpet tile with a luxurious frieze texture, and Palette 2000, which can be mixed and matched to create unique, inspirational designs were used in the nursery – which provides childcare for the local community as well as for the college’s students. This was also used in the boardrooms and executive offices.

The Result
Alan Hewitt, Estates Manager at Motherwell College, concludes: “The new floors look really attractive, and have been well received by students and staff alike. As well as being able to stand up to the heavy footfall of all our visitors, we’re confident that the floors will continue to look smart and contemporary for years to come.”

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