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Health centre refurbishment sees vinyl replace carpet flooring

Eos Interiors changed the flooring specification at a health centre to make sure it was a hygienic as possible.

When Eos Interiors was commissioned to refurbish Northbrook Health Centre in Solihull, the company was faced with not only modernising the building but also ensuring infection prevention and CQC compliance, as well addressing shortfalls in disabled access and Building Regulation compliance.

Many aspects of the building and its services were outdated and needed replacing including the flooring, which had carpets throughout. Each room was designed alongside the infection prevention team, and finishes were chosen for their east of cleaning, aesthetics and longevity.

Vinyl offers alternative solution

Carpet tiles had again been specified for the flooring before Eos Interiors got involved with the project, but when the team came on board they suggested another system that would be more appropriate for the newly refurbished building.

“It was more expensive than using carpet tiles, but it will last at least twice as long and has many benefits”

Peter Leach, Eos Interiors

“The specification was changed to Polyflor Forest FX vinyl flooring, which was installed as cap and cove flooring using a cove former and capping strip to give a neat finish and ensure it was permanently sealed to the wall,” says Eos Interiors director Peter Leach.

There were a number of reasons this system was chosen over using traditional carpet tiles, as Mr Leach explains. “The vinyl is extremely hard wearing and easy to clean,” he says.

“This, together with the fact that it was installed as cap and cove flooring, makes it even easier to clean and ensures that it complies with HTM (Health Technical Memorandum) and infection prevention guidelines.”

Quality trumps cost

Although the system was more expensive than using carpet tiles, the health benefits and longevity of using this particular system meant the client was happy to make the switch.

“It was significantly more expensive than using carpet tiles, but it will last at least twice as long and has many benefits, especially in a healthcare setting,” Mr Leach says.

In order to make sure the final look of the flooring was appropriate for the health centre, the team created a bespoke finish.

“We didn’t feel that the black plastic capping that was available to buy off the shelf was suitable for the welcoming and attractive look we wanted to create in the health centre,” says Mr Leach.

“To answer this problem, Eos Interiors fabricated our own wooden capping and finished it in white.”

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