Sep 20, 2018 Last Updated 8:58 AM, Sep 17, 2018

Flotex fits the bill at innovative ‘extra-care’ housing scheme

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Forbo Flooring Systems has played a vital role in delivering a bright, healthy and hygienic environment for the residents of Erskine Court, an innovative new housing development for the over-55s, operated by Southampton City Council. The facility offers 24/7 access to care should it be needed, while enabling residents to maintain their independence and providing space in which they can socialise and be part of a community.

Attracted by Forbo’s extensive range of colourful and practical floor coverings, Design Consultant Alex Salway from Daring Design UK Ltd incorporated Forbo’s unique Flotex flocked vinyl in an array of different styles and colourways into his interior design scheme for the building.

Flotex Naturals in American Oak has been used throughout corridors and lobbies, providing the appearance of wood but with the warmth of carpet. To help with wayfinding Alex has teamed up this natural wood look with a different bold colour from the Flotex Metro range on each of the three floors. The green tones of Citrus represent leafy grass on the ground floor, whilst Tangerine represents earth on the first floor and Petrol represents sky on the top floor. “The theme of the building was to bring the outside in, something Forbo’s product range allowed me to do with its impressive range of colours,” commented Alex. “Flotex is also Allergy UK approved, which is ideal where a healthy indoor environment is of utmost importance for residents’ well-being.”

Other Forbo products used at Erskine Court include Surestep safety vinyl in the main lobby, hair and beauty room and laundry rooms, Safestep R11 in the commercial kitchens, and Coral Brush wipe-off matting in the entrance and lobby area

Southampton City Council’s Interim Regeneration Manager, Fiona Astin, said: “Daring Design has used Forbo’s products and colourways to great effect, creating a really attractive environment that’s sensitive to the needs of the residents The Council is so delighted with the appearance, practicality and durability of the flooring at Erskine Court that we plan to replicate it in our next scheme.”

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