College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham

Project: College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham

Luxury vinyl tiles from Tarkett have been installed at the College of St Hild and St Bede, the largest college at Durham University. The original building of St Hild’s College dates to 1857 and now houses 163 students, along with the main administrative and student support services. The main reception and principle circulation areas have recently been refurbished, complete with new wood-effect flooring from Tarkett.

Aiken Flooring Contracts carried out the installations, as Contracts Manager Steve Dixon explains: “When we lifted the existing materials, we discovered areas of cork, asphalt and multiple layers of foam backing and screed which required extensive work to get the floors into a suitable state to lay on. The plank format of the Tarkett flooring meant it was really easy to install, being more flexible and easier to handle than large rolls. We also installed a two-plank border throughout which looks very effective.”

Designed for heavy duty use in environments such as the hotel, leisure and retail markets, Tarkett’s ID Premier range allows the flooring to work with the overall interior design, providing a bold statement or playing a more subtle, supporting role. But the aesthetics are only half the story, with function being vital too. Floors in busy stores and hotels need lasting strength to cope with heavy daily foot traffic, particularly near entrances.

Tarkett’s ID Premier features a 0.7mm or a 0.5mm pure PVC transparent wear layer, which is exceptionally hardwearing and indentation resistant. The TopClean XP PUR reinforcement offers extreme resistance to abrasion as well as easy low-cost maintenance, requiring no wax or polish for life. While the unique composite glass fibre-reinforced structure provides additional dimensional stability, toughness and durability.

The ID Premier range includes a wealth of authentic images from nature including the subtle grains of wood, the textures of raw stone, marble and granite, and the vibrancy of bright colours and realistic photographic options. All tiles and planks are 2.5mm thick, with bevelled edges to create a truly realistic finish to the floor. The choice of wide or narrow planks or tiles enables creative combinations of size, shade and image styles to suit any interior.