University Square Stratford, London

Project: University Square Stratford, London

Heckmondwike FB’s innovative Montage carpet tiles have been specified for a flagship new education centre, known as University Square, a collaboration between the University of East London, in partnership with Birkbeck University.

University Square, which opened in November 2013, features 4,100m2 of Montage fibre bonded carpet, which was specified by Make Architects in Flint.

The new £33m education hub provides cutting edge facilities, with flexible teaching and administrative spaces alongside dedicated areas for subjects including Law, Performing Arts, Dance, Music and Information Technology.  University Square is already being recognized as a beacon for learning in East London.

Montage was installed to all areas by specialist flooring contractors Allard & Company, including lecture theatres, corridors and break-out areas.  Flint was chosen as it provides a neutral base for the brightly coloured chairs that were used throughout the lecture theatres.  The dark grey carpet tiles also complement the glossy, polished ceramic granite which was arranged in a vertical grid pattern to the façade of the building and reflected the urban, cultural and public character of the area.

Craig Carr-Jones, Director of Allard & Company, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, said: “This was a major project and we worked closely with the main contractor to ensure we could meet their timescales.  It also involved areas of intricate cutting, with curved platforms in the lecture theatres.  This didn’t cause an issue because Heckmondwike’s fibre bonded carpet can be cut, without the risk of raveling or fraying.”

Montage is instantly recognisable because of its distinctive, random-textured surface design and is widely specified in many education and commercial environments, where aesthetics and performance are very important.  Available in 16 different colour options, Montage is an innovative floor finish that looks great in even the most demanding environments.

Montage has been assessed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and has gained a BRE Global A+ environmental rating for use in office, schools and retail buildings.

Like all Heckmondwike FB’s range, Montage will not ravel or fray.  It is anti-slip and offers thermal performance to conserve heat, it also offers acoustic properties which make it perfect for education or commercial projects.  It is extremely durable and hard wearing, offering low maintenance costs to the building owner.

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.