IT’S strictly Tarkett for a new Virgin Money Lounge that comes complete with dance floor.
Rather than having the look and feel of a traditional bank, the new Virgin Money Store in Glasgow has opted for a concept centred on home and leisure.
Using artwork supplied via Allen International, Tarkett’s Floorcraft Design Team created the dance floor complete with the Virgin Money logo.
At four metres in diameter, the intricate and highly detailed design uses contrasting shades of Tarkett’s Luxury Vinyl Tile iD Inspiration 70 flooring in light oak and dark walnut.
The design was specified by Emma Hunter, senior designer at Spacelab.
Emma said: “The Virgin Money Glasgow Store and Lounge is not your usual bank and installing a dance floor was a big part in creating the relaxed feel we were going for.
“Tarkett’s Floorcraft Design team were able to combine the intricate, visually appealing logo with the solid, hard wearing flooring we were looking for.
“What they offered met our needs exactly and the result is a visually impressive floor that we know will stand the test of time.
“We’re really happy with it.”
Instead of being printed, each piece of the design is individually cut using a precision sonic blade that oscillates at 20,000 cycles per second.
The pieces are then assembled onto a solid vinyl core like a jigsaw puzzle, before having a thick layer of transparent PVC added onto the top.
Leading the project was Samantha Jones, Head of Tarkett’s Floorcraft Design team.
Samantha said: “We’ve created all sorts for architects and designers in the past but this was certainly one of the most challenging.
“The lettering on the curve, rounded hearts, and the repeating V and M pattern all required an incredibly high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
“Thanks to the skill and artistry of the team, and the high-tech cutting equipment we have here at Tarkett, we were able to produce a stunning floor.”
Tarkett’s iD Inspiration 70 range was introduced to the market back in 2013 and has proved hugely popular across a variety of sectors thanks to its versatility, easy installation and hard wearing properties.
For designers and specifiers it also offers an environmentally-friendly choice being 100% recyclable and manufactured with a minimum 48% recycled content.
Steve Urwin, Tarkett UK Marketing Manager, said: “Our LVT flooring range is proving extremely popular with designers, architects and specifiers.
“And, as this project shows, it’s incredibly versatile. Being so hard-wearing it is suited for use in a wide variety of sectors – including retail, leisure and care.
“The team we have here are amazingly talented and I’m yet to see anyone come to them with a design that they haven’t be able to do.”
Nigel Rees, Virgin Money’s National Properties and Facilities Manager said: “Lots of customers using the Virgin Money Store and Lounge in Glasgow have remarked just how amazing the dance floor looks.
“The Store and Lounge facility is a unique concept to banking and the floor laid by Tarkett certainly stands out as being unique as well as an excellent piece of craftsmanship.”