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Portabella Homes

1 Nov 2021
Case study

Housing development based on community needs offers a touch of class with Polyflor luxury vinyl tiles.

Portabella is an award-winning property company made up of creative experts, based in Cardiff. The company has crafted a reputation for delivering desirable homes which inspire communities by applying unique design schemes to its individual developments, based on the preferences of its target audiences and reflecting the areas where they’re located.

In 2015, Portabella was working on its St Winefride’s development – a former art-deco hospital and annexed nurses' wing in Cardiff, which had been refurbished into 33 luxury one, two and three bedroom apartments. When developing its show home for the site, Portabella began searching for flooring products that would convey the quality of the designs, fixtures and fittings it would apply to the upcoming development.

The development is set in the heart of Cardiff’s popular suburb of Pontcanna, close to the parks, bars, cafes, restaurants and other amenities the area has to offer. Portabella wanted premium floor coverings which would reflect the community’s assets but also look amazing to attract buyers – an essential role of the perfect show home.

It scoured the industry for suitable products and came across Polyflor’s Camaro, Expona Commercial and Colonia ranges – luxury vinyl tiles that are designed to replicate the beauty of wood, natural timber and stone. While Expona Commercial is well suited to commercial settings, it is often used in residential developments. When used together with the Camaro and Colonia ranges, the trio offer a modern aesthetic and durability, particularly when used in kitchens and bathrooms, thanks to a polyurethane reinforcement, which protects the surface and makes it easier to maintain.

Available at competitive price points and offering the highest possible standards of manufacturing, the floor coverings were specified for the Portabella show home.

The luxury vinyl tiles retained their quality and proved to be highly durable during an extended period of high footfall in the show home. They also received praise from potential buyers who commented on the look and feel of the tiles. It was enough to convince Portabella’s specifiers that Polyflor should be the flooring provider of choice for its St Winefride’s development, as well as future projects.

Since then, Polyflor’s Camaro, Expona Commercial and Colonia ranges have been used in kitchens and bathrooms in over 200 properties across Portabella’s Dixie, Churchill, Arbor Vale and Brickworks developments – the latter of which completed in 2019.

Peter Reilly, director at Portabella, said: “After seeing how Polyflor’s products performed in our show home, we were convinced of their quality and performance, and the way the textures, colours and finishes were so complementary to the wider design schemes of our properties.

“Above all else, these luxury vinyl tile ranges are hard wearing and easy to maintain, which is what our buyers look out for.

“Polyflor’s customer service, at every point of enquiry, has been excellent, with new samples sent out quickly and orders satisfied on time which means we have no delays in delivery. I’d highly recommend Polyflor to other developers.”

Further details of Polyflor’s extensive range of resilient vinyl flooring are available from Polyflor Ltd, Radcliffe New Road, Whitefield, Manchester, M45 7NR. Tel: 0161 767 1111. Fax: 0161 767 1128.
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