Bristol Southmead Hospital Learning and Research Building

The purpose built education and research centre in Bristol has become a leading institute in medical study. The recently completed phase of the Southmead redevelopment, integrated the installation of nora® rubber floorcoverings in laboratories and inside the contemporary atrium.

Southmead Teaching Facility provides a comprehensive and active staff development programme therefore only a durable and extremely resilient floorcovering was appropriate. noraplan® ultra grip and noraplan® signa, a product designed specifically for the complex requirements of healthcare facilities, were both installed in the centre.

The brief was to create a sustainable, functional and flexible facility, therefore Avanti Architects chose the diverse noraplan® product range. Optimally prepared for acids, alkalis and other substances, nora® floor coverings were ideal for the research laboratories. noraplan® ultra grip provides R11 slip resistance in the areas where spillages may occur and sure footing is required. Tested according to the British TRRL Pendulum test, noraplan® ultra grip has the excellent slip resistant properties.Furthermore, noraplan® ultra grip is the first PVC – free safety floorcovering which meets the requirements of the UK Slip Resistance Group on a floorcovering with ‘’low slip potential’’.

In corridors and escape routes, nora® floor coverings such as noraplan® signa offer high walking comfort and excellent acoustics. With over 48 colours, noraplan® signa provides the ideal flooring solution for Southmead.

The diverse rubber product comes with a comprehensive range of accessories to compliment the range, such as skirting and skirting angles which guarantee smooth, clean edges and complete the hygiene requirements. nora® offer various thicknesses in the range, and electrostatically dissipative versions for areas with high load bearing and electrostatic sensitivity.

In terms of environmental compatibility, nora® floorcoverings do not contain any PVC, plasticizers, or halogens. The basis of natural and industrial rubbers ensures optimum functionality and design without sacrificing the environment. The rubber is supplemented by minerals from natural deposits as well as environmentally compatible colour pigments. With huge saving potential, nora® saves time and money, with independent experts confirming that rubber floorcoverings offer huge saving potential due to the low maintenance costs and extensive life span of the extremely efficient and durable product.

With the installation of nora® rubber floorcoverings, staff, patients and students can be confident that the perfect combination of design and function has been covered.

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