Daventry Hospital offers a warm welcome with Tarkett flooring

Tarkett was a natural choice for the flooring in the new community hospital in Daventry, which was completed with over 1500m2 of Tarkett’s floorcovering solutions, including the new iQ Megalit range. The new-build hospital has been specifically designed to deliver a wide range of services in a friendly and welcoming environment, for both patients and staff. The 600-room facility can accommodate 28 patients overnight and features sixteen single rooms with en-suite facilities, in addition to five dedicated palliative care beds and relatives rooms.

Emma Allison, Interior Design Manager at Aedas Architects Ltd explained: “Our brief was to provide the Trust and its clients with an environment more in keeping with a commercial or hospitality environment rather than one traditionally associated with a hospital. Tarkett’s Megalit allowed us to create the appearance of a top end marble / travertine finish without the cost and maintenance implications.”

Tarkett’s iQ Megalit is an innovative new homogeneous vinyl flooring based on unique technology. Instead of using granules, the extraordinary pattern image is created using large flakes of different shapes and sizes, while the high proportion of transparent material in the mix adds even greater depth and variation. Megalit is also strong and flexible making handling and installation easy, safe and efficient.

Cleaning and maintenance can be kept to an absolute minimum as no wax or polish is ever needed to keep iQ Megalit at its best. Dry buffing is sufficient to restore the surface finish. The reduction in heavy, wet cleaning cuts down the consumption of water, chemicals and energy, helping to preserve the environment too. Megalit also benefits from improved resistance to scratches, abrasions and stains and is the first ever homogeneous flooring in the highest wear group – class T (EN 660-2).

iQ Megalit was specified throughout all client facing circulation areas at Daventry Hospital, as well as in the dining room and departmental foyers. For other client facing areas, including wards, treatment rooms and GP rooms, Tarkett’s iQ Optima was chosen.

Optima is another of Tarkett’s ‘intelligent quality’ flooring solutions offering the same outstanding performance as Megalit, but with smaller special pigments and granules of transparent material. Optima is available in 30 tasteful colours offering great scope for creating exciting and elegant finishes.

Emma Allison adds: “A huge bonus for us as designers is that all Tarkett’s ranges had coherent colour palettes meaning our scheme was consistent across the hospital. The colour palette was subtle, muted and natural, not synthetic and bright like healthcare vinyl of the past.”

Certain areas of the hospital required a more homely, less institutional feel, so Emma specified Tarkett’s Acczent Wood and a combination of Tapiflex 163 and 164 in wood and marble effect. Tapiflex 163 and 164 provide a hardwearing, low maintenance flooring with unique indentation properties (0.15mm). They also offer the added advantage of high sound reduction (19dB), particularly useful for healthcare environments.

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