How do you provide an access floor that offers the aesthetic appeal of a solid timber floor whilst still providing easy access to the panels beneath it? This has not been possible in the past because, to allow access to the floor panels, the finish has had to be bonded to the floor, with the constraint that it had to be 600mm sq.
However in a UK first, Kingspan Access Floors has overcome the problem by developing oak veneer staves that use magnetism to fasten to the company’s steel encapsulated floor panels, enabling architects to design the look of a solid timber floor.
The new Kingspan product, called Attiro, is available in lengths of 1200mm to 2000mm per stave and in widths of 90mm to 200mm. Its depth is 17mm, which includes a 4mm solid oak veneer, available in a wide range of shades and finishes.
Attiro has been developed for installation in high specification, prestigious office and educational premises and can be fitted as part of a new build or tenant fit out where Kingspan steel encapsulated floor panels have already been installed. Kingspan has already gained a contract to manufacture and install 35,000 sq m of Attiro at a major City of London headquarters development.
The launch of Attiro follows extensive testing by Kingspan’s R&D department on aspects such as temperature and humidity change, varying loads, acoustic properties and optimum magnetic strength.
Attiro also meets various environmental and sustainability criteria – installation using magnetism means that it can be easily lifted and reused in another area or project and the product has FSC third party Chain of Custody accreditation when supplied and installed by Kingspan.
Attiro offers cost savings over pre-bonded timber panels – because it is installed at the fit out stage of a project there is far less chance of damage, if a stave does need to be replaced it can be easily removed, and the floor can be walked on as soon as it has been laid.
Ian Lomas, Kingspan National Specification Sales Manager, said: “We have developed and aggressively tested Attiro in response to customer demand for more versatility in floor finishes. It enables an architect or interior designer to achieve the impression of a timber floor, assembled on a raised access floor, safe in the knowledge that it is serviceable and practical for their client or end user occupant.”
The extensive testing has been carried out by CATAS in Italy, the leading Italian research institute and test laboratory for timber.