RAF Odiham is a front line helicopter support base in Hampshire, with a working population of around 2000 people. The base’s gymnasium is used for the physical training of a large number of service personnel, so it’s essential that the flooring provides the optimum level of performance. When the old floor needed replacing, a Tarkett Sports Flooring System was found to be the best solution.
Tarkett Sports Flooring
Systems, incorporating InstaSport sprung sub-floors, are ideal for use where the subfloor is not level or the height of the finished floor needs to be raised. The InstaSport sub-floor provides a versatile, impact energy absorbing sub-floor system suitable for all indoor sports
and leisure applications. When combined with a Tarkett vinyl
or engineered wood sports surface the system is fully compliant with EN14904, producing either an Area-Elastic or Combined-Elastic sports floor.
The sub-floor comprises special rubber crumb cradles manufactured from recycled
tyre products and timber battens sourced from FSC/PEFC certified forests, over which the Tarkett
wood sports flooring is fixed. As no screed is required, there is no drying time meaning installations can be completed more quickly, and floors can be laser-levelled on site to provide a completely even floor.
D Kelleher Flooring Ltd carried out the installation at RAF Odiham where works involved removing the old floor and laying a damp proof membrane. The rubber crumb cradles were then positioned on the DPM at the required spacing and adjusted with packers where necessary to achieve the level finished floor height. Timber battens were then placed in position and insulation laid between them to provide additional thermal properties. Finally the Tarkett
22mm Beech sports flooring was nailed to the battens. Using this method, the entire 550m2 gym floor was quickly and easily installed.
Tony Kelleher of Kelleher Flooring commented: “Our fitters were given some on-site training by InstaFloor to enable them to install the cradle and batten system, which proved to be really simple and effective. The Tarkett
sports flooring surface provides a truly professional finish and should serve the base well for many years to come.”
Sports Systems comply with, and exceed, the requirements of EN 14904 and BS 7044: Part 4 for indoor surfaces for multi-sports use. They are impact energy absorbing and suitable for a wide range of sports such as basketball, football, handball, hockey and tennis, as well as non-sporting activities e.g. use as an exam hall or for community activities.