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Case Study: Downing Drive Surgery

Project:Downing Drive Surgery
Location:Evington, Leicester
Flooring contractor:Excelsior Carpets and Flooring Contractors Ltd
Main contractor:Oakwood Construction
Products used:Polysafe Standard PUR, Polysafe Wood FX Acoustix PUR
High performance Polyflor vinyl flooring designed to provide dual sustainable slip resistance and improved acoustic performance within a building was recently installed at Downing Drive Surgery in Evington, Leicester.
Designed by BRP Architects of Market Harborough, the refurbished doctors’ surgery features Polysafe safety flooring installed by Excelsior Carpets and Flooring Contractors Ltd, under main contractors Oakwood Construction. Polysafe Wood fx Acoustix PUR in American Oak was fitted in the surgery’s reception and circulation areas whilst Polysafe Standard PUR in Ash Grey was fitted in all the consulting rooms.

Lee Hankins from BRP Architects commented, “We needed a hardwearing, slip resistant and easy to maintain floorcovering to cope with the demands of this GP’s surgery which services 6,900 patients in the local area. The acoustic properties of the Polysafe Wood fx Acoustix collection is an added benefit as it helps reduce the transfer of impact sound and walking noise through the building, helping to create a more peaceful environment for patients and staff alike.”

Suitable for demanding, high traffic commercial environments like in this healthcare facility, Polysafe Wood fx Acoustix floorcovering provides an impact sound reduction level of 19dB thanks to its integrated foam backing, exceeding UK Building Regulation Part E requirements of a minimum 17dB. Featuring authentic reproductions of high clarity wood designs, this product is also a safety floor, incorporating virtually invisible safety aggregates within the wear layer to create sustainable wet slip resistance, contributing to safer commercial environments.

Both Wood fx Acoustix and Polysafe Standard PUR safety flooring range are fully HSE Compliant and classified as low slip potential, achieving 36 + on the Pendulum Wet Test with a surface roughness of 20 microns +. Both fully conform to the European Safety Flooring Standard EN 13845 and pass the 50,000 cycles abrasion test. The floorings also feature Polysafe PUR, a unique, cross linked and UV cured polyurethane reinforcement for advanced maintenance benefits, optimum appearance, colour retention and improved soil release.

Like many Polyflor ranges, Polysafe Wood fx Acoustix PUR and Polysafe Standard PUR flooring ranges have impressive environmental credentials, achieving an individually certified BRE Global A+ rating (ENP 415 & ENP 472) for healthcare environments to help maximise a BREEAM score. This is supported by both products being awarded the BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Standard. Both are manufactured in the UK, contain recycled material and are 100% recyclable via the Recofloor vinyl take back scheme.

Polyflor also offers another three acoustic flooring ranges specifically for heavy commercial installations - new Silentflor PUR, Acoustix Forest fx PUR along with Acoustifoam that can be fitted underneath any 2mm vinyl sheet flooring.
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