Gemini – Contract Flooring Products Direct

Gemini Adhesives will showcase its range of fitter friendly floor solutions for contract flooring companies on Stand B15 of the Flooring Show at Harrogate from 20-22 September 2015.

Already well known for its innovative Grabfast spray adhesive ranges, Gemini will demonstrate two options of Grab-Tac sprayable carpet tile adhesives to suit all site situations, providing the fastest way to apply carpet tile tackifier.

Gemini will also be demonstrating its unique phthalate free flexible flooring profiles in conjunction with Grabfast Gold spray adhesive. This combination provides a competitively priced, easy to install, hard wearing and scuff resistant resilient floor finishing system which is guaranteed not to de-bond or shrink. 

All Gemini products are available on a next day delivery service direct from manufacture. Full details of the ranges are available online at and in a new Contract Flooring Products Direct brochure which will be launched at the Flooring Show.


Forbo’s Tuftiguard HD is one tough entrance flooring system!

Due to a very challenging environment, the Bentall Centre, in Kingston upon Thames, required a rigid and heavy duty floor covering for its glass tunnelled footbridge – linking the car parks to the shopping centre. The floor covering had to remove moisture and soil from the soles of shoes and wheeled traffic, as well as cope with the major movement caused by the interior high temperature fluctuations. After extensive research undertaken by Forbo Flooring Systems, Master Matting Installations Co and the Bentall Centre, Forbo’s Nuway Tuftiguard HD entrance flooring system proved to be the most viable and cost effective solution.

David Burns at Master Matting Installations Co, the contractors on the project commented: “We were involved in the initial stages of the enquiry about this project, because of our unique blend of design, engineering and technical knowledge. As such, Ashley Thulborn (Forbo’s Key Account Manager) and I went along to view the bridge’s badly performing floor. Due to the substantial movement caused by the temperature fluctuations inside the tunnel, the rubber tiled floor covering had been stretched and so it was lifting up from the adhesive and bubbling – causing a major trip hazard for anyone using the bridge. Therefore, we required a floor covering that could cope with the temperature fluctuations and one that would not show visible signs of movement – both critical to maintain the safety of shoppers and employees, as well as achieve a pleasing aesthetic. What’s more, we also required a product that would allow easy access to the maintenance hatches at the end of the footbridge.

“After a year of researching with Ashley, which included us testing various samples of Forbo’s products to comprehend which floor covering would provide optimum results for the centre, we chose to install 135m2 of Forbo’s Nuway Tuftiguard HD Classic in 12mm in an open construction with wiper strips in a double format.”

Forbo’s Nuway Tuftiguard HD delivers excellent performance and appearance retention thanks to its heavy duty, durable and strong structure, which can remove high levels of soil from the soles of shoes or wheel treads.

Ashley Thulborn, Forbo’s Key Account Manager, said: “With a heavy duty structure, the Tuftiguard HD entrance flooring system provides lateral rigidity which means that it is able to handle the expansion and contraction movements, which was supported by the contractor’s devised joints to allow for movement from left to right. The design of the system also allows for the modules to be turned over or changed completely – if one was to be accidently damaged – increasing the longevity and functionality of the floor covering.”

What’s more, the design requirement for access to the bridge inspection hatches was achieved by the use of easily removable modules on Forbo’s Nuway Tuftiguard HD, allowing sections close to the hatches to be lifted and replaced without disturbing the remainder of the installation.

Robert Ritchie, the Bentall Centre’s Director, concluded: “This project has been a real success, Forbo’s Nuway Tuftiguard HD entrance flooring system has greatly enhanced the aesthetics of the bridge and after all the hot weather we have experienced during the summer months, I can confirm that the flooring has managed extremely well with movements and there have been no problems.

“I’m also very positive that the system will provide us with exceptional safety when it comes to shoppers trawling in mud, snow and wet shoes in the winter months – which I’m sure the cleaners will be happy to hear as an easier cleaning and maintenance regime will be required.”

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Survey shows importance of safety

Supermarkets, hospitals, stations and schools have all featured on a list of places Brits would consider suing should they take a tumble while on the premises.

A new survey by safety flooring experts Tarkett polled 1,000 people and ties in with the expansion of the company’s popular Safetred range.

Top of the list of organisations people would consider suing should they suffer a slip were supermarkets with 33% of respondents saying they would think about legal action if they fell in store.

Worryingly for employers, 23% of people would consider suing their place of work if they fell on the premises.

Sarah Igglesden, brand manager at Tarkett UK, said: “The results of this survey show that society is getting increasingly litigious and with more than 8,000 major injuries caused by slips, trips or falls reported to the HSE last year*, there is a strong possibility that an organisation could be on the receiving end of a legal suit.

“To combat this, organisations need to ensure facilities are up to standard and measures are taken to prevent incident and injury.
“One way of reducing the likelihood of someone slipping over is to install high-quality, high-performance safety flooring.”

Public sector institutions don’t get off lightly either, with the survey revealing that nearly 20% of people would sue a hospital while 11% would consider legal action against a school.

To help prevent slips Tarkett is expanding its industry leading Safetred safety range to provide the market with a complete solution for floors and walls.

There are two new collections, Safetred Ion and Safetred Aqua.
The Safetred Ion collection is available in Linen and Contrast. Linen is available in 14 colours with a woven pattern effect designed to be more homely.

Contrast is a decorative, three dimensional, multi flake effect safety floor suitable for entrances and corridors and available in six colours.
Tarkett’s Safetred Aqua range has an improved specification that includes specially designed top embossing, as well as aluminium oxide particles.

It’s suitable for barefoot and shod and for use in wet and dry areas, so is ideal for the leisure, healthcare, aged-care and hospitality industry.
Both Aqua and Ion are manufactured in the UK and co-ordinate with Tarkett’s range of impact resistance wall coverings and accessories.
With an TRRL Pendulum test of >36(R10) slip resistance, Ion and Aqua is safety flooring that doesn’t look like safety flooring, so perfect for living areas and bedrooms in places such as care homes, hospitals and in social housing.

Sarah said: “As our survey shows, the importance of good safety flooring is growing all the time.

“But this doesn’t mean that designers and specifiers have to opt for flooring with traditional designs, which can sometimes mean expensive maintenance.

“These new additions to our Safetred range expand the possibilities of what can be done with safety flooring and provide the functionality and accessories that are increasingly in demand.
“By providing a co-ordinated range of safety products for floors and walls we’ve created the ultimate design solution that we expect to be extremely well received.”

Top ten places / organisations Brits would consider suing

  1. Supermarket – 33%
  2. Train station – 23%
  3. Place of work – 23%
  4. Cinema – 20%
  5. Hospital – 19%
  6. Local authority (street slips) – 16%
  7. Gym / leisure centre – 15%
  8. Pub / restaurant – 15%
  9. School – 11%
  10. Corner shop – 11%

Taking centre stage!

When Selby Carpets, the leading flooring and carpet installation specialist, was chosen to help refurbish Watersmeet Theatre in Rickmansworth it did so in its typically eco-friendly way.

Selby Carpets is a company that prides itself on its eco-friendly values and it aims to recycle as much waste as possible at every installation. So far, the company has sent nearly 10,000 square metres of carpet tiles, six tonnes of cardboard and over one tonne of heavy duty polythene carpet wrapping for recycling rather than landfill and the refurbishment of the Watersmeet Theatre was no exception.

The first job in the project was to help renovate the 515-seat auditorium with its unique hydraulic floor. Selby Carpets uplifted the old floor and recycled the existing carpet and carpet tiles wherever possible. The company then carried out sub-floor preparation works before supplying and installing a new heavy contract carpet to the theatre floor. The next step was to provide Fernlea carpet tiles to the reception and foyer and replace the entrance matting installing new trims where necessary.

“We are extremely pleased with the facelift that the venue has had,” said Stuart Warren, Venue Manager “Selby Carpets was extremely professional and looked after every aspect of removing and installing the flooring – with the minimum disruption and maximum speed. The fact that our old flooring has been recycled and not just gone to waste is an added bonus.”

For more details on Selby Carpets visit or telephone 0207 739 5051.