Howe Green supply “specials” for renovation of Nationalmuseum of Art, Stockholm

Howe Green Ltd supplied specially manufactured floor access covers for Sweden’s premier art and design museum. The Nationalmuseum of Art in Stockholm is currently closed whilst undergoing an extensive restoration programme.

The aim of the renovation is to create a more modern environment that will enhance the overall visitor experience whilst retaining the museum’s architectural heritage.  The renovations began in 2015 and the new museum is expected to open in 2018.

The transformation will include the installation of a state-of-the-art climate control system; the reinstating of bricked up windows to flood the space with natural light; new security technology and the expansion of the public spaces to house exhibits and visitor amenities.

The National Property Board of Sweden are the developers. They are working with Swedish architects Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB and Wikerstål Arkitekter AB.

Howe Green’s Swedish distributor, Elkington AB, was contracted to supply floor access covers for the project.  Elkington have worked with Howe Green since 1999.  They have an extensive knowledge of the range of standard access covers and bespoke access solutions that Howe Green can design and manufacture.

 Otto von Platen, Managing Director for Elkington comments, “We are always happy to recommend Howe Green access covers, especially in situations where the client requires a finish that is visually appealing and of superior quality.  Buildings with a high level of pedestrian traffic, such as museums, hospitals and airports, require an access solution that can deliver on aesthetics, security and quality. We are confident that Howe Green covers fulfil those requirements.”

Howe Green’s 7500 Series Medium Duty Floor Aluminium Access Covers were fitted as duct runs in the museum. The majority of the covers were infilled with limestone floor tiles to provide a virtually invisible finish. The remaining units have a visible concrete finish. All the covers were supplied double sealed to ensure the highest performance and quality.

Health and safety is paramount within any public area.  The seamless fit of the floor access covers will help to reduce the risks of slip and trip hazards.

The covers are highly functional, providing easy and safe access to the cabling and services concealed underneath the ducts. Once the renovation work is complete and the museum reopens the covers will ensure that services can be accessed with the minimum of disruption to the daily operation.

The 7500 Series Medium Duty Floor Access Cover has been used in many museums including the V&A and the British Museum in London and the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea.

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Bostik ensures a flawless finish at London residential development

Bostik has supplied a range of subfloor preparation products and adhesives to deliver a high quality flooring finish at the Paddington Exchange development in Paddington, London.

The Paddington Exchange project is a large residential development comprising of 123 stunning apartments in the heart of London. The project was carried out for main contractor, Bouygues UK.

Working with Chelmer Group, the main flooring contractor on the project, Bostik supplied a subfloor preparation package to cover approximately 20,000m2 of the new development. This included the Bostik Screedmaster Rapid DPM, One Coat Membrane and Universal Primer, as well as the Screedmaster Flow and Ultimate smoothing compounds.

A wide variety of floor coverings were installed on the project, including ceramic and porcelain tiles, timber, carpet, LVT and vinyl. Bostik provided an adhesives package to cater for the different characteristics of each covering, which included Bostik MC250 Vitri-Flex and Bostik MC310 OPF for the ceramic and porcelain tiles, as well as Bostik Laybond Wood, Carpet and Vinyl adhesives.

Technical expertise

As the installation took place during the winter months, the site presented some difficult working conditions such as increased moisture levels and limited timescales.

Carl Harper, Senior Contracts Manager for Chelmer Group, said: “Bostik’s wide product and service offering, including on-site testing and a team of technical experts made them the obvious choice for the London development.

“Having worked alongside Bostik on a number of projects previously, we were confident in the quality of the products specified. Bostik offers a complete package for flooring installations, from damp proof membranes and primers through to smoothing compounds and adhesives. This meant we could use products from a single brand throughout the project, safe in the knowledge that they were all compatible.”

Minimising downtime

After Bostik’s technical team visited the site and carried out a hygrometer reading to test for moisture in the screed, it was recommended that a surface damp proof membrane be used prior to the flooring installation, as the moisture levels were above the recommended 75% relative humidity (RH). Bostik’s Screedmaster Rapid DPM was specified as it has a fast drying time of approximately one hour, which granted quicker access to the site and minimised downtime, along with the Screedmaster One Coat Membrane.

Specialist products

Once the damp proof membranes had cured, an even coating of Bostik’s Universal Primer was applied to enhance interaction between the subfloor and the smoothing compound.

Carl added: “The Paddington Exchange development had an almost non-existent water supply on site so we chose to use Bostik’s Screedmaster Flow and Ultimate smoothing compounds across various areas of the project, which are two-part products supplied with a polymer liquid.

“Both products have excellent workability and flow characteristics, making them quick and easy to use. We were left with an exceptionally smooth surface on which we could bond the various floorcoverings during the final stages of the installation.

“Thanks to Bostik’s support, the installation was completed within deadline resulting in satisfaction for the client and peace of mind for Chelmer Group knowing that we had achieved highly professional results.”

For further information on the extensive range of subfloor preparation and adhesive products available from Bostik, please visit, email or call 01785 272625.



UltraFloor helps showcase a legendary brand in Gateshead

Aiken Flooring Contracts have completed subfloor preparation using UltraFloor materials on a Harley Davidson showroom project in Gateshead.

The project was secured by CFA member, Aiken Flooring Contracts who worked to a tight deadline and finished the showroom floor in only 4 weeks.  The work included floor prep, priming, damp proofing, bulking out and levelling prior to floor covering application.  The UltraFloor range of materials were chosen due to their reliable performance and helped to secure a successful and cost-effective project.

UltraFloor Multi-surface Primer was used prior to the application of the damp proof membrane and leveller.  This popular primer is suitable for porous and non-porous substrates, enhancing adhesion and reducing pinholing for a bond-proof installation.

Rapid curing primer membrane, DPM IT is designed to provide protection against subfloor moisture.  Boasting a 98%RH floor moisture tolerance the two-part epoxy resin system cures in 5 hours.

High flow, two-component smoothing underlayment Level IT Two can be applied at depths between 2 and 12mm.  For deeper sections up to a maximum of 30mm, as required in the showroom, a graded aggregate filler can be used to bulk out prior to levelling.  Low odour and protein free, Level IT Two can be overlaid after 12 hours with bonded floor coverings.

For further product information including the datasheet please visit or to place an order call 01827 871871.  Keep up-to-date with the latest news, competitions and much more from UltraFloor on Twitter, follow: @Ultra_Floor.



How to clean rubber studded flooring

Barry Crackett is the product designer at brushware manufacturer Brushtec, which focuses on making innovative cleaning solutions for the industrial sector. Here, he shares his top tips for cleaning rubber studded floors and keeping them in the best possible condition.

Rubber studded flooring is hard-wearing and low-maintenance. It’s also particularly stain-resistant and doesn’t absorb liquids, which makes it relatively easy to clean.

Due to its resilience, it’s become a popular choice for use in public areas that experience heavy footfall, such airports and train stations. It’s also ideal for use in establishments where hygiene is key, such as schools and hospitals, since it can be kept spotless with ease.

However, although rubber studded flooring is a particularly durable and convenient option, it does require specialised maintenance to keep it in the best possible condition. So, here are my top cleaning tips that will ensure you get the most out of your rubber flooring.

Remove dirt and debris first

The first step in your cleaning routine should be to sweep or vacuum up any loose dirt and debris. It’s important that you do this before anything else to prevent your flooring from getting scratched during the cleaning process.

It’s very easy to do this with typical level flooring, but removing particles from between the studs of rubber flooring can take some extra work. Therefore, it can be wise to invest in a brush that has been designed for this kind of situation. Look for one with two different bristle lengths, as this will help you to clean even the most hard-to-reach areas.

Use appropriate cleaning products

While rubber studded flooring is particularly durable, it can still be damaged if cleaned using the wrong kind of products.

When picking out the cleaning supplies you’ll use, it’s best to opt for those that are PH neutral, as products that are especially acidic or alkaline can damage the surface of rubber flooring quite significantly. You should also refrain from using anything that contains turpentine or any similar concentrated strippers or degreasers.

Make an extra effort in areas with heavy footfall

It’s best to take extra precautions when it comes to areas of rubber studded flooring that experience a lot of footfall. To keep its surface in good condition, you can apply a metallised emulsion that will help to increase the resilience of your floor.

You should apply at least two coasts of the emulsion, and leave each to dry completely before adding the next. This process can take quite some time, so it’s important that you factor this into your maintenance plans.

By following these tips you’ll achieve great results every time you clean your rubber studded flooring, as well as extend its lifespan. So, invest in the most appropriate tools and update your maintenance routine now for the best results.


Join Instarmac at this year’s inaugural Tiling Show

Visit Instarmac on stand Q3 where their premium brands UltraFloor, UltraTile and Granfix will be showcasing their popular subfloor preparation, tile fixing and grouting solutions.

To be held at the Harrogate International Centre from the 18th – 20th September, The Tiling Show is an exciting new exhibition for the tile and stone industry. It will run alongside The Flooring Show creating a ‘2 in 1’ day out for all visitors.

The Instarmac stand will debut the Granfix range following this year’s acquisition and the new UltraTile Level IT Rapid, a leveller formulated for same day tiling. There will also be the opportunity to discuss the new UltraFloor products launched earlier this summer, moisture suppressant, Suppress IT and bulking concrete, Fill IT.

A guaranteed popular feature at the show will be TTA’s Demo Zone. A full timetable of half an hour demonstrations will be held during the course of the show’s three days, Instarmac will hold two of these. On Sunday 18th September at 3pm take your seats for the ‘Fixing of Large Format Porcelain Tiles’. Instarmac representatives, Daniel Spencer and Andrew Carroll, will be taking the floor discussing these problematic tiles and the use of UltraTile FibreGrip FX to fix them.

At 1.30pm on Tuesday 20th September, join Daniel again for the ‘Grouting of Natural Stone Installations’. This demonstration will provide all you need to know on both internal and external grouting. Daniel will be joined by Nick Holmes, who will showcase UltraScape’s flowable external paving grout, Flowpoint. This rapid setting grout is ideal for use with sandstone, limestone, granite and concrete paving types.

For more information on Instarmac and any of the brands featuring at the show please call 01827 871871 or visit Register free to attend the show by visiting We look forward to seeing you there and having a drink on our stand with you.


New Surtronic Duo with Slip Assessment Tool

Making light work of flooring assessments

Taylor Hobson’s Surtronic Duo is widely used in conjunction with the HSE Slip Assessment Tool (SAT), software for the assessment of slipping accident risk.  Ideally suited to flooring measurements due to its ‘remote control’ operation, the new Surtronic Duo uses familiar smartphone technology for improved performance:

The Surtronic Duo uses the latest Bluetooth technology for quick, reliable communication between the measurement head and its remote control – operators can place the measurement head on the flooring section to be measured and take measurements from a distance at the press of a button.

The look of the Surtronic Duo has also changed – the traditional curved shape of the Duo (which earned it’s nickname of ‘Kenny’ in the field) has been replaced with a much sleeker and more robust rubberised moulding.  Users have the advantage of an intuitive 3-button menu and a crisp 6cm colour LCD screen with graphical display.

The Surtronic Duo uses the latest rechargeable battery technology and incorporates a USB mini port for fast charging.  The unit is then stored in a handy canvas bag ready for use at a moment’s notice.

Use of the hand-held Surtronic Duo requires minimal training – users can quickly make surface finish measurements around the flooring assessment area.  These readings are then used in conjunction with the HSE SAT (Slip Assessment Tool) software to give a clear indication of the potential for slip, allowing H&S personnel to make an objective decision about the safety of their flooring.

Spectrum Metrology is the UK distributor for the Taylor Hobson Duo – with the increased focus on slips and trips by the HSE, Spectrum is seeing orders from sectors such as hospitals, shopping centres, restaurants, public transport networks and local authorities.  Flooring manufacturers also use the Surtronic Duo to control the roughness in their manufacturing processes and meet the increasingly stringent requirements of their customers.

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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.