Public House, Edinburgh

Project Designers: Mogen Interiors
Type of works: supplied iQ Optima flooring

A large public house in Edinburgh, built in the 1950s, has recently been restored to its former glory as part of a major refurbishment programme. Tarkett was selected to supply the new flooring for the public bar area and the Tarkett Floorcraft team worked closely with the project designers, Mogen Interiors, to re-create typical designs for the interior, based on historical sources from the period.

“When we were given the opportunity to provide an original 1950s interior I was elated, given that the ‘Retro’ look is en vogue at the moment,” explains Mandy Regan, project designer. “Unfortunately the majority of Retro materials available were for light domestic use, not the heavy contract we required. We discovered on site a small area of original 1950s vinyl flooring which we decided to replicate. I needed a flooring manufacturer who could provide cost effective heavy contract vinyl, in the right colours, and an Auto CAD floor plan. Tarkett came up trumps with all the requirements. The Floorcraft team produced a layout to suit the plan: easy if you have a square room, not so if you have one area that is rectangular flanked by another connecting area that is circular spanning over 7 metres wide, with a tartan pattern! The main circles and tartan pattern were delivered in large ready assembled pieces and we allowed a 300mm border for tolerance. My client and I were delighted with the end product.”

Tarkett’s iQ Optima was selected for installation throughout the public bar and was expertly fitted by Forth Furnishings. As part of Tarkett’s highly successful iQ Range of homogeneous vinyl floorcoverings, Optima offers one of the lowest life cycle costs on the market. It is extremely hardwearing and durable, making it ideal for heavy duty commercial applications. The quality and composition of the overall thickness combined with a 3rd generation PUR surface treatment means Optima needs no wax or polish for life, just simple dry buffing. Maintenance costs can be reduced by up to 30%, and as less water, chemicals and energy are needed for cleaning, it helps protect the environment too.

Optima is available in a range of 30 vibrant colours, including retro-inspired chilli, orange, lime, lemon and pistachio. There are also neutral colours, including sand and khaki and a selection of grey shades. Special pigments and granules of transparent material give a beautiful depth to these colours and make Optima a great choice for bespoke flooring designs.

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