Royal Oldham Hospital

Client: The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Architect: Taylor Young Architects
Type of works: supply of Marmoleum floor tiles.

Designs from across the Marmoleum and Project Vinyl collections from Forbo Flooring Systems have been used to great effect at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust radiotherapy facility at the Royal Oldham Hospital. Forming an integral part of the interior design, a range of vibrant colours were specified in both tile and sheet formats and designs, hand cut on site to achieve a welcoming aesthetic that flows throughout. The durability offered by both collections also meets the high traffic demands of the hospital.

The radiotherapy facility is a newly built cancer centre spanning over 1,700m2. Forbo Flooring Systems has provided flooring across the entire development, which includes treatment, pre-treatment and consulting areas, as well as a number of offices, a reception, café and information centre.

A key part of the design brief was for the entrance area to create an inviting atmosphere for visitors. Therefore Liz Davies, architect with Taylor Young, chose a selection of Forbo’s Marmoleum Real tiles in its Barley, Shitake and Rust colourways to convey a warm and welcoming feel, in addition to the Opera shade in sheet format, which was then cut down on site to create tiles. The tile designs were then used to create a welcoming feel, adding interest to each of the centre’s departments.

To provide additional depth to the unit’s overall design concept, Taylor Young Architects developed a series of motifs, creating an intriguing design piece that demonstrates the flexibility Marmoleum has to offer. The intricate design in the maze entrances to the Linear Accelerators is formed by entwining several different colours.

All Forbo linoleum products have a Topshield finish, a unique water-based finish that provides inherent protection of the flooring system. The main reception area will be subject to a high intensity of foot traffic, therefore it was essential the flooring system could stand up to this. The Topshield finish not only maintains the overall performance of the flooring, it ensures its aesthetics will stay looking good for years to come.

Furthermore, Marmoleum has natural bacteriostatic properties, which have been confirmed by independent laboratories, even against the bacteria MRSA, a key factor in specification for the healthcare sector.

In addition to Forbo’s Marmoleum, Taylor Young also selected Effect Volta from Forbo’s Project Vinyl range, complementing the Marmoleum used throughout the radiotherapy unit.

Philip Turner Project Manager at The Christie said: “The main requirement of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust was to install a flooring system that was not only durable, but also visually interesting. Many of our patients have commented favourably and we are delighted with the results.”

Liz Davies said: “We specified linoleum because it is a sustainable material, and the great range of natural colours meant that we could develop some interesting designs, which we coordinated with the overall interior design theme. The aim was to create a high quality, modern environment that doesn’t feel like a hospital and we are all very pleased with the outcome.”

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