Client: George Best Belfast City Airport
Type of works: installed nora® rubber floor coverings
The development of George Best Belfast City Airport has generated a significant improvement to passenger facilities for the award winning terminal building in Northern Ireland.
The airport was first opened as a commercial airport in 1983, now servicing more the 2.5 million passengers every year and as one of the main gateways to Belfast, the terminal has become a heavily trafficked hub for short haul flights across Ireland and Great Britain.
In order to respond to the demands of increasing passengers, the recent upgrade saw the catering and retail areas extended and reorganised by BDP Architects. nora® rubber floor coverings were installed within the airport as a durable and functional aspect of the re-development. Over 1,600m2 of norament® 926 strada has been installed in the departure and retail areas, a product renowned for high durability, increased slip resistance and economic cleaning charactaristics.
For the design, the experienced team at BDP created a sleek pathway leading through the retail areas using a sweeping curve of alternating coloured panels which are mirrored from floor to ceiling. An acoustic paneled roof, coupled with two contrasting colours of norament® strada now provide a contemporary retail space for passengers. nora® rubber floorcoverings are permanently resilient, providing a high degree of walking and standing comfort throughout the service life.
norament® strada is particularly pleasant to walk on due to the 3.5 mm thickness which offers an increased amount of resilient compound to provide a warm and ergonomic pathway through the airport. norament® strada has a slip resistance of R10, and coupled with the comfort properties of the rubber, allows a sure footing for passengers in the departure lounges and terminal areas.
Thanks to the nature of the floorcoverings, they are easily cleaned and maintained, with excellent life cycle savings. nora® floorcoverings are mainly composed of high-grade industrial and natural rubber qualities, minerals from natural sources as well as environmentally compatible colour pigments and do not contain PVC, plasticizers (phthalates) or halogens (e.g. chlorine).
nora® floor coverings have been installed in hundreds of airports worldwide, including Londons Heathrow, Gatwick, Frankfurt, Shanghai, New York JFK and many more. Therefore, wherever travellers might fly to in the world passengers are likely to find some familiarity beneath their feet.
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