Medway Library, Universities at Medway Partnership
Architect: RMJM Architects
Type of works: supply of Structura carpet tiles to University library.
Desso has supplied 5,000m2 of Structura carpet tiles to the longest library in Europe for the Universities at Medway Partnership involving the universities of Greenwich, Kent and Canterbury Christ Church together with Mid-Kent College. The refurbishment of the Drill Hall, which is now used by the universities as a library has been carried out by RMJM Architects.
The Structura structured loop-pile carpet tiles, specified by Mark Richardson of RMJM Architects, were selected for their strong aesthetic quality, embodying the bold confidence of contemporary architecture in the graphic-style design, which creates a subtle random effect on the floor. This design works well in very large spaces such as the Drill Hall, where the flooring plays an integral part of the overall impression of the space.
The Drill Hall is a renovated Edwardian structure of architectural interest, which now features as the centrepiece of the Medway campus in Chatham.
The look of the floor in this building was paramount, explained Mark. The Drill Hall is an existing structure which has its own visual language. For this reason the products we specified needed to blend with this scheme as well as providing a freshly muted backdrop for the new function of the building as a library.
The tonal Blue colourway selected by RMJM Architects is one of ten colours available in the Structura range. Antron Excel fibres contribute to the performance quality of the carpet, which needs to stand up to the heavy footfall of students, as well as library trolleys and heavy bookcases.