Sirius Academy, Hull

Client: Sirius Academy
Type of works: supplied 4,500m2 of Tarkett’s iQ Granit vinyl flooring.

Students at the Sirius Academy in Hull have recently moved into a new, inspirational school building, which houses state-of-the-art facilities and features a variety of flooring solutions from Tarkett. The £48million building provides contemporary science and ICT facilities; a recording studio; hair and beauty salon; construction bays and an eco-dome for environmental science.

The building can accommodate up to 1400 students, so the new flooring has to be able to withstand very heavy daily use, particularly in the circulation zones and stairwells. For these areas, around 4,500m2 of Tarkett’s iQ Granit vinyl flooring was used. As part of Tarkett’s highly successful iQ Range, Granit offers the best life cycle costs on the market together with outstanding quality, performance and design characteristics. It features a 3rd generation PUR surface reinforcement that guarantees no wax or polish will ever be needed and thanks to its Unique Surface Restoration, simple dry buffing will restore the flooring surface to its original appearance and properties. This gives extreme longevity and helps to minimise maintenance costs.

Tarkett’s Safetred Spectrum safety flooring was installed to all the classrooms and the hair and beauty salon to enhance safety underfoot in these busy areas. Safetred Spectrum is a heavy traffic vinyl flooring ideal for applications where slip resistance, attractive design and ease of maintenance are key requirements. Its Safety Clean PUR surface treatment is reinforced with slip resistant granules in addition to those within the wear layer, to provide lasting performance. Safetred Spectrum offers R10 slip resistance and, being manufactured to EN 13845, this is guaranteed to be sustained throughout the flooring’s lifetime.

Contract Flooring and Interiors (CFI) Ltd installed over 14,000m2 of Tarkett flooring throughout the new school. James Needler, CFI Director commented: “This was quite a large installation, so we were delighted to be working with Tarkett as their products are really flexible and easy to handle and install. We’re really pleased with the overall finish and the client was very happy too!”

The installation also included around 600m2 of Tarkett Omnisports flooring for the Ganton Sports Hall. Ganton is a special school for children with severe or complex learning difficulties and is now co-located in the new facilities at the Sirius Academy. Tarkett’s Omnisports range of specialist sports surfaces are available in four specific thicknesses to satisfy varying degrees of shock absorption and performance requirements. All products are easy to install and feature Topclean XP, a sanitized surface treatment that reduces maintenance costs and resists development of bacteria and fungi. The highly cellularised acoustic foam also reduces the transmission of sound.

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