Four designs and eight colourways from Forbo’s extensive Marmoleum floor collection have created a durable, design-led, resilient surface flooring solution for NHS Tayside’s new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) unit.
Built in Dundee, the new £8 million facility will provide round-the-clock care for young people across the north of Scotland coping with mental health conditions.
Director at Dundee-based Gauldie Wright & Partners and project architect for the CAMHS unit, Peter Kingston, commented: “Designed with the complex needs of the users in mind, now and in the future, the building is bright and welcoming and we wanted to achieve a surface flooring solution that would enhance its design internally. The Marmoleum collection offers a great range of designs with the advantage of a large colour palette, allowing us to create exactly the finish we were looking for.”
With its retro-yet-modern linear design, 600m2 of Marmoleum Striato in the warm tone of Compressed Time has added an extra dimension to the corridors throughout the building, whilst the multi-shaded Colour Stream sets the tone perfectly for the Art Resource Room.
In classroom areas the Lavender Field colourway has been combined with the complementary Donkey Island from the Marmoleum Vivace collection, to help to create a positive learning environment. In the bedroom wings, Marmoleum Real, with its classic marble structure, features in three contrasting colours in a floor scheme designed to help patients, visitors and staff with wayfinding.
Peter continues: “Marmoleum is particularly versatile. Apart from achieving an A+ rating in healthcare, as assessed by BREEAM, it is especially good from a durability and cleaning perspective for general circulation areas like receptions and corridors, canteens and waiting areas. It also offers health and hygiene benefits thanks to its inherent anti-bacterial qualities, which for a healthcare environment is obviously essential.”
To help to keep floor surfaces throughout the unit clean and dry and to reduce the risks of slips and trips, Forbo’s Coral Welcome entrance flooring, a textile ‘clean-off’ range, has also been installed. Coral entrance flooring can reduce the costs of cleaning by up to 65% and cut repair and maintenance bills as it can stop up to 94% of walked in dirt and moisture entering a building, thereby prolonging the life of interior floor finishes.
Working to a phased programme, specialist installer MacGregor Flooring Company Ltd installed the flooring over a 10-week period. Contracts manager Crawford MacGregor said: “We have worked with Forbo for over 30 years and are always delighted with the service provided. For this particular project, Forbo recommended particular roll sizes to reduce joints in the installation. This is just the kind of advice we’re looking for as it delivers that professional finish our clients expect.”
For more information on Forbo Flooring Systems and products suitable for healthcare environments please call 0844 822 3928 or visit www.forbo-flooring.co.uk/healthcare