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FORBO FLOORING SYSTEMS - Mapping The Route To Imaginative Flooring Design

Pupils at Clapham Manor Primary School have the whole of London at their feet, with the installation of an impressive A-Z street map floor design in the school’s new extension. The result of close collaboration between the school and flooring reseller, harveymaria®, the stunning design has been made possible thanks to Floorink, the revolutionary printed vinyl flooring from specialists Printed Space in partnership with Forbo Flooring Systems.

Specified as part of an ambitious extension project, the unique flooring design, which depicts the urban area of Clapham and other well-known London landmarks, contributed to the school being nominated for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize last year and perfectly demonstrates the imaginative results that can be achieved using Floorink.

The innovative street map design was conceived by the school and Mark Findlay, Managing Director of Harveymaria, who supplied and installed the flooring. Looking for a design that was both fun and educational, the A-Z motif was chosen in order to stimulate the children’s spatial awareness and sense of ‘place’ within their local environment.

Mark said: “We were delighted to work with Clapham Manor School to provide the dramatic flooring focal point for this award nominated project. The school were very clear about their vision for the floor space and I am very pleased to say that through meticulous design and careful planning, we have helped bring this vision to life. Everyone is delighted with the outcome, and, most importantly, the children love it!

“This new flooring service enables ambitious designers to add some panache to offices, retail spaces and educational schemes – and Clapham Manor School is an excellent example of the way visionary flooring design can bring a building to life.”

As the only product in the world to offer state-of-the-art bespoke digital printing capabilities in a durable, commercial grade vinyl, Floorink offers unlimited possibilities for specifiers to create unique and inspiring flooring designs, using graphics, high-resolution photography, maps or logos.

Printed Space has considerable experience of dealing with any type, size, scale and complexity of design statement, and having undertaken extensive market research and product developments, has perfected its high resolution printing process which guarantees pin-sharp images are printed perfectly onto vinyl flooring, in partnership with leading flooring manufacture Forbo Flooring.

Perfect for any flooring project, Floorink combines a quality hard wearing vinyl product from Forbo, complete with a 10 year wear layer guarantee and non slip properties, with stunning and exciting visuals. Excellent acoustic performance is achieved, up to 17 db, as well as outstanding print capabilities of six colour print at 600 dpi. Floorink is available in two metre widths for commercial applications and up to four metres wide for residential.

Brian Hazell, Headteacher at Clapham Manor Primary School, said: “We are really pleased with the flooring. It is exactly what we were looking for – an eye-catching piece that is both fun and educational.”

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