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FORBO & Glenmorangie – The Perfect Blend

The infamous single malt scotch whisky brand, Glenmorangie, has a new state-of-the-art bottling plant and offices in Livingston West Lothian, which incorporates a selection of Forbo Flooring Systems’ products across its project vinyl, carpet tile and safety flooring ranges. Forbo was able to meet the requirements for a wide selection of different floor types to achieve the project’s brief in terms of durability, aesthetics and BREEAM specification needs.

For many specifiers and developers, it is often challenging to find a variety of flooring to suit the different application requirements of multi purpose buildings. Forbo Flooring Systems provides a one stop shop for specifiers, which is both time and cost effective and provides one central contact point for all technical advice and support.

This was key to the specification of Forbo’s products within the new Glenmorangie facility, as both the interior designers, James Barr, and flooring contractor, Macgregor Flooring Hamilton have specified and installed Forbo products on previous projects, and have come to rely on the attentive service and concise product knowledge offered.

James Barr was appointed as interior designers by The Glenmorangie Company to work alongside its consultants Blyth & Blyth and Jacobsen French Architects to create a unique and highly functional office space within the new bottling plant at Alba Campus, Livingston.

“The initial brief required an open plan working environment with reception, meeting spaces, canteen facility and offices to the ground floor and further office accommodation to the first floor, all with an emphasis on The Glenmorangie Company corporate identity,” explains Emma Ballantine, interior designer at James Barr.

James Barr specified Forbo’s Tessera Atrium, coal – a soft grey shade, throughout the office annex finishing the main open plan office areas. Atrium is a structured loop pile tile manufactured from 100% polyamide, which offers outstanding wear performance and appearance retention, perfect for Glenmorangie’s durability needs. The colour palette has been designed specifically for the commercial market, and has been carefully selected to work in combination with other Forbo flooring ranges.

Continuing the corporate colour theme, Forbo’s Effect Linea project vinyl and Safestep Grip safety vinyl were specified for the canteen area, in muted pewter shades ensuring complete colour fluidity from one area to another. Both products provide a durable surface that maintains their aesthetic properties, whilst Safestep Grip provides a slip resistant finish.

General purpose vinyl ranges from Forbo have a unique PUR Pearl™ coating, which gives a matt appearance and low visibility of scratches. Meanwhile, Safestep Grip provides a modern, industrial design with a unique diamond embossed shape. The distinctive embossed surface is suitable for all areas that may be susceptible to liquid spillages.

“A key factor in the design process was the achievement of BREEAM certification, which was driven by The Glenmorangie Company and careful consideration was paid to selecting finishes which adhered to this,” comments Emma Ballantine. All of the specified Forbo products achieve an A or above BREEAM rating.

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