Installed to perfection right down to the molecular level

Installed to perfection right down to the molecular level

Project: Castle Hill Hospital Ward 22
Client: Ark Interiors

After a successful installation of Wards 18 and 19 (See project here) at Castle Hill Hospital, in Cottingham, S&D Flooring were once again appointed by Ark Interiors (part of the Strata Group) to install a wide range of flooring products to assist with the restoration and transformation of a redundant medical ward into a bespoke contemporary office and training centre that is a more useable space for teams.

Break Out Zone installed by S&D Flooring
Castle Hill Ward 22 – Office Break Out Zone

The Brief…

As part of the brief, S&D Flooring was appointed to install a prepared design (from Ark Interiors) that echoes a modern and motivating working environment. This is reflected with bursts of brightly coloured hexagonal carpet tiles that appear throughout the Wards’ breakout area – which to some could be seen as making reference to the atomic structures of proteins and other compounds. Supporting this, features a sea of neutral greys and patches of Karndean Lime wash oak planks. Whereas towards the centre of the ward and down several small corridors features a combination of artificial grass and Desso Essence stripe Green carpet tiles. Following from the main hub of the ward consists of several small to medium training rooms and offices that feature a mixture of subtle toned carpets and carpet tiles with strips of bold colours that connect with the colour on their feature walls. Finally, the project also consisted of installing, capping and coving Polyflor PUR safety flooring in two medium sized toilets that are situated towards the edge of the site.

Training Room installed with Desso Essence Black and Essence stripe Orange.
Training room installed with Desso Essence Range by S&D Flooring

With only 48 man-working days available to install over 800 square metres of carpet tiles, safety flooring and artificial grass, plus layers of Damp Proof Membrane and Instarmac Screed. This was surely a fast paced and complex operation – if you’d pardon the pun. One of the challenges S&D Flooring and the Boys in Blue faced during this project was working around several different trades whom were conducting their own wall, ceiling and electrics installations. To mitigate the potential risks of not being able to complete the project on time it was agreed that after completing a sub floor preparation our installers would quickly install flooring in one area whilst trades worked in another before protecting the newly installed floor and moving around to another area of the site. This proved to be successful but challenging at times, especially in the small areas of the site.

S&D Flooring installing layers of DPM and Screeds across the entire site.
S&D Flooring installing layers of DPM and Screeds across the entire site.
S&D Flooring Boys in Blue working collaboratively with trades.
S&D Flooring Boys in Blue working collaboratively with trades.

Besides handing over a project to our client, one of our favourite parts of the project was to install the hexagonal carpet tiles as it is shape that our Boys in Blue rarely get to install but look absolutely amazing when installed. Plus seeing the completed project in all its glory, as shown in the images below, makes us feel proud of delivering another top quality installation.

Break out office space with Artificial Grass.
Castle Hill Ward 22 Break out zone with Artificial Grass.

 

A Few Final Words…

Gary Finch, Business Manager of Ark Interiors said: “After our successful partnerships on previous HEY NHS projects, we again requested S&D to deliver another first-class flooring installation for the new Education and Development suite at Castle Hill Hospital, Hull – our latest design and build scheme. S&D were right in point with our requirements and our schedule of works was adhered to in the usual professional manner by the S&D team”.

S&D Flooring would like to thank Ark Interiors for giving S&D Flooring the opportunity to work on another interesting and creative project. Plus allowing us to use and share their project photos on our social media platforms, more of which can be found at http://bit.ly/2x4zDBS.

For further information on this project or are simply interested in planning a project with us, contact: S&D Flooring Ltd on 01482 839801 or E-mail at: sales@sanddflooring.co.uk


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We’ve made a Recofloor First, Here’s what we did!

We’ve made a Recofloor First, Here’s what we did!

In a Recofloor first, S&D Flooring Ltd was named double award winner for Brand Ambassador (new for 2017) and Outstanding Achievement – Gold, for our contributions to the Recofloor scheme.

Recofloor is a leading vinyl take-back scheme which recognises the importance and benefits of recycling vinyl flooring. It is used by hundreds of flooring contractors and distributors across the UK. All uplifted and off-cut vinyl flooring products are recycled into either new flooring products by leading flooring suppliers Altro and Polyflor or traffic management products such as cones and sign bases.

Described as the ‘epitome of productivity’ S&D Flooring was given recognition for having a dedicated Recofloor webpage and an active presence on a wide range of social media platforms including: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. S&D Flooring also managed to accumulate and recycle one of the largest volumes of waste and uplifted vinyl by any contractor, which led us to be presented with two awards at the 2017 Annual Recofloor celebration event in London.

Joe Gardner, Project Officer at Recofloor said: “S&D Flooring is the first company in the history of the Recofloor scheme to win two awards in one year at our 2017 awards; they won both the Brand Ambassador and Outstanding Achievement awards”.

“S&D have been nothing short of exemplary, in 2016 they collected the largest volume of material by any contractor (14.6 tonnes) and it was all good quality material with no contamination issues whatsoever. S&D are on track this year to smash last year’s target.”

S&D Flooring Recofloor Brand Ambassador and Outstanding Achievement awards

Flooring Fact:  These trophies are made from the vinyl S&D Flooring helped to recycle. 

Steve Dixon, Managing Director of S&D Flooring said: “In September 2015 S&D Flooring begun its Recofloor journey. Since then our Boys in Blue have recycled over 20 tonnes of waste, uplifted smooth, safety and off-cut vinyl flooring. We have won multiple awards from Best New Comer and Bronze in 2016 to Outstanding Achievement and Brand Ambassador in 2017. At S&D Flooring we continually look to improve our sustainability and reduce our waste disposal costs. Using and promoting our participation with the Recofloor Scheme has helped the organisation save thousands of pounds annually, improve our sustainability and helped secure future projects. Each year we set an increasing vinyl recycling target. This year S&D Flooring aims to recycle 18 tonnes”.

For further information about our Recofloor achievements and how your project with us fits into the scheme, contact:

S&D Flooring Ltd

Call us on: 01482 839801 or Email at: sales@sanddflooring.co.uk

Organisation Update: Top Safety SafeContractor Accreditation for S&D Flooring Ltd

Organisation Update: Top Safety SafeContractor Accreditation for S&D Flooring Ltd

Local business S&D Flooring Ltd has been awarded a SafeContractor Accreditation from Alcumus for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.

Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health & safety management amongst contractors. It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs and FTSE 100 companies.

Employing 21 people, S&D Flooring Ltd is principally involved in the flooring sector, predominately specialising in the commercial sector. S&D Flooring’s most recent clients have included major corporations such as Chameleon Business Interiors, Strata Group, Sewell Group and more.

The company’s application for SafeContractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business. SafeContractor accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to win new contracts, and its commitments to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.

Gemma Archibald, Director of Alcumus SafeContractor said: “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.”

“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way S&D Flooring has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will continually be followed by other companies within the sector. SafeContractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process”.

Steve Dixon, Managing Director of S&D Flooring said: “As an organisation and a community we take pride in ensuring that we regularly update our SafeContractor accreditation.  We continually amend our Health and Safety arrangements, policies and qualifications of all our contractors to ensure that our team aligns with current Health and Safety requirements”.

 

For further information, contact:

S&D Flooring Ltd

Call us on: 01482 839801 or Email at: sales@sanddflooring.co.uk

Castle Hill Hospital

Castle Hill Hospital

Renovation of Wards 18 and 19 at Castle Hill Hospital

An eventful and interesting installation at Castle Hill Hospital in Hull. Over a three-week period, S&D Flooring was tasked to supply and install over 1,500 square metres of a variety of luxury carpet tiles and luxury vinyl tiles and sheet vinyl across Wards 18 and 19 on behalf of Ark Interiors – part of the Strata Group.

Ark Interiors and S&D Flooring have a long standing and successful working relationship. It was an easy decision to engage the S&D team when we needed a forward thinking, flooring contractor who could bring our designs to life for the NHS Castle Hill project. Well done to all at S&D for completing our challenging flooring concept on schedule. – Gary Finch, Business Manager for Ark Interiors.

Castle Hill

Recreating the freshness of spring

Part of the project brief was to install a design that would help create a clean, open, and fresh atmosphere that reflects a modern and motivating working environment. This is reflected with a neutral colour palette with hints of warms bright colours. One of the many bold features that S&D Flooring installed was a series of warm green carpet Desso Fusion Rock tiles that run through the informal and formal working areas. Adding to this, a contrasting neutral grey Expona Design Roman Limestone Vinyl creates an obvious and visually pleasing walkway that threads through the ward; informally separating other zones.

Castle Hill

All we had to do was follow the pattern!

With its many straight lines, block zones and limited curved shapes, installing the products was a relatively straight-forward task, after all, all the S&D Flooring Boys in Blue had to do was follow the pattern. However, during the subfloor preparation, a few issues arose that required some creative thinking for our team of highly skilled floor layers.

When we first attended the site it was apparent that the ward was split up into several areas with different flooring, materials, sub-floor heights and levels. So the first task was to remove all previous flooring materials, screeds and renovation materials to reveal the base. We then used an external contractor to bring the sub-floor to its original state.

Once this was done a moisture test revealed a high reading which meant a DPM was needed to be installed.  We also needed to level the subfloor to receive our floor finishes. To achieve this we installed a sandwich of Ardex NA, Ardex DPM1C and another coat of Ardex NA. Not only did this bring the subfloor to a clean smooth working surface but also eliminated the potential for future problems such as rising moisture.

Castle Hill

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Unsure about what flooring you want for your home? Read what our online community recommends!

Unsure about what flooring you want for your home? Read what our online community recommends!

Each month we have numerous domestic clients ringing up our sales and help team enquiring about a new floor for a room in their home. Quite often, we have potential clients who are unsure about what type of flooring and design would be best fit for them and their home. Fortunately, our dedicated team will always go the extra mile to help our domestic clients choose a floor that is practical and suitable for their needs.

However, as majority of domestic clients look online for helping them select a new floor for their home, S&D Flooring thought it would be a good idea for our online community to share their thoughts and opinions of which type of flooring is best for their home and why?

So, we asked our community if you could choose a new floor for your home, what would it be and why? This was the result!

What flooring: Mark Twitter

Mark Wrightson on Twitter recommends Moduleo Design Flooring because it is spot on and quick to install. It is also durable and is great choice because of its modern styles. Plus, it is easy to clean and maintain. 

What Flooring: Stephen Kemp Twitter

Whereas Stephen Kemp, a regional manager for Tarkett, suggests Tarkett’s latest STARFLOOR CLICK 30 range at bit.ly/2mP6bXx. This Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) range is so retro it is futuristic with a wide range of contemporary designs to suit a range of domestic interiors.


 FLOORING FACT!
Each floor from the Starfloor Click 30 range is equipped with Extreme Protection surface treatment for extra durability and resistance to scuffs, scratches and stains. 


Alternatively, some of our dedicated Facebook followers suggest:

What flooring: Zoe-Facebook

Zoe Nicholson recommends Karndean Design Flooring for their home because it has a gorgeous finish. 

What flooring: Kay-Facebook

Kay Chamberlain recommends industrial carpet tiles for her home as nothing else would cope with her active family and friends. Fortunately S&D Flooring have a solution for Kay. We have a wide range of durable and easy to maintain carpets that are suitable for any home, so there’s no need for industrial carpets.

 And what is even better!

what flooring: Bette-Facebook

Bette Dale on Facebook posts, that a new floor for your home should be laid by S&D Flooring because they are the best!  And we agree with you Bette !!!

So what?

From our online social survey, we have a range of responses that recommends a wide selection of different LVT flooring from leading brands such as Karndean and Tarkett because of their durability, easy maintenance and appearance.  Of course S&D Flooring can not say one brand of flooring is suitable for everyone as each home will have different needs. So that’s why all potential domestic clients who ring S&D Flooring on (01482) 839801 will receive a high quality consultation that aims to answer all of your queries.

 Let’s keep the conversation going!

If you have recently had a new floor installed in your home, we would love to know why you chose it and whether you would recommend it to our online community? Please add your comments below.

CFA & CFJ 2015 AWARD WINNER

CFA & CFJ 2015 AWARD WINNER

In July 2015, The Contract Flooring Association and the Contract Flooring Journal awarded S&D Flooring with the prestigious installation of the year award for the Whitby Court Care Home project in North Yorkshire. The Contract Flooring Association (CFA) consists of contractors and consultants that specialise in the installation of all floor finishes. Whereas the Contract Flooring Journal (CFJ) is recognised as providing essential business information, insider comments, expert analysis and lively debates on current flooring issues.

Whitby Court provides person-centred care in a tranquil environment using Karndean Design Flooring

The new flooring at Whitby Court care home was installed by S&D Flooring using Karndean Design flooring as specified by the Fisher Partnership. In short, the work consisted of the design and installation of 2000 square metres over two floors with various themed rooms. The care home wanted a floor that will withstand high traffic in areas, be easy to maintain, hygienic and most importantly looks warm and inviting for the residents.

Whitby Court Care Home Project

For the most part, the brief was to create a themed room of ‘At the Seaside’. Karndean Design flooring’s Michelangelo MS2 Navarra Chalk was used to create the look of pebbles. Whereas Karndean Van Gogh planks were used to resemble a jetty. In addition, a bespoke design was also required in the corridor outside the lounge.

S&D Flooring installers had a tight deadline to meet the client’s handover date. The conditions during the installation were difficult. Cold temperatures, specialist care and expertise was required during the installation of the Luxury Vinyl Tiles to prevent distortion. Overall an excellent finish was achieved by S&D Flooring which was delivered on time and on budget.

S&D Flooring awarded CFJ 2015 Installation of the Year

Managing Director Steve Dixon and Contracts Manager Mark Power attended the annual CFJ and CFA celebrations event in London to receive their award.

2017 January Update

2017 January Update

Happy New Year to all!

We hope everyone enjoyed the festive period, we certainly did! S&D Flooring’s Boys in Blue are now back in the office and on the road, ready for a jam packed 2017 filled with high end commercial and domestic flooring projects across the UK.

This year promises big things for the city of Hull and we are very excited by the prospects that come with the 2017 UK City of Culture title. There is so much going on throughout the city during the year, along with several tourist attractions and venues across the city applying their finishing touches to ensure this year is going to be the best.

In order to take full advantage of this year we have an elite team of highly trained and well-recommended professional floor layers installing bespoke flooring designs within the heart of the city.

As one of the Hull’s leading commercial contract flooring companies, we take pride in offering professional supply and installation services nationwide, specialising in luxury vinyl’s and carpets, all at a very competitive price!

Reduce, Reuse, Recofloor

Reduce, Reuse, Recofloor

Hey Recofloor! We’ve doubled the amount of recycled waste vinyl flooring.

For those who are familiar with our website and our ways of working will know that we have talked about Recofloor and its Take back scheme on several occasions. One example is in March, where managing director Steve Dixon and contract manager Mark Power were invited to Recofloor’s 2016 awards ceremony hosted by Matt le Tissier at the Old Trafford, where S&D Flooring was awarded Bronze and Best Newcomer of 2016.

Nevertheless, half way through the year, we are pleased to announce that S&D Flooring has doubled the amount of waste vinyl we have recycled last year and exceeded this year’s targets of recycling 5 tonnes –  now that is an achievement to be proud of! Between January and July 2016, we have recycled a total of 5.92 tonnes of waste vinyl-based flooring products – 0.75 tonnes of which was recycled in July alone.

Fortunately on Wednesday 20th July the S&D Flooring team was thrilled to take part in a Photoshoot opportunity on behalf of Recofloor to demonstrate the successes and benefits of using the Recofloor scheme.

Despite the extremely hot weather, Managing Director, Steve Dixon was thrilled to show and demonstrate the company’s efforts to reducing our environmental impact and how we integrate Recofloor into our day-to-day activities.

S&D Flooring Office Team showing their achievements

Who are Recofloor and why we work with them?

S&D Flooring aim to become one of the greenest flooring contractors in East Yorkshire by ensuring that we constantly recycle our waste vinyl based products.

For those who are unfamiliar or new to our website, Recofloor, which was founded in 2009, is a national vinyl take-back scheme aimed at the commercial flooring industry by notable flooring manufacturers Altro and Polyflor. Recofloor enables contractors, construction sites and distributors alike the opportunity to recycle its off-cuts and roll-ends of:

–   Clean, smooth vinyl flooring;
–   Clean safety vinyl flooring;
–   Luxury vinyl flooring tiles (LVT) and,
–   Uplifted and clean loose lay.

The vinyl based flooring off-cuts and uplifted vinyl is placed in clearly labelled bulk bags that can be dropped off at any participating flooring distributors – over 60 are currently located in the UK and Ireland – or for a small fee, Recofloor itself can collect your waste vinyl when you have two or more bags full.

The Recofloor Take Back scheme offers construction companies the opportunity to reduce the cost of waste. It is far more economical for organisations to take advantage of the Recofloor scheme as the cost of sending your waste vinyl to recycling plants is significantly cheaper than disposing of waste at your local landfill site. Not to mention it is far more sustainable and environmentally friendly!

Whereas, smooth and safety vinyl flooring off-cuts are recycled into new flooring products by Altro and Polyflor, whereas smooth uplifted flooring is reprocessed into traffic management products, such as cones and sign bases.

From Humble Beginnings comes great Success

From Humble Beginnings comes great Success

From Humble Beginnings, A non-corporate introduction to S&D Flooring – home to the Boys in Blue.

I don’t know about you, but it is very rare for an individual, let alone a prospective client to read through every single page of a corporate website to find out whether that company’s services are right for you. Or whether you just want to find out about a bit of background information, especially, if you are looking and comparing several potential organisations – like us S&D Flooring Ltd.

Common trends in the way we use the web to research, have led me to write this blog post to sum up our company, S&D Flooring, in an quick, informative and a easy to comprehend way that you wouldn’t necessarily see in traditional corporate website and supporting documentation. As there are only so many times one can read ‘we aim to do this’ and ‘we deliver outstanding results’ before we, as consumers start to switch off.

S&D Flooring originally started out with just a van that was travelling up and down the streets of Hull installing beautiful Karndean Design Flooring to domestic properties.  Although not quite Sir Alan Sugar and the evolution of his technology based empire Amstrad, company founders Steve and Dean took the streets of Hull and the surrounding areas in the spring of 2008, delivering a service that they have known for years.

Several years down the line, S&D Flooring started to make substantial profits, despite the economic decline, and subsequently expanded its fleet with new stylish vans and a dedicated team of passionate floor layers. Without word-of-mouth, positive reviews and recommendation from previous clients, I don’t think S&D Flooring would be what it is today! A few years after starting S&D, company founder Dean sold his shares to Steve in 2011 as he began to pursue other ventures.

As our reputation grew, we began to expand our services to accommodate commercial contract flooring. Working for local contractors such Chameleon Business interiors, Eco Modular Buildings and Servaccomm, installing a whole host of commercial flooring products, our name and brand was beginning to be seen all across the country.

As an independent Yorkshire based organisation, we are privileged to have been awarded commercial contracts in all major cities across the country – it’s a good job our Boys in Blue love to travel and sightsee whilst carrying out their work.

Nevertheless, S&D Flooring still pays homage to its humble beginnings and undertakes several domestic projects throughout the year, after all, a job is a job and where not necessarily going to turn an opportunity away. However, as S&D Flooring continues to grow the company is and wants to predominately be associated with commercial contract flooring.

Buying the perfect home for our team.

In September 2015, it was official that S&D Flooring’s director Steve Dixon, had bought a permanent home for S&D Flooring Ltd. Having been located at Sutton House on Helsinki Road for over 6 years, it seemed only natural to buy the building and customise it to meet our needs.

As the Boys in Blue where covering that nation with high performing and durable flooring, Steve and our latest Apprentice Dom started making some cosmetic changes to the warehouse.  It’s was an exciting time for the company and Steve in particular, has fantastic ideas of what we could do with the space and how we could encourage and train the next generation of floor layers.

Despite all the loud banning and all the other heavy duty sounds that go along with it, the S&D team welcomed a brand new canteen area, conference suite, training rooms and storage areas, all on an amended mezzanine that overlooked the busy warehouse.

Fancy the Grand tour? watch the video below.

S&D Wins Bronze at Recofloor Awards 2016

S&D Wins Bronze at Recofloor Awards 2016

Thursday 3rd March 2016 was a special day for the Boys in Blue.  Managing Director, Steve Dixon, and Contract Manager, Mark Power, attended Recofloor’s annual awards event at the Old Trafford, Manchester.

Hosted, this year, by former Southampton and England footballer Matt Le Tissier. Flooring contractors, distributors and construction companies who attended the Annual Recofloor celebrations event were welcomed to a hot buffet lunch before the celebrations begun.

Recofloor Awards 1 2016

 

During the event, speeches were given by Richard Catt from the Contract Flooring Association – updating Recofloor members on CFA activities – and Ian James, president of the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers (NICF) prior to the awards being presented.

To our surprise, S&D Flooring was awarded the ‘ Recofloor Bronze Award’ and ‘Best Newcomer ’ and received a certificate, trophy and a signed football from Matt Le Tissier.

Recofloor’s Carla Eslava said: “The day offered a great opportunity to find out how Recofloor can benefit your company, share expert knowledge and network with fellow flooring industry professionals. The Annual Awards is a highlight in Recofloor’s calendar and we very much look forward to celebrating our achievements with both existing and new members this March.”

After the event Steve and Mark had the opportunity to speak to other flooring professionals and expand our client base as well as a complimentary tour of the football grounds. Throughout the celebrations, Recofloor, CFA and other flooring organisations took to social media to celebrate their success.

S&D at the Old Trafford