What a difference a decade of transforming our nation’s floors can truly make

What a difference a decade of transforming our nation’s floors can truly make

What a difference a decade of transforming our nation’s floors can truly make to a small enterprise in Hull! – Hull Daily Mail Editorial

S&D Flooring Specialists Ltd are a Hull based elite team of highly skilled floor layers specialising in commercial and domestic flooring. On Monday 21st May, 2018, they celebrate 10 years in business but also celebrate their continuing journey, development and expansion of their craft. S&D Flooring are proud to be considered by clients as a forward thinking and highly successful commercial contract flooring organisation dedicated to providing an outstanding supply and installation service of highly popular flooring brands. But this didn’t just happen overnight!

Roll back 10 years, S&D Flooring Specialists Ltd begun trading from the back of a van down the streets of Hull with just current Managing Director Steve Dixon and a former business partner installing Karndean Design Flooring to domestic properties. After several years of building up a reputation for installing quick, simple and top quality domestic flooring, S&D Flooring expanded into the commercial market. In doing so they became a part of many prestigious projects across the city; secured industry recognised awards and, now currently employs 22 expert hands including several exceptional apprentices.

Picture: S&D Flooring Specialists Ltd Team. Photo: Courtesy of the Hull Daily Mail and Jerome Ellerby

Through years of positive word-of-mouth reviews, recommendations and building excellent working relationships with clients, S&D Flooring and its elite team of installers – more commonly known as the #BoysinBlue on social media – have developed a portfolio of exceptional installations across a multitude of sectors ranging from education and healthcare through to leisure and hospitality. S&D Flooring are regularly contracted by well-known Hull-based construction and design companies and private investors such as: Chameleon Business Interiors, Eco Modular Buildings, Sewell Group, and the Strata Group. Some of their notable projects with these clients have included the renovation of several wards at Castle Hill Hospital, C4Di, Ron Dearing UTC, Rollits Solicitors, Essex House, University of Leeds School of Fine Arts and the Turner Prize nominee Rosalind Nashashibi at the Ferens Art Gallery.

Rolling into 2015, S&D Flooring were awarded the prestigious Contract Flooring Journal Industry Award for designing and installing an at the Seaside themed flooring design at Whitby Court Care Home on behalf of Karndean Design Flooring. It was also around this time that S&D Flooring begun to improve its sustainability – becoming an active contractor for the Recofloor take back vinyl scheme, which recycles all their waste vinyl and turns it into stylish new flooring for flooring giants Altro and Polyflor.

10 years is a huge milestone for many small organisations and S&D Flooring is no exception. But rather than looking back at all the great work they have done, S&D Flooring continues to seek new opportunities to build upon and expand into new markets over the next ten years. Part of this includes S&D Flooring aiming to become one of the best flooring companies in Yorkshire. By continuing to regularly conduct and promote their high quality and professional installations nationwide, S&D Flooring looks forward to welcoming and working with new contractors to continue transforming our nations flooring for the better. Grow its operations, train more apprentices and give more back to the community that has helped S&D Flooring survive and thrive.

Picture: Managing Director Steve Dixon, Photo: Courtesy of the Hull Daily Mail and Jerome Ellerby

If you are thinking of a new flooring project for an interior, no matter how big or small, S&D Flooring are right by your side as their Boys in Blue create your masterpiece. As part of working with S&D Flooring, they promise to provide expert consultations and first-class advice every step of the way, including outstanding aftercare, which they believe is just as equally important and has helped them secure even more projects for the future. Plus help set S&D Flooring apart from their competitors. If you are unsure about how much flooring you need, the dedicated sales team will conduct a free site survey, if required, along with answering all your queries about a project. With a wide range of textures, styles and colour palettes from leading brands such as Karndean Design Flooring, Polyflor, Tarkett, Forbo and more… The only limit is your imagination. So, stop reading the paper, pick up the phone and get ready to leave a lasting surface to walk over with S&D Flooring.

Think and create it with S&D Flooring! Call us today on 01482 839801 or, Email sales@sanddflooring.co.uk for further information and ­­ideas.

Review: Pizza Mamma, Hull

Review: Pizza Mamma, Hull

Delicious…

Last week S&D Flooring Ltd and the #BoysinBlue had the pleasure to meet Sue at Pizza Mamma and thoroughly enjoyed eating her freshly baked pizza creations from her mobile kitchen. Steve Dixon, Managing Director of S&D Flooring, discovered Pizza Mamma on LinkedIn after hearing all about the positive reviews and thought this would make a great treat to the staff who have worked very hard over the past month.

It was really fun to watch our favourite pizza’s being cooked in front of our very eyes, not to mention mouth-watering when they came out of this colourful pizza oven on wheels.  S&D Flooring would highly recommend Pizza Mamma to anyone!  The food is delicious and Sue is a very friendly person. Lots of our employees enjoyed the food so much that they went for seconds and some even thirds. Overall the food was enjoyed by all, and the #BoysinBlue would love to enjoy Sue’s pizzas again!

Thank you from S&D Flooring Ltd

Looking for a bite to eat, Contact Pizza Mamma!

Get in touch with Sue at Pizza Mamma at:

Website: https://pizzamammahull.co.uk/ 

Facebook:  @PizzaMammaHull

Twitter: @PizzaMammaHull 

Premier Modular Office Refurbishment

Premier Modular Office Refurbishment

Premier Modular, the UK's premier supplier of modular building solutions offers its clients an exceptional service, innovative products and build quality. It is also these high standards that would also determine the quality of their recent refurbishment of the practice itself.

In determining the overall look of the practice and its refurbishment Premier Modular turned to S&D Flooring to who understands the importance of a motivating and workable future proof design.

Between Premier Modular, S&D Flooring and Red Frog, a contemporary green and grey colour scheme was agreed to be featured throughout all office work areas. A combination of Desso Rock and Salt ranges was installed due to its striking textured loop pile design and its durability. Available in over twelve contemporary hues, the two complementing ranges create unique spaces and zoning opportunities along with bright bursts of colour.

Due to the active nature of Premier Modular, installation by S&D Flooring and the Boys in Blue was carried out across 3 consecutive weekends to minimise disruption to the organisation. Plus one full intensive week installation over the Christmas period.

Working with Andy at S&D has been a pleasure and also a learning curve to find the right carpet to suit the company's requirements, everyone at Premier Modular was happy to see new carpets for the new year when they returned to work, but myself and Andy had to try a lot of samples and ideas to get the final outcome. It was a pleasure to work with people who can go out of their way to find solutions and also work over the Christmas break to make sure this was achieved whilst everyone else was enjoying the Christmas break. Claire Adamson, Premier Modular

Steve Dixon, Managing Director of S&D Flooring adds our installers worked diligently and with distinction. S&D Flooring was able to complete the project to a high quality that fitted the brief and with little disruption to Premier Modular.

 

Project Shopping List

  • Desso Salt Green
  • Desso Rock Green
  • Uzin 2100 Tackifier
  • Heckmondwyke Anthraite
  • FM Birch Hi Tech Night Sky
S & D Flooring create a home for the 2017 Turner Prize and nominated artist Rosalind Nashashibi

S & D Flooring create a home for the 2017 Turner Prize and nominated artist Rosalind Nashashibi

It’s the one of the biggest and most prestigious international visual arts event of the year and S & D Flooring has made its mark with this latest installation.  The Turner Prize, which has since 2011 been staged outside of London every other year is presented at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull as part of the UK City of Culture programme.  

Completed film space with Gradus LED Nosings and Black Carpet in Ferens Exhibition Gallery 7.
Completed Turner Prize film space with Gradus LED Nosings and Black Carpet in Ferens Exhibition Gallery 7.

The Brief… 

S & D Flooring was approached by Sewell Construction to supply and install 300 square metres of luxury black carpet and underlay in Exhibition Gallery 7 of the Ferens Art Gallery. Gallery 7 has been dedicated to display the works of the 2017 Turner Prize nominee Rosalind Nashahbi who specialises in film. As part of her exhibition, the space features two tiered film spaces that can accommodate up to 50 spectators at a time. Within these spaces S & D Flooring was appointed to install black carpet with blue LED Nosings.  

Ferens Art Gallery Exhibition 7 plan.
Ferens Art Gallery Exhibition 7 plan.

 

With only 7 working days available to install over 300 square metres of flooring products across the site amongst other construction trades, it was another fast paced and highly precise operation for S & D Flooring and the Boys in Blue to ensure we complete the project on time. One of the challenges for S & D Flooring during this project was working around several different trades whom were conducting their own wall, electric and furniture 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 two dedicated film spaces and foyers.  

One of the best parts of this project was when the project was fully completed and spectators could enjoy the works of Rosalind Nashahbi in this temporary exhibition whilst walking on S & D Flooring’s very own masterpiece.  

S&D Flooring Ferens Art Gallery Turner Prize Exhibition
S&D Flooring Ferens Art Gallery, Turner Prize exhibition space

A few final words on the Turner Prize project

S & D Flooring would like to thank Sewell Construction for giving us the opportunity to work with them on a high profile Hull City of Culture project.  It was a great privilege to contribute to the Hull City of Culture programme. S & D Flooring would also like to thank the staff and Hull City of Culture Volunteers at the Ferens Art Gallery for their patience and support whilst we prepare one of the exhibition spaces for the Turner Prize.  

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


Products Used 

  • Black carpet 
  • Underlay 
  • Gradus LED Nosings  

 

S&D Flooring 2017 Recofloor Red Letter Day Experience Winner

S&D Flooring 2017 Recofloor Red Letter Day Experience Winner

S&D Flooring Ltd have been awarded a £100 Red Letter Day experience gift card from the Recofloor vinyl take-back scheme following the end of their summer promotion.  

S&D Flooring Red Letter Day Gift Card
S&D Flooring Red Letter Day Gift Card Experience

Recofloor, a leading vinyl take-back scheme founded by reputable manufacturers Altro and Polyflor for the commercial flooring industry, recognises the importance of raising the sustainability of the flooring industry. It is also currently used by hundreds of organisations across the UK. 

As part of their summer promotion event, S&D Flooring Ltd and many other flooring organisations were required to continue to recycle their waste vinyl flooring with Recofloor during August 2017. For every two bags filled with waste vinyl collected, the organisation would receive one entry into a draw for a chance to win one of three £100 Red Letter Days Gift Cards.  

Working on over 20 various sized projects during August 2017, many of which included the removal and installation of vinyl, S&D Flooring Ltd managed to generate 20 bags which equated to 2.25 tonnes of waste vinyl being saved from going to landfill.  As a result, this secured S&D Flooring Ltd with 10 entries into the Recofloor summer promotion.  

On Friday 1st September 2017, S&D Flooring was selected as one of the recipients for the £100 gift card voucher along with two other flooring organisations.

S&D Flooring employee Sam accepting the prize on behalf of Recofloor
S&D Flooring employee Sam accepting the prize on behalf of Recofloor

Steve Dixon, Managing Director of S&D Flooring said: “Working with Recofloor over the last couple of years has been great for improving S&D Flooring’s commitment to sustainability. Having being awarded this special prize from Recofloor for continuing to use their service and recycle waste vinyl flooring has been a great bonus for the company at the end of a busy summer.  S&D Flooring would like to thank Recofloor for selecting us in this year’s summer promotion and I look forward to giving this award to a hard-working employee at the organisation.

For further information, contact: 

S&D Flooring Ltd
Call us on: 01482 839801 or Email at: sales@sanddflooring.co.uk 

 Recofloor
Call us on: 01613 557618 or Email at info@recofloor.org  

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


Products Used:

 

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

Products Used

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.