As we all know from the glossy magazine photographs and case study images we all hold dear within our portfolios; the image of an airport portrayed by architects is one of the pristine, cathedral like structure, a scattering of people and floors so clean you would fight for the chance to eat your food from its mirrored surfaces!
In reality though, airports are the melting pots of ordered chaos, repeated scenes of a last minute and desperate race along miles of connecting corridors, dragging suit cases and reluctant children whilst jettisoning as many coffee cups, newspapers and food wrappers as you can, before the eventual squeeze onto your flight.
This is a pattern repeated daily throughout all major airports, a scene one would believe, would leave little room for any refurbishment or construction to take place. So, the question is this, with a building designed for almost 24/7 heavy foot traffic, how do companies like Strata Tiles succeed in working with architects, developers and airport contractors to harness the mayhem and refit and install flooring within a busy terminal building?
In short, airports manage to accommodate an incredibly high level of constructions in and around their working day, they have to in order to keep their buildings open and the passengers moving. Strata Tiles work closely to ensure this is the case by responding quickly to the key needs of the projects.:-
Providing materials that can cope with the high traffic levels of foot traffic, wheeled bags, cases and trolleys. This is more needed in congested areas like security check points where floor scuffing and rubbing is at its highest, so selecting the right stone is paramount.
Our materials provide the latest anti slip testing providing architects with confidence when specifying Strata Tiles products
We are accustomed to working with projects to supply the best material at the very best cost to the client. Cost savings can be made not only on the initial outlay of the stone but also in future maintenance costs. By using our Hydrotect coated stone, less aggressive cleaning is required and in fact requiring no bleach or abrasive rubbing.
Strata Tiles continue to provide the best in eco sustainable materials and processes to our eco-conscious clients
The overall look and feel of the stone is what appeals to the client and their airport customers. With stones designed specifically to mask the sight of litter or dirt, Strata Tiles have a full portfolio of stone that appeals to architects working within these types of environment.
Once past the hurdle of specification, Strata Tiles are often on site to watch contractors lay the tiles for a period of testing. This is often done within a sealed off area, and around the typical mayhem of the families, film stars and over paid footballers walking past (in the case of the footballers, their mood may depend on where they are returning as opposed to the stresses of travel).
After all the testing and meetings to discuss reports, statistics and shipping, the project can begin in earnest to start laying the next flooring for the airport, a surface that could last decades, compared to only a year for those laid in traditional carpet. A process of refurbishment that for many a weary traveller will pass unnoticed beneath their heavy steps back from furthest terminal to passport control. But we take pride in the fact that our product is firmly placed beneath them, monitored and managed before installation, and remaining solid throughout the years that follow.
About this story: This press release is a shortened version from a talk given by Strata Tiles. If you would like someone from Strata Tiles to visit your architect practice to hold a FREE lunch time talk and CPD seminar on “Fasten Seat Belts for Landing! Specifying for some of London’s busiest airports” please contact Stuart Dowling on 0800 012 1454 to arrange dates.