Interface projects

Birmingham City Council

Project specifications

Location: United Kingdom
Installation m²: 17,000 m²

Products used

  • Transformation - Desert
  • Transformation - Highland
  • Transformation - Moss Garden

Birmingham City Council has completed a 17,000m2 refurbishment project at its Central Administrative Building (CAB) which saw Interface’s innovative carpet tiles used to help create an inspiring and integrated environment.

The project at 1 Lancaster Circus was part of a wider programme to rationalise the number of council offices by bringing staff together in one place. In order to create a modern and inclusive design for the building, architects at Birmingham City Council wanted an open plan space defined by the furnishings and colours used, rather than physical walls or barriers.

As such, the concept of modular flooring presented the ideal solution to create designated areas through design. The council’s architects selected carpet tiles from Interface’s Transformation range due to the wide range of colours and designs available, and the durability and sustainability credentials that the product offers. In order to clearly define the different office areas, the architects used three designs from the range, Transformation Desert, Highland and Moss Garden.

““We wanted to open up the office, and rather than using oppressive barriers to define the different areas, we wanted to utilise the interior design scheme, including the furnishings, to define these areas and help people to navigate the building. As such, it was key that we worked with suppliers that could provide us with an extensive range of designs and colours that would help us to do this.””
Barry Adams, Senior Architect, Birmingham City Council

Barry Adams, Senior Architect at Birmingham City Council comments: “Prior to the refurbishment, the building was typified by cellular offices, meeting rooms and ancillary accommodation occupying the perimeter window walls. Whilst this benefited a limited number of staff using these rooms the majority of employees were located within open plan office areas away from the window areas.

“We wanted to open up the office, and rather than using oppressive barriers to define the different areas, we wanted to utilise the interior design scheme, including the furnishings, to define these areas and help people to navigate the building. As such, it was key that we worked with suppliers that could provide us with an extensive range of designs and colours that would help us to do this.”

““The project at 1 Lancaster Circus required a creative concept and efficient specification in order to maximise the space. We designed eight complementary colour palettes to be used throughout the building, which were reflected through the carpet in order to add impact, but also to assist with navigation."”
Katy Francioso, Square Dot

The council’s architects also worked closely with Katy Francioso from architectural interior design specialists, Square Dot, to help bring the ideas for the building to life. Katy created a colourful, yet functional design which would also clearly defines the functionality of the various different office
spaces within the building.

Katy said: “The project at 1 Lancaster Circus required a creative concept and efficient specification in order to maximise the space. We designed eight complementary colour palettes to be used throughout the building, which were reflected through the carpet in order to add impact, but also to assist with navigation.

“Aside from the aesthetic benefits of using the Interface products, we were tasked with creating a scheme which would also be durable and practical. Interface’s Transformation range is specifically designed to offer durability and provided a cost effective solution to help fulfil this objective.”

The use of Interface’s Transformation carpet tiles throughout the office also enhanced its environmental offering. The highly textured carpet tiles offer durability in heavy traffic areas, improving the resilience of the finished design. In addition, the random design of the tiles reduces installation time, maintenance is simplified and waste is minimised. What’s more, the Transformation products are made from recycled yarn and manufactured using 100 per cent renewable electricity.

Louise Swift, Interface’s Public Sector Director comments: “As demonstrated by Birmingham City Council offices, modular flooring offers that added flexibility when it comes to a creative design scheme – helping to introduce design led concepts in order to create a contemporary and stimulating finish.”

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