Interface projects

Bradford University

Project specifications

Location: United Kingdom
Installation m²: 2,200 m²

Products used

  • Lima  El Agustino
  • Lima Chillon
  • Entropy II Coincidence
  • Entropy II Chameleon
  • Entropy II Deja Vu
  • Heuga 568 Coal

Global market leader of sustainable flooring solutions, Interface, has helped the School of Management at Bradford University gain a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating (design stage) for its School of Management new build project. As one of Europe’s leading business schools, the project architects were looking to create a cutting-edge learning facility and worked with contractors, Quarmby, to combine the best of the campus’s historic architecture with a state-of-the art new building.

“Our range of environmentally conscious carpet tiles represented the ideal choice of flooring for Bradford University. In addition to our unrivalled sustainable manufacturing practices, Interface products offer exceptional durability for a longer lasting ‘just laid’ look. This also means that maintenance cycles are extended, so the university will reap cost saving benefits over the lifecycle of the building.”
Andrew Frost, Interface account manager

Three Interface products – Lima, Entropy and Heuga 568 – were selected in colourways designed to help bridge the gap between the traditional interior of the existing Victorian building and the modern feel of the new School of Management. The sophisticated palette also provided a complementary backdrop for the contemporary furniture chosen to add bold splashes of colour throughout the facility. The three different Interface tiles were laid in varying combinations to create different looks and textures throughout the building and provide definition between areas.

Lima is a tufted patterned textured loop pile tile, manufactured from post-industrial recycled yarn and designed to meet the demanding performance requirements of high traffic areas. It is available in 12 colourways, ranging from naturals with subtle contrasts to bright colonial colours inspired by the architecture of the Peruvian capital after which it is named.

Part of the Interface NatureWorks Collection, Entropy is a tufted patterned structured tip-sheared pile carpet tile that echoes the random patterns, shades and colours found in nature. Available in 25 colourways, Entropy is made from 100 per cent solution-dyed nylon containing pre-consumer recycled content.

Manufactured using a mixture of matt and lustered yarns, Heuga 568 is a tufted plain level loop pile tile inspired by a clear night sky sparkling with stars. Its 16 colour combinations form an ultra-modern palette that offers cost-effective flooring solutions with the professional quality for which Interface is renowned.

All three products are finished with Interface’s Graphlex® system – a bitumen tile backing that contains recycled material from pre-used carpet tiles and waste limestone dust and that delivers exceptional performance and reliability.

“The original design concept provided Bradford University with a BREEAM ‘very good’ building, however with our input and by working closely with the client and the design team we exceeded expectations and achieved a BREEAM excellent rating, as well as receiving a commendation in the Construction Excellence Awards 2009.”
Faye Hutchinson, Quarmby Construction

The work at Bradford University comprised the construction of a new three-storey teaching block and a glazed atrium area between Grade 2 listed buildings within a conservation area. The project included a high-tech teaching facility based on the Harvard Business School, and the striking atrium space linked the new building with the original Victorian architecture, providing a focal point for the campus and space for teaching, learning and networking.

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