Interface projects

Easy Jet

Project specifications

Location: United Kingdom
Installation m²: 4,000 m²

Sustainable services: Cool Carpet®

Products used

  • Transformation - Amazon
  • Transformation - Buckeye

In a business where you have to be fast on your feet to succeed, easyJet has demonstrated the perfect example of amazing ascendancy over several years. Immense growth created the need for a new home at Luton Airport, the company’s base since it started over 11 years ago. Reluctant to leave the area, easyJet appropriately settled upon a 60,000 sq. ft aircraft hangar, enough space to house up to three aircraft, which is now operating as a fully refurbished office building with integral aircraft maintenance hangar bays.

While speed is a fundamental part of easyJet’s business, when it came to fitting out the offices it was crucial to explore all of the available options. As a result, Interface had to be on top of the game during a series of presentations and negotiations with fit-out contractor, Area Sq, before winning the contract to supply over 4,000m² of modular carpet for two storeys of office space.

“From the outset, easyJet really bought into the idea of Transformation. Whilst the low cost airline’s budget did not permit outlandish spending, the high design factor this floorcovering brought to the building could not be overlooked. It also meant that the flooring contractor, Drummond Flooring of Sutton, was able to install Transformation quickly and with a minimum of waste.”
James Cornwell, Area Sq

The company’s past successful contracts with Area Sq did not ensure a further contract where easyJet was concerned. As a budget airline, easyJet’s emphasis was on setting and keeping to a budget, which Interface succeeded in doing with its Transformation range of carpet tiles in two complementary colourways, Amazon and Buckeye. The latter was installed to create a wayfinder walkway, ensuring full compliance with DDA legislation requirements.

Transformation is a random design product that is installed non-directionally. This allows for selective replacement of tiles with no detrimental effect on the overall look of the floorcovering in terms of colour compatibility. easyJet was particularly drawn to the idea of a product without repeat pattern and that was batchless for ease of future maintenance and reduced cost.

Meanwhile, with climate change and the environment so closely intertwined with the airline industry’s future, Interface’s environmental credentials – and its Cool Carpet® Scheme in particular – also played a key role in securing the contract.

Cool Carpet® is a scheme that makes it possible for customers to buy products which are ‘climate neutral’. This means that any greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted during the lifecycle of the product are offset or balanced. By product lifecycle, Interface includes everything from raw material acquisition, manufacturing, transport, use and maintenance to final disposal or recycling.

“The success of this collaboration,” says Martyn Spence, senior account manager with Interface, “has led to another contract at the airport, this time with SilverJet, a business class only airline. “I’m pleased to say that we’re working again with Area Sq and looking forward to yet another successful partnership.” “From the outset, easyJet really bought into the idea of Transformation. Whilst the low cost airline’s budget did not permit outlandish spending, the high design factor this floorcovering brought to the building could not be overlooked. It also meant that the flooring contractor, Drummond Flooring of Sutton, was able to install Transformation quickly and with a minimum of waste.” James Cornwell, Area Sq

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