Interface projects

EC Harris

Project specifications

Location: United Kingdom
Installation m²: 5,000 m²

Sustainable services: Cool Carpet®

Products used

  • Straightforward - Slate

When EC Harris, one of the country’s leading building and property consultancies, looked to specify flooring for their London headquarters, value for money was inevitably a high priority, with quality being of equal significance.

Interface’s Straightforward range of carpet tiles proved to be the perfect choice for the company, which last year moved to new, state-of-the-art premises in the Regent’s Quarter development, one of the capital’s newest development areas in King’s Cross.

Carpet tiles bring ‘fast-track’ value for money Value for money and quality encompassed every aspect of the building and fit-out that preceded the move. It epitomised the term ‘fast-track’ – taking barely 14 weeks – and this included the installation of nearly 5,000m² of Straightforward, in colourway Slate. The flooring, which features random stripes in tonal shades of grey, was installed in under three weeks by flooring contractor Loughton Contracts, working on behalf of Overbury, the main contractor.

In fact, the floorcovering has received an overwhelming seal of approval in terms of its contribution as a staff morale booster, according to Paul Birtwistle, EC Harris’ Group Facilities Manager. “Value for money can be viewed from many angles,” said Paul Birtwistle, “and the choice of Interface’s Straightforward met our requirements on many levels, not least in terms of the aesthetics of the interior décor”. “It blends seamlessly and, given the expanse of flooring over five storeys, illuminates the entire area and has helped boost the morale of our staff since we moved a short while ago.”

Award-winning and sustainability in one modular flooring product Award-winning Straightforward epitomises Interface’s environmentally-sustainable credentials, its 6mm microtuft construction using less yarn than traditional carpet tiles, without compromising the benefits of sound absorption and softness underfoot.

More than that, however, Straightforward’s random design presented further benefits in terms of ease and speed of installation at the outset, with subsequent impact resistance to heavy footfall (as there are over 500 staff) and the ability to soften the appearance of soiling. Furthermore, the randomness of the design means tiles can be selectively replaced if necessary, without any colour incompatibility.

“It blends seamlessly and, given the expanse of flooring over five storeys, illuminates the entire area and has helped boost the morale of our staff since we moved a short while ago.”
Paul Birtwistle, EC Harris’ Group Facilities Manager

With his years of experience as an Interior Designer, Jason Turner, who headed up Swanke Hayden Connell’s team on this project, has specified Interface products on many occasions.

“It’s a combination of many things,” he says, agreeing with Paul Birtwistle that value for money and quality are important. “For us, however, the overall look of the project is a prime reason for choosing Interface’s products.

“This project for EC Harris is a typical example. With Interface, you have a company with an almost limitless range, so we were able to pick a product with the striking graphic qualities of Straightforward that perfectly matched the design concept.

“In addition, the knowledge and advice we received from Helen Jordan, our account manager at Interface, was vital in ensuring the right choice was made for our premises.

“Straightforward is an integral part of our Cool Carpet® programme,” says Helen Jordan. “It’s made from 80% recycled solution-dyed nylon yarn, with a Graphlex® backing. The manufacturing process uses 100% ’green electricity’ and the CO2 emissions generated throughout the product’s lifecycle are offset, making it climate neutral.

“What gives us such a buzz at Interface is how we compete on every level in terms of quality, choice and value for money, whilst constantly outscoring our competitors where environmental issues are paramount.”

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