Interface projects

Middlesex University

Project specifications

Location: United Kingdom
Installation m²: 2,000 m²

Sustainable services: ReEntry®

Other services: Renovisions®

Products used

  • Duet Flame
  • Duet Dove
  • Barricade Anthrazite

Interface Carpet Tiles Help Further Middlesex University’s Sustainability Focus

Global carpet tile manufacturer, Interface, worked with Middlesex University on the refurbishment of Fenella House, Hendon Campus, to provide sustainable and innovative flooring products and services for the project.

With strict sustainability targets in place, the university required a solution that would help it to boost the environmental credentials of the project. This meant thinking beyond simply the product, and considering the wider impact of the whole project.

Interface therefore suggested the old carpet tiles were recycled through its groundbreaking process, ReEntry 2.0™. The like-for-like recycling system, developed by Interface, reclaims end of life carpet for use in the yarn and backing of new tiles across the manufacturer’s ranges.

“We have worked hard to implement environmentally responsible provisions throughout the university’s services, and it was important that our flooring choice reflected our stance on sustainability. Interface’s ReEntry 2.0 service has helped us to do this by recycling our old carpet tiles and reducing unnecessary waste being sent to landfill.”
Mike O’Connor, Project Manager at Middlesex University.

In addition to considering the sustainability credentials, it was essential that the refurbishment caused as little disruption as possible to the university staff based in the two storey building.

Interface’s Renovisions service was therefore selected to fit the 2,000 square metres of new carpet tiles. The unique ‘furniture – lifting’ system, which involves an innovative jacking system operated by professional contractors, was used to lift workstations, filing cabinets and other office furniture to seamlessly remove and replace old carpet tiles with new.

With the Renovisions service, no dismantling or disconnection is needed, as entire workstations can just be raised and worked around. So, there’s no risk of loss or damage to office furniture, and no need for storage while the carpet is being replaced.

“It was critical that the departments in Fenella House were able to continue running without the need for temporary offices while the installation was taking place. The Renovisions service was fantastic, as the work was completed within a very short timescale without disrpution.”
Mike O’Connor.

Home to the Academic Registry, Financial Services and Human Resources department, Fenella House is home to many of the university’s key service teams that it requires to operate on a daily basis. Renovisions allowed university staff to continue to operate efficiently as there was no need to clear the tops of desks, and phones, computers and all other items of office equipment could remain connected.

Equally as important as the services, were the products that Interface provided for the refurbishment. The brief for the interior scheme was for a contemporary and stylish finish which would stand the test of time. The design was therefore created using durable carpet tiles from Interface’s Duet and Barricade ranges.

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