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Polyflor combats slips and noise at new healthcare unit

Polysafe Wood FX Acoustic, a unique new “double benefit” commercial floor covering from Polyflor, has been installed in the patient lounge and corridors at the new Iorwerth Jones Centre, healthcare unit in Cardiff, providing both underfoot safety and acoustic performance.

Building and refurbishment work at the unit was carried out by Bect Building Contractors of Cardiff on behalf of Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust. The refurbishment, redesign and specification package for the home was handled in house by the trust’s own design team, working closely with the end users to ensure that wherever possible their needs were incorporated into the project.

Polysafe Wood FX Acoustic flooring was installed by local flooring contractor Floor Furnishings Ltd who also fitted Polysafe Standard and Polysafe Hydro sheet vinyl safety flooring in the unit kitchen and bathrooms as well as low maintenance Polyflor Mystique PUR heavy duty sheet vinyl in bedroom areas.

“In a residential unit such as this it is obviously important for patient wellbeing to minimise the noise transfer in public areas, so Polysafe Wood FX Acoustic, combining both impact sound reduction and safety under foot, was a natural choice. In terms of the aesthetic, the floor also provides a pleasing, more homely feeling” said a trust spokesperson. “The other Polyflor products specified also met our performance and appearance requirements.”

Suitable for heavy residential and very heavy commercial installations, new Polysafe Wood FX Acoustic, in eight highly attractive and realistic timber effect designs, is seen as ideal for use within schools, hospitals, residential and commercial buildings as well as within student accommodation, hotels and residential care.
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In acoustic performance terms, the product exceeds the legal requirements set down in the Building Regulations Part E, achieving a sound insulation level of ≥19dB, making it suitable for use within multi-storey dwellings, school buildings and hospitals. Polysafe Wood FX Acoustic is also ideally suited to single-storey commercial premises where it is desirable to create a quieter working environment for both employees and visitors.

And because the flooring achieves its acoustic performance by means of an integrated foam backed layer, it offers both enhanced underfoot comfort and anti-fatigue benefits in premises where employees may be required to stand for long periods of time.

As well as acoustic performance, Polysafe Wood FX Acoustic comes complete with built-in slip resistance to give reassurance of underfoot safety in areas with risks of water spillages.

The 3.7mm gauge flooring incorporates a 0.65mm clear PVC wear layer with clear aluminium oxide particles to ensure sustainable slip resistance. Enhanced slip resistance is achieved through these aggregates being incorporated throughout the main wear layer.

In common with all Polysafe ranges – including the Polysafe Standard and Polysafe Hydro floorcoverings installed at the unit – Polysafe Wood FX Acoustic complies fully with HSE Guidelines, providing sustained slip resistance throughout the guaranteed life of the product. The ranges also achieve 36+ on the RRL Pendulum wet test (Slider 96/Four S rubber) with a surface roughness of 20 microns and above to ensure a low slip risk classification is achieved.

Polysafe Wood FX Acoustic also meets the performance requirements of EN651, the standard for resilient floorcoverings with a foam layer.
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Non-directionally patterned Polyflor Mystique PUR in the unit bedrooms is available in 16 decorative shades and features a high quality polyurethane reinforcement which, combined with a superior closed surface finish, facilitates a low cost, polish-free maintenance regime for the lifetime of the flooring, achieving savings of up to 48% compared with untreated vinyl flooring.

The flooring also achieves the highest possible “A” rating under the BRE Green Guide to Specification scheme.

All Polyflor products installed at the unit, fully tested to fire safety standard EN 13501-1, are certified as Class Bfl-S1, achieving the criteria EN ISO 9239-1 8kw/m² and the mandatory requirement of EN ISO 11925-2 pass. And all can be welded at the seams and to coved skirtings to create continuous, impervious surfaces that offer no sanctuary to dirt and bacteria.

The products have been independently tested and the results demonstrate that they inhibit the growth of MRSA on the flooring. An effective cleaning regime is, however, the most important defence against infection.

Email: info@polyflor.com


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