Ten years doesn’t seem that long, but in truth it’s a short lifetime for most of us and there’s not many products out there that would stand the test of time delivering performance year on year and to the highest standards. Everything from cars through to smart phones all seem to wear out or give up the proverbial ghost at some point. However, when The States of Guernsey in the Channel Islands wanted to source 500m2 of sports flooring for The Guernsey Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre that would be future proof they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor to provide the solution with their world-class, uber performing Taraflex® Evolution sports flooring for their main sports hall.
The school itself can trace its history back to 1863, with the current school being the result of the amalgamation of the old Girls’ and Boys’ Intermediate Schools which was opened in 1985. The Sixth Form Centre was opened in 2005. It was built to accommodate the rising number of students wishing to continue their education after GCSEs, studying for AS and A Levels. So, legacy and history play a huge part in the school’s past together with influencing the present and the future. Relying on quality refurbishments that are both future proof and fit for purpose is a key element of any educational buildings requirement.
Chris Dyer, Building Maintenance Manager, Education Services, States of Guernsey commented, “At the time, the previous flooring was approximately twenty-three years old and not fit for purpose in relation to health and safety. After research in to multi-use flooring and receiving samples from various companies I ascertained that Gerflor was the most practical for our needs.”
He went on to add, “We were absolutely delighted, as the installation back in 2007 went very smoothly and created a fantastic transformation. This was the first time we had used Gerflor products. It was at the time, a big decision to replace a new modern sports flooring for us. Subsequently we have used Gerflor products on numerous projects as the quality of the materials they use is of the highest standard.”
The States of Guernsey appointed a local, family owned business to handle the fitting of the project. Established in 1997, the company is synonymous with the supply and installation of top quality flooring products using 12 of their own highly trained in-house fitters.
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