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National Flooring stays on track at Perry Barr Stadium

Friday, August 6th, 2010

commercial flooring resin Picture-304-648029e0When the Greyhound Racing Association decided it was time to refurbish their floors at the Perry Barr Stadium in Birmingham, they turned to quick curing resin specialists, National Flooring for advice. The existing vinyl tiles had become worn and in desperate need of replacing. The group were looking for a decorative, yet durable solution that would withstand the heavy footfall environment.

 

The bar and viewing area links to the outside track and therefore a degree of slip resistance was necessary. Having discussed the stadiums requirements, National Flooring specified the Degafloor QT system. The system, which is a blend of resin and aggregate, is hand trowelled and provides an exceptionally hardwearing solution. The textured finish also helps to enhance the slip resistance. The association were looking to enhance their corporate identity and therefore chose to install the system in blue and yellow to match their logo.

 

As a popular venue, with mid-week meetings, the window to install the new floor was limited. The Degafloor QT system provided the ideal solution due to the quick curing characteristics of the MMA resins.  Within just 2 hours of installation the floor was fully cured and ready for the Speedway event due to start late that afternoon. The total area of 350sqm was completed within three days.

 

Craig Thompson, Maintenance Manager for the Stadium comments, “We have waited for a number of years to be given the go ahead to refurbish our floors and it has been well worth the wait. The floor was laid in the tight schedule that we set out due to our racing times. National Flooring worked with total professionalism and skill even under the pressures of our schedule. From initial contact through to post installation I am extremely pleased with National Flooring as a whole and would not hesitate to recommend them to others.”

 

Anna Simpson, Marketing Manager of National Flooring stated, “We had been in discussion for a number of years with the Association and to finally get the go ahead was encouraging. We knew that the stadium held high expectations for their new floor and that the installation had to be completed to the highest of standards within restricted timescales. We are pleased that the stadium now has a hardwearing floor that they can be proud of.”

The best defence against spectator injury

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

commercial flooring resin the-best-defence-against-spectator-injuryDegafloor, a flooring specialist with significant expertise in the sports industry, is urging safety officers at sports grounds to review their stadia flooring after a spate of slips, trips and falls that have resulted in costly litigation against clubs.

Resin flooring supplier Degafloor and their installation partner, The National Flooring Company Ltd, have combined their expertise to create an unbeatable package for the sports industry after identifying and resolving flooring problems for a number of top sports clubs.

Recent research has shown that around 50% of all reported accidents at sports grounds are caused by slips, trips and falls, many of which can be directly attributed to unsuitable flooring. These shocking statistics also suggest that as many as 95% of major slips result in broken bones, creating a major headache for all operators of sporting venues.

Volume of footfall and wet weather conditions have long been known to contribute to slippery flooring within stadiums – particularly in older stands with concrete walkways – and in an increasingly litigious society, clubs are becoming more and more aware of the potential risks and are turning to companies such as National Flooring and Degafloor to provide an efficient, cost-effective and durable solution.

Despite the obvious risks, there is still a distinct lack of advice about suitable flooring solutions designed to minimise risk to spectators. But Peterborough-based National Flooring and Degafloor are advising safety officers at all sports venues – both indoor and outdoor – to talk to them now before it’s too late.

Over the past ten years many sports venues throughout Europe have either improved or created plans to improve their facilities and spectator safety. The drive to improve facilities is particularly marked in the redevelopment of football grounds in the 1990s following the publication of the Taylor report, yet flooring on terracing, steps and public concourses is still a grave concern, with a number of incidents reported each year.

Even in the modern era of all-seater sports stadia, the high volume of spectator traffic continues to cause the deterioration of public walkways, resulting in slippery surfaces. Whilst the problem of persistent standing has also led to a number of slip related incidents.

The Taylor Report (1990) and modern ground regulations identify short term standing – when spectators are entering or leaving the ground, or movements during spectator excitement – as “high risk” and particularly likely to cause spectators to slip, trip and injure themselves.

Whilst realistically, these risks will never be wholly eliminated, both National Flooring and Degafloor believe that stadia management should implement whatever physical measures they can to reduce the risks to an acceptable level. And that may involve the installation of specially created slip resistant flooring solutions such as Degafloor FB.

Meanwhile another problem has been the recent rise in the number of spectators standing in radial gangways. Evidence suggests that these supporters are most at risk of falling or slipping as other spectators push their way through either to get to the seating areas or the public concourses. This problem has been particularly prevalent on older, worn concrete steps.

Over the last three years, Top football clubs Celtic, Bolton Wanderers, Leeds United and Leicester City have all acted to improve safety by appointing National Flooring to install the Degafloor FB system.

All of these clubs had found their previous flooring unsuitable due to the slippery nature of old and worn surfaces, so National Flooring was called in to provide advice and to install a bespoke solution. The Degafloor FB solution chosen provides the grip, durability and visibility required to meet the latest building regulations and safety legislation, whilst even team colours have been incorporated into the finished floor surface!

At Parkhead, home of Scottish champions Celtic FC, problems had occurred after contractors applied a floor paint to steps making them slippery. National Flooring removed the paint and applied Degafloor FB in a bid to solve the problem. And since the initial application throughout almost one third of Parkhead three years ago not one case of an accident has been encountered in the treated areas.

Coca-Cola Championship club Leicester City has also made use of National Flooring’s vast expertise after the south stand concourse flooring at the Walkers Stadium, which had previously been finished in power floated concrete, had become slippery. On match days and especially in the wet, the volume of supporter footfall was creating concerns over potential accident and injury. To resolve these concerns, National Flooring specified and installed the Degafloor FB resin flooring system so supporters entering the turnstiles would be able to access the seating areas safely .

National Flooring’s commercial director James Wright said: “Sports arenas cannot afford to take any risks when it comes to spectator safety so we are delighted to be working with so many major clubs to help them improve safety at their stadia. The feedback has been really positive from spectators and management alike whilst the safety record speaks for itself. We are looking forward to working with many more in the future.”

James reports that whilst it has so far mainly been football clubs who have had the capacity to review their flooring requirements, other sporting venues have begun to show interest in improving floor finishes with spectator safety being the main driver.

That is in part due to the Safer Sports Grounds Programme (SSG), a lottery funded scheme available for the provision of ground safety improvements for spectators at rugby union, rugby league and cricket grounds. This includes works to improve spectator safety, the provision of better access to the stadium and safer terracing.

James concluded: “The problem of slip, trip and fall related incidents at sports grounds is by no means unique to football. We are now beginning to talk to a number of rugby clubs, cricket grounds and other top facilities with a view to them upgrading their existing flooring solutions.

“Legislation is constantly changing and it’s only a matter of time before the improvement of public walkways, concourses and terraces becomes law. Despite that, our advice is to act now to avoid potential expensive lawsuits.”

Leicester City build a winning partnership

Friday, September 24th, 2004

commercial flooring resin leicester-city-fcDramatic dives will in future be kept to the pitch at Leicester City FC, thanks to the intervention of Peterborough based National Flooring.

The Walkers Stadium, home of Leicester City Football Club (LCFC), is one of the best state-of-the-art stadia in the country and a flagship development, not just for the club but for the community as whole. As part of its continued investment, LCFC recently appointed National Flooring -an expert installer of resin flooring solutions for industrial and commercial use – to improve safety for supporters using the south stand.

The south stand concourse flooring had previously been finished in power floated concrete, which had become slippery. However, on match days and especially in the wet, the volume of supporter footfall was creating concerns over potential accident and injury. To resolve these concerns, National Flooring specified and installed the Degafloor â FB resin flooring system so supporters entering the turnstiles will be able to access the seating area safely.

National Flooring’s commercial director James Wright said: “We are delighted with the finished look of the concourse that now, with the application of Degafloor â FB provides outstanding spectator safety. We are also pleased to be involved with the club as it promotes itself to the wider community and regularly attracts over 30,000 supporters through its turnstiles.”

To make sure fans of the Foxes are kept happy, the heavy duty, anti-slip FB system has been installed using the striking blue and white colours of Leicester City FC.

David Butcher, head of internal services and IT at the club said: “Feedback from the directors and senior management team has been very favourable and we expect these works to provide a significant improvement in spectator safety.”

The new stadium, completed in August 2002, was part of major regeneration of a huge area of previously neglected city land and was designed by architects The Miller Partnership.

National Flooring helps Celtic FC achieve goal

Sunday, June 20th, 2004

commercial flooring resin celtic-park-stadiumCeltic Football Club has called in Peterborough-based National Flooring – an expert installer of resin flooring solutions for industrial and commercial use – to help improve safety at its stadium after a series of slipping related incidents angered fans.

It’s the second time National Flooring has been involved with the Scottish giants after carrying out upgrades to public areas within the stadium three years ago.

The club was so impressed by the non-slip, durable properties of the National Flooring solution – Degafloor â FB – that it has invited the company back to carry out the next phase of what is eventually planned to be a total coverage of steps throughout the stadium.

Previous problems had occurred after contractors applied a floor paint to steps making them slippery. National Flooring removed the offending paint and applied Degafloor â FB – a heavy duty anti-slip resin flooring system – to provide the grip, durability and visibility required to meet the latest building regulations and safety legislation. The installation was also tailored to match Celtics team colours.

And since the initial application throughout almost one third of Celtic Park three years ago not one case of an accident has been encountered in the treated areas.

Celtic FC originally chose National Flooring after the team played a fixture at Leeds United, saw the Degafloor â FB installation completed at Elland Road and instantly recognised its potential. And as a result of its ‘premier league’ service to both Leeds and Celtic, National Flooring has now been approached by many other top UK soccer clubs interested in applying Degafloor FB to improve safety in their own stadiums.

National Flooring’s commercial director James Wright said: “We are delighted to be working with a club like Celtic, one of the biggest and most successful football clubs in the world, to help them increase the overall safety of their stadium. The reaction to our work by Celtic and other clubs has been fantastic and we hope to be working with many more leading names soon.”

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