National Flooring is rewarded for industry expertise at annual flooring awards

commercial flooring resin DSC_1724-d05f5a22The Resin Flooring Association, FeRFA, which holds an annual award ceremony to highlight and celebrate the expertise and professionalism within the resin flooring industry held the 2013 awards on 15th November at the Belfry Hotel, Solihull. The awards are popular amongst flooring suppliers and contractors and therefore the competition is high. The number and quality of the award entries this year were excellent and the judges had great difficulty in choosing the shortlist, and the eventual winner in each category. The National Flooring Company, who were shortlisted for the Small Project of the Year and Member of the Year award were chosen as winners for the Small Project of the Year.

 The National Flooring Company nominated the installation completed at the Mortuary for Peterborough City Hospital as it demonstrated the company’s ability to provide a highly focused service within a highly volatile environment. The project was completed within an operational city hospital mortuary which had been unsuccessfully completed by others on three separate occasions within just three years since the site became operational. The various stakeholders involved, whom were extremely pessimistic due to the previous unsuccessful installations, had to be managed specifically and with compassion. Each element of this project had to be expertly planned with precision to guarantee a successful installation.

 The nominations for this award are for installations that are less than 250m2 in size however the size of the project does not convey its complexity. Resin flooring had been presented as the best solution for the environment when the site was originally constructed but then had to be revisited on two separate occasions. Due to previous failures there was incredible scepticism shown from the landlord, NHS Trust, NHS Staff, mortuary staff and the Facilities Management Company all of which had to be overcome. The company were able to demonstrate their ability to understand the requirements of all involved and recognise the failures whilst showing compassion when planning the project within a partially live mortuary.

 The project required precise execution and strategic planning due to the challenging environment in relation to managing daily operations and completing the project within an agreed timeframe. The existing contaminated floor, substrate and drainage system had to be removed. A new drainage system had to be purposely built due to specific requirements and the substrate and floor had to be suitable to accommodate the needs of the environment and withstand the contamination that can be generated. The Degafloor QTA System was specified as the final floor finish as it provides a slip resistant and durable finish.

 Due to previous failures and the subsequent disruption a credible time schedule had to be proposed. Failure to complete would have resulted in massive damages and irreversible bad press not only to The National Flooring Company but also the hospital. Over compensating on time would have caused further disruption to the hospital and derision as follow on trades were required to undertake a deep clean and reinstate the equipment all of which required timely precision.

 To avoid complications core samples and trials were undertaken prior to commencement. The core samples confirmed the screed was contaminated with bacteria and therefore the risks to the removal and licensed disposal of the contaminated waste had to expertly managed.

 The installation took place in a live hospital environment therefore ventilation had to be carefully planned. The hospital required access to the body store fridges at all times throughout the installation therefore the execution of the installation had to be strategically planned and managed. This included the supply of adequate floor protection by the body stores to the positioning of the skips.

 On completion of the project every stakeholder displayed an enormous amount of gratitude towards the team and the efficiency in which the installation was planned and implemented. This once relatively simple project had turned into a complex installation due to a number of significant failures.

 Sarah Westwood, General Manager of Peterborough (Progress Health) Plc commented, “We found National Flooring both professional and highly committed to working with all stakeholders on this complex piece of work.  The workmanship was of an extremely high quality and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend National Flooring.”

 The way in which The National Flooring Company approached and completed the project was rewarded not only by the gratitude of those involved with the project but also by FeRFA who decided to award The National Flooring Company for their efforts.

 Helen McGachie, Chief Executive Officer of FeRFA commented, “The judges were particularly impressed with how the many challenges were faced during both the selling process with the client and the actual installation were overcome, and the high level of customer/client support you gave throughout.”

 For further information please contact National Flooring on 01778 343670.