Designing better mental healthcare facilities

Robust and attractive flooring for Welsh Integrated Care Centre

Polyflor says a selection of its vinyl flooring products has helped to create safe and attractive internal environments within the ‘state-of-the-art’ Cardigan Integrated Care Centre.

The flooring specialist said: “Being able to access support close to home can have a transformative effect on people’s lives. That is the simple principal behind the £24 million Cardigan Integrated Care Centre (ICC).” The purpose-designed unit brings together specialist health and social care facilities, including GP practices, X-ray and outpatient clinics, community resource teams (CRT), and mental health services.

Internal spaces feature a neutral palette, selected ‘to create a calm uplifting environment’ for visitors. Polyflor said: “As a high-traffic, multi-service healthcare centre, the flooring selected needed to provide exceptional ongoing performance, with hygiene, slip resistance, and aesthetics all key.” Polyflor flooring was installed throughout the building by Artisan Flooring.

Within the consultation and treatment rooms, and circulation areas, Expona Flow PUR was specified in Moleskin and Oatmeal. Its neutral shades provide a smooth finish with subtle pearlescent detailing, ‘creating an attractive environment, while also being practical, resilient, and hygienic’. Poylflor says its polyurethane reinforcement (PUR) will allow a low-cost, polish-free maintenance regime for the product’s lifetime.

The calming colour scheme continued into the toilets, changing, clean and dirty utility and bay areas, where Polysafe Verona PUR in Cookie Cream and Dolphin Grey was selected. Verona incorporates ‘practically invisible’ safety aggregates to improve traction, and provide a sustainable slip-resistant finish, for safety underfoot, and protection against spillages and contamination.

Acoustix Forest fx PUR – specially developed to reduce impact sound within interiors, with an impact sound reduction level of 19 dB – was chosen in American Oak for the children’s therapy room and gym. Polyflor said: “For the shower spaces, the flooring needed to provide all the aesthetic appeal established in the rest of the centre, and deliver exceptional safety performance in continually wet areas.” Selected in Colorado and Tigris finishes, Hydro Evolve was chosen. Its carborundum-free composition with slip-resistant particles and raised pimple embossing are designed to provide added grip and underfoot safety.

Polyflor added: “All the specified floorcoverings achieve BRE A+ certification and provide an environmentally sound product choice. The vinyl’s resilience will ensure that Cardigan Integrated Care Centre remains looking its best for years to come.”


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