Once again the FeRFA Best Practice Awards have highlighted and celebrated the best projects and innovation that the resin flooring industry has to offer.
The gala Awards dinner, hosted by world cup-winning former rugby player Kyran Bracken, took place at The St Johns Hotel, Solihull, on Friday 23 November and saw awards presented in five different categories, recognising the workmanship, innovation and commitment to quality shown by FeRFA member companies.
Many congratulations to this year’s winners, who are as follows. Small Industrial Project of the Year, sponsored by Boud Minerals, was won by IRL Group & Remmers. The project was at Swiftool Precision Engineering Limited, Sutton in Ashfield, where the floor was transformed from a tired-looking space into a newly refurbished workshop area and walkway colour-matched by in-pail tainting. The project was completed within 72 hours causing minimum disruption, meaning the client was able to showcase their facilities to a potential high-profile customer. The product used was Remmers Epoxy Flex PH.
The Large Industrial Project of the Year category , sponsored by ACO Building Drainage, was won by Integrated Flooring Technologies & Flowcrete for the Macallan Distillery, Scotland. Aesthetics were a critical aspect of this project, with over 21,000m 2 of flooring installed within a complex facility at a remote location. The use of resin flooring ensured that the floors in the industrial space would maintain a functional, visually attractive finish for a long period of time, with tourist areas having to withstand foot traffic of approximately 50 – 60,000 visitors per annum. The products used were Flowfresh, Peran SL and Flowcrete Quartz Structure.
Small Commercial Project of the Year was sponsored by Innoveo/Dorfner. The category was won by Zircon Flooring and Sika for the Leeds Art University. High-skill levels were required on this TV studio project to ensure that a totally flat floor was achieved. The performance of the specified products was crucial to create the ideal floor for the environment. It was required to be level, durable and smooth, as well as aesthetically pleasing and safe from damage caused by static electricity. The products used were Sikafloor® 161, Sikafloor® Level-30, Sikafloor® 220W, Sika Earthing Kit and Sikafloor® 262 AS N.
Large Commercial Project of the Year was sponsored by Stallard Kane Associates and was won by Coatech and Flowcrete for the Menai Science Park (M-SParc)in Gaerwen, Anglesey . The resin flooring on this project needed to reflect the high-tech, architecturally innovative principles, which are central to the new business centre. This requirement was met by using a combination of systems in a unique layout. Matching products were used internally and externally on pathways around the building and in the courtyard areas to give the impression of the surfaces flowing from inside the building through to the outside and vice-versa. The products used on the project were Flowcrete Peran Comfort, Flowcrete Rustik Glamourstone.
This year saw the introduction of the Innovation Award. Sponsored by Cobra Insurance, this was won by Altro for their new Quickcure Extra product. This is a rapid curing seal coat. It enables reduced downtime, resistance to water spotting and spillages, in addition to providing a hard-wearing finish.
FeRFA congratulates all those who won Awards this year, and also extends its thanks to those companies who entered Awards – the time and effort required to produce high quality entries is very much appreciated. Special thanks also go to the sponsors and judges and to all those who came along to the galaAwards night, helping to make the evening a highlight of the year for the resin flooring industry.