Judged as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2011, Wilmslow High School in Cheshire is classed as a Specialist Sports College so, when it was decided to build a new sports hall, there was a determination to specify the building to the highest standards and install the best flooring possible. Gerflor’s Taraflex™ Sport M Performance was quickly identified as the natural choice due to its high levels of comfort, performance and safety, combined with its durability, easy maintenance and multi-sports capability.
When it came to installing the floor, Gerflor’s Dry-Tex System was utilised as it allowed the Taraflex™ Sport M Performance to be laid even though the concrete slab was still damp. This meant there was minimum delay to the build programme and that there was no need for additional moisture barriers (DPMs), saving both labour and material costs. The way the flooring was laid, in sheets with welded seams, was seen as a great advantage over a wet pour floor, due to the speed and efficiency of the installation.
Taraflex™ Sport M Performance is the result of more than 60 years of research and development investment and experience by Gerflor. The flooring is categorised as a point elastic floor complying with the EN 14904 Standard for indoor sports surfaces. This means that it compresses around the point of impact to absorb the force of the shock or impact. At the same time, its cushioned surface means it is comfortable to run or walk on. A P2 category flooring, it offers 35 – 45% shock absorption and is 9mm thick.