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FORBO Realises Primary School’s Vision

A spectacular flooring design chosen by pupils has been cut from Marmoleum, using Forbo Flooring System’s unique Aquajet Technology, and has been installed in a primary school in Tower Hamlets, London.

When creating the main reception and welcome area within Kobi Nazrul Primary School its pupils, aged between 3 and 11 years, were encouraged to take part in the refurbishment project along with local designer Sarah Hammond. The objective of the new flooring was to represent the school’s vision of life long learners and endorse its connection with the outside community.

The chosen flooring design consisted of three themes reflected in a combination of circles: where we live, who we are and what we do. The three panels are very personal to the school, depicting the area around them through the welcoming artwork. Each Marmoleum design pattern was cut using Forbo’s unique Aquajet water cutting system, which enables reproduction of the most intricate designs. The sophisticated technology allows for endless creativity in creating bespoke patterns, to company logos - the possibilities are limitless, with each section of the design supplied in pre-assembled pieces to be fitted together on the floor.

Designer Sarah Hammond says: “For me, Marmoleum was an obvious choice as there was no limit on designs or colours. We really went to town on choosing bright and strong colours, from peacock green to rich cardinal red, for the actual design panels themselves, conveying a very vivid and visual representation of school and community life for the pupils. The main floor area into which the designs are set, is Marmoleum Real Azurro, a vibrant turquoise green.”

The complete Marmoleum collection offers a wide choice of structures across a vast colour palette, ensuring plenty of options for colour combinations, statement areas and for creating particular moods. The ‘where we live’ circle shows various landmarks that the children see in the community, from Tower Bridge to the world famous Gherkin, with the “who we are” section is based on portraits of local people and highlights the five human senses we all share. The “what we do” motif shows clearly how important the creative elements of singing, music, sport and drama are to the ethos of the school and thriving community.

Kobi Nazrul is also very environmentally aware, so Marmoleum was an obvious choice for the project. Made predominantly from natural and renewable raw materials, Marmoleum achieves the lowest environmental impact according to Life Cycle Assessment criteria and is naturally biodegradable. Marmoleum incorporates a water based Topshield finish for easy and cost efficient cleaning and maintenance, ideal for the reception area of a school that is subjected to frequent heavy footfall.

The production process of Marmoleum, which uses natural jute as a backing for the floor covering, created a lot of interest in the product itself amongst the children, as many either come from or have family in Bangladesh where a high proportion of jute originates from.

“I would definitely use the Forbo products again, the sustainability and environmental credentials are essential for my work, but being able to choose from such a wide range of colours and textures means that there are no barriers for me when I am designing,” comments Sarah.

“Having the pupils involved in the design of the flooring area enabled everyone to feel part of the school environment. The holistic approach has allowed the children to take ownership of their surroundings and to feel proud of their school and community. The versatility, strong colour palette and durability of Marmoleum makes it the perfect choice for a school environment,” says Wendy Hick, Head Teacher at Kobi Nazrul.

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