Laing O’Rourke sells precast flooring arm for £20m

Laing O’Rourke has sold its Bison hollowcore precast concrete flooring business to materials group Forterra for £20m.

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The deal includes a five-year commercial agreement for Forterra to supply hollowcore and other precast products to Laing O’Rourke.

Bison Manufacturing is based around a highly-automated manufacturing facility located at Swadlincote, Derbyshire, which was opened in 2006.

Bison

But recently the Swadlincote plant (pictured above) has been operating at little more than 50% capacity utilisation, leaving it running at a £1m loss on revenue of £23m.

Laing O’Rourke’s net book value for the business assets stood at £10m.

Earlier this year, Laing O’Rourke sold its Bison pre-cast business in Scotland to FP McCann, which ranks among the UK’s largest manufacturers of precast concrete products, employing around 1,500 people.

Forterra said the deal created an immediate opportunity to take a leadership position in the UK precast concrete market, while also expanding its currently capacity-constrained business.

The Swadlincote plant is the largest and most technically advanced hollowcore manufacturing facility in the country with over £50m invested in advanced production in recent years.

The site includes a specialist precast facility capable of producing a wide range of bespoke precast concrete products.

Forterra chief Stephen Harrison said: “The acquisition is a unique opportunity to transform Forterra’s precast business in terms of scale and capability.

“We are acquiring well invested assets while at the same time solving the capacity constraints on growth within our own business. We gain a well-respected brand and will attain a market leading position as we look to grow the combined business.”

Forterra expects to generate a return on its investment in excess of its cost of capital by 2019 through efficiency improvements, proposed consolidation of production between sites.

 [Source”cnbc”]

Foundry seeks to replace carpet, flooring

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REYNOLDSVILLE — The carpet and flooring in The Foundry in Reynoldsville is experiencing some wear and tear.

Judy Dickerson, center director of The Foundry, is seeking to do something about it.

According to Dickerson, the carpet is worn and soiled, and the laminate floor is chipping and coming up in places.

She noted that an effort is underway to raise money for new carpeting and a new floor.

The fundraising includes a lasagna benefit dinner that will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 23.

The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children six years old and under. There will be a carry-out, which is a dollar more.

According to Dickerson, a well-known Italian cook, Judi Anderson of Brookville, will make the meal.

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Wave – Wooden Flooring Collection

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Inspired by non-rectified planks of Nordic Countries. Wave is a creative pre-finished European Oak flooring inspired by non-rectified planks typical in Nordic Countries that in the past used to be laid respecting the irregular and natural trunk shape.

The look of the wavy planks, the three elegant colors (black, grey, white) and the alternating of supernatural Matt and high Glossy finishes, make the wood flooring so new and modern. It’s a high sophisticated parquet, where the combination of colors and refinements emphasizes the wavy lines on the floor, almost like an optical effect.

 

 

[Source:- Interirozine]

Unusual Wall Paneling of Wooden Parquet at Igniv Restaurant

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After the success of Milan Design Week – Biscuit designed by Patricia Urquiola for Listone Giordano, conquers Europe with a beautiful project in Switzerland – Igniv Restaurant at Bad Ragaz Grand Resort.

The Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has taken her cues from the restaurant’s name – which means nest in Rhaeto-Romanic, one of Switzerland’s official languages – to mix brass, leather, golden hued table bases, and stone with an unusual wall paneling of wooden parquet by flooring company Listone Giordano. In a cozy setting, with a vaulted ceiling and an open fire, the designer created wood paneling using Biscuit that increases the sense of warmth and privacy, in a skillful mix of history and contemporary.

The duet of tradition and innovation creates eye-catching solutions that could stand alone as furnishing systems, much more than simple flooring. These collections exalt architectural design, adding innovation to the warmth and texture of wood. The collection centers on rediscovering the decorative power of parquet and the quintessentially feminine trait of softness expressed in rounded, curved blocks and a slight embossing of the surface. The patterns – regular lengthwise, inlay, mosaics or herringbone – do not differ enormously from the classic wooden floor options, but the size and the rounded tips of the wooden boards produce an entirely new look. Biscuit is made of French oak. The wooden strips can be assembled in six different patterns and used for flooring and high impact wall cladding.

 

[Source:- Interirozine]

 

Tessera Teviot

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One of Forbo Flooring System’s most popular carpet tile collections, Tessera Teviot has received a stylish colour refresh with new classic, contemporary and high impact shades now included. Designed to enhance the creative versatility of this practical yet high performance flooring option, Tessera Teviot’s diverse new colour palette will make it the go-to collection for commercial, educational and public sector applications.

 

 

[Source:- Forbo]

Allura Flex 0.55

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Perfectly capturing the beauty of the natural world, Forbo Flooring Systems’ new loose lay Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) collection, Allura Flex 0.55, consists of contemporary and in demand, reclaimed wood designs and natural stone aesthetics – taking the trend for nature inspired interiors to a new level.

Reflecting the grains, patterns and tones found within wood and stone elements, the new LVT range comprises of authentic, realistic designs that will connect end users to the natural world inside. The loose lay format also means that the collection has a cost effective installation, as it is quick and easy to fit.

 
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Flotex Planks

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As modular formats continue to increase in popularity, Forbo Flooring Systems has developed a new Flotex Plank collection, allowing users to create stunning, contemporary floor designs for areas where safety, hygiene and well-being are priorities.

Combining the comfort of carpet, the durability of a resilient floor covering and the design versatility of a plank format, the new design collection lends itself perfectly to contemporary workspaces, as well as high traffic areas such as hotels and transport hubs.

Offering six new designs: Triad, Box-cross, Lava, Seagrass, Concrete and Wood, in plank sizes of 100x25cm, the collection provides endless design possibilities, from colourful and complex layouts to minimal, sophisticated aesthetics, which use shape and pile direction to create a stimulating floor pattern.

 

 
[Source:- Forbo]

Wing Flooring Tile by Bolon

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During 2013 Bolon launches Wing – a flooring tile that allows architects and designers to combine several of the company’s collections and elevate them to a new level. Wing, which is part of Bolon Studio, facilitates new dimensions for large and small interior design environments. The strong architectural form interacts elegantly with interior design elements and building details. The results are striking – the new format reenergises each collection with all new characteristics – especially in combination with one another.

 

 

[Source:- Interiorzine]

Carpet Trends 2015 – Colors, Forms, Materials and Innovations

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We are definitely looking forward to January 2015 when in Hannover, Germany will open doors the new edition of DOMOTEX, the world’s leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings. Here the newest trends, colors, forms, materials and innovations in floor covering and carpets fashion will be presented to the public and the feel that floor covering is an essential part of the interior decoration, not just some small detail, will become a fact. As we have written before there are many new trends that turn the floor into an exciting and even defining design factor: the rich variety of stimulation for senses, the graphic and artistic solutions that will compliment any space or the innovations that will ease the cleaning and maintaining of floors – all does it counts.

An artistic jigsaw – the new collection of Vorwerk “Elementary Shapes” is created from the master of collages and honeycombs Werner Aisslinger – this virtuoso with creative hands follows honorably the footsteps of Hadi Teherani’s highly successful carpet tile collection. We expect that Aissilinger will ingeniously develop the artistic tendency, and he does not disappoint combining six basic geometric shapes (four end pieces and two rectangular connecting pieces) into a one-meter-wide patchwork, – which can be transformed into different designs of varying lengths depending on how the tiles are combined – the designer creates a masterwork in rich variety of color and materials.

Thanks to the artistic differences in color, shape and materials this custom-made jigsaw carpet can become a wonderful focal point in any space – bringing fresh look to long corridors, defining a soft spot in every stone or concrete floor and much more. Redefining the traditional rug, with very important innovation for practical house owners – an anti-slip underside that prevents the jigsaw of moving around – Aisslinger offers fresh, colorful, artistic and incredibly flexible flooring solution.

 

 

[Source:- Interiorzine]

Unusual Wall Paneling of Wooden Parquet at Igniv Restaurant

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After the success of Milan Design Week – Biscuit designed by Patricia Urquiola for Listone Giordano, conquers Europe with a beautiful project in Switzerland – Igniv Restaurant at Bad Ragaz Grand Resort.The Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has taken her cues from the restaurant’s name – which means nest in Rhaeto-Romanic, one of Switzerland’s official languages – to mix brass, leather, golden hued table bases, and stone with an unusual wall paneling of wooden parquet by flooring company Listone Giordano. In a cozy setting, with a vaulted ceiling and an open fire, the designer created wood paneling using Biscuit that increases the sense of warmth and privacy, in a skillful mix of history and contemporary.

The duet of tradition and innovation creates eye-catching solutions that could stand alone as furnishing systems, much more than simple flooring. These collections exalt architectural design, adding innovation to the warmth and texture of wood. The collection centers on rediscovering the decorative power of parquet and the quintessentially feminine trait of softness expressed in rounded, curved blocks and a slight embossing of the surface. The patterns – regular lengthwise, inlay, mosaics or herringbone – do not differ enormously from the classic wooden floor options, but the size and the rounded tips of the wooden boards produce an entirely new look. Biscuit is made of French oak. The wooden strips can be assembled in six different patterns and used for flooring and high impact wall cladding.

 

 
[Source:- Interiorzine]