Royal Alexandra Childrens Hospital, Brighton

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05 January 2009

Wicanders wood-veneered cork flooring from Gradus has been installed within the entrance atrium of the new Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton, creating an attractive, calm and comfortable children’s play area.

Cork flooring’s natural warmth and ability to absorb sound helped to create a comfortable play area, where children can unwind without disrupting other patients.  The layered assembly of the Wicanders flooring uses a central cork layer to create a cushioned effect that, unlike hard flooring, absorbs step and impact sound.  Cork flooring’s excellent environmental credentials complemented the building’s forward-thinking design – cork is harvested from the bark of trees which re-grows after around nine years, making it 100% renewable and sustainable.

Wicanders series 4000 is ideal for heavy traffic commercial and public areas, comprising a cork agglomerate core, natural wood layer and hardwearing surface to deliver high durability.  The vinyl backing layer with stick down solution produces a surface with a long lifecycle, reducing the need for maintenance and frequent replacement.