Gradus Matting Creates Vision of Safety at the Oracle

28 May 2008

Barrier matting specialist Gradus has supplied and installed one of its largest mats to provide superior safety for shoppers and staff at The Oracle in Reading, the region’s premier shopping destination.

Opened in 1999, The Oracle is one of the most popular shopping facilities in the region, boasting over 115 stores, and was winner of the British Council of Shopping Centres and International Council of Shopping Centres ‘Best New Shopping Centre Award’ in 2001, in recognition of its excellence in design and planning, as well as performance and trading potential.

Ideal for interior locations subject to heavy foot and wheeled traffic, Gradus Esplanade Plus barrier matting, with Indigo wipers from the Boulevard 6000 collection, was installed at the centre’s Holybrook entrance, replacing the original matting system.

Following the success of the first installation, several more mats are due to be installed throughout the shopping centre, and the size of existing matwells is being increased, to ensure optimum moisture reduction and dirt removal in order to limit the risk of slips and trips caused by adjacent wet or soiled surfaces.

Gary Warne, Business Development Manager for Gradus comments: “The management team at The Oracle recognised that the existing barrier matting system required updating to ensure their high levels of customer and staff safety were maintained. Due to the scale and type of application, the high specification Esplanade Plus system was recommended, providing a cost effective solution, without compromising on performance, safety or style.”

“In such an image-focused environment, it was crucial that the matting was in keeping with the shopping centre’s modern appearance. The design and colourway options available meant Gradus was able to supply a matting system that would deliver aesthetic benefits, as well as being hardwearing and durable.”

The Esplanade Plus barrier matting system from Gradus is available in two thicknesses (12mm and 18mm), open or closed construction and is available with a choice of wipers from the Boulevard 6000 and 5000 secondary barrier carpet ranges, enabling a fully co-ordinated SystemMatic approach.

For further information on Gradus barrier matting, contact 01625 428922 or visit

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