Gradus Delivers Style and Class to Walkden High School

Walkden High School
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20 March 2012

Situated in Salford, Manchester, Walkden High School was rebuilt as a multi-million pound Specialist Language College in September 2011, as part of the government’s flagship Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. Providing state of the art learning spaces and top of the range sports facilities, the new school benefits 1,500 pupils as well as members of the local community.

Stratus carpet, primary and secondary barrier matting and aluminium stair edgings from Gradus have been installed in the newly built school, helping to create a fresh and vibrant learning environment for both pupils and staff.

To help reduce slip and trip accidents caused by wet flooring, the main entrance and all side entrances were fitted with Esplanade 1500 primary barrier matting with a walk-off area in Boulevard 1500 secondary barrier matting, both in Tempestas (black) to provide a co-ordinated system.

To ensure effective removal of heavy soiling and moisture ingress, Esplanade Plus primary matting was chosen for the entrance from the playing fields in order to protect and prolong the lifecycle of the surrounding floorcovering. Selected with Nightfall (black) wipers from the Boulevard 6000 range, the heavy scraper ensures optimum dirt removal whilst the patterned design disguises the effects of soiling.

Installed in all of the school’s classrooms, Stratus carpet in Flint (grey) complements the school’s interior, helping to create a contemporary environment for both staff and pupils. Combining durability, functionality and design, the carpet forms a clean, blank canvas for the bright accent colours of the furniture and fittings.

To ensure the safety of all users circulating between floors, all staircases were fitted with ADM1 aluminium stair edgings. Jet (black) slip-resistant inserts were selected to help reduce the risk of slips on stairs and to define the step edge by providing a suitable colour contrast with the floorcovering. The ADM1 profile measures 55mm on both the tread and riser to meet the guidelines in The Building Regulations 2000 – Approved Document M and BS8300:2009+A1:2010.

Suzanne Bemment, Product Manager for Gradus, said: “The combination of Gradus’ stair edgings, barrier matting and carpet tiles provides Walkden High School’s facility managers with peace of mind that the building is accessible, easy to maintain, and a safe and comfortable environment for all pupils and staff.”

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