Gradus get to work at Steel City House

Gradus get to work at Steel City House
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25 May 2018


Steel City House is one of Sheffield’s most iconic buildings having been originally built in 1927. Its central location has made it a popular landmark within the business community and the restoration provides modern open-plan commercial office space for growing business users. Spread over 63,000sq. ft., the unique development offers brand-new, high quality facilities, set within a building steeped with heritage that retains many of its original architectural features. 

Gradus specified a variety of flooring accessories and floorcoverings to enhance the interior and provide safe access for all. Times Square carpet tiles were specified for use in the corridor and atrium areas. The bold design of Times Square complements the modern contemporary interior, whilst its excellent acoustic properties make it the perfect choice to create a welcoming environment for all building users. Gradus Times Square carpet tiles offer versatility and creativity, whilst being hardwearing and durable enough to cope with large volumes of foot and wheeled traffic.

Times Square is designed to be installed randomly on the floor reducing installation time and wastage and allowing easy replacement of individual tiles as no pattern matching is required. 

As the facility will experience a large amount of foot traffic, Esplanade 5000HD Primary Barrier Matting was installed in three main entrances and one rear entrance in colourway Jackdaw (black). This high performance barrier matting improves safety by reducing the risk of slip accidents caused by wet flooring.  It also helps to reduce cleaning and maintenance costs, whilst protecting the appearance and prolonging the lifecycle of adjacent floor coverings.

John Scotting, Managing Director of main developer Scott’s Developments Ltd, commented: “The restoration of Steel City House has created a thriving business hub in the heart of Sheffield. Gradus were able to provide a choice of colour and design options that allowed us to achieve a modern flooring scheme, whilst still complementing the heritage of this period building. 

“The Gradus products selected provide the perfect balance between practicality and aesthetics and we’re really pleased with the finished outcome.”

To define the step edge and ensure safe access for all building users, ADXT3 stair edgings were specified on all staircases. ADXT3 is part of the Gradus market-leading XT range and comprises an aluminium channel with a slip resistant insert that extends around the leading edge of the profile to ensure that foot contact is always made with the slip-resistant element of the stair edging for improved user safety.

Karen Burman, Product Manager for Gradus, said: “We are thrilled to have been involved in the restoration of this iconic building. Office environments are subject to heavy foot traffic, so selecting solutions for longevity and safety was key at Steel City House. We specified matting, stair edgings and carpet that will help to provide user safety, while also enhancing the modern design scheme.”

To find further information on Gradus’ full range of contract interior solutions, please contact Gradus Technical Support on 01625 428922 or visit

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