On 15 February 2019, Architects Journal hosted their first-ever AJ Specification Awards at The Principal Hotel in Manchester. The awards ceremony celebrated outstanding working relationships between architects, manufacturers and suppliers, and the winners took home prizes in twelve categories ranging from bathrooms to technology. One of the winning projects had an exceptional flooring scheme.

The judges admired the well-judged and economical flooring scheme of the Clothworkers’ Building South, which has been the home of Leeds University’s School of Design for over 60 years. Luxury flooring specialist Amtico worked closely with architects Farrel & Clark to minimise wastage of tiles on site while helping the architect to incorporate its concept of using colour coding on the various levels to aid wayfinding. The vibrant colours and bold hues reinforce the design school’s creative purpose and the client is delighted with the result.

A comment from one of the judges: “The project could have gone disastrously wrong or been very safe given that the teaching is about design, colour and textiles. However, this team has taken it way beyond what you might expect and delivered a creative and innovative solution on a budget that wasn’t huge. The result is practical and hard-wearing, and successfully reflects the ethos of the place.”

Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to www.architectsjournal.co.uk for some of the information contained in this article.

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