Polyflor scooped the award for the Longest Lifespan Installation at the prestigious 2013 Flooring Awards. Approximately 650m2 of Polyflor’s product was installed at the George Civic Centre in York Street, George.
The Longest Lifespan Installation award is reserved for the locally installed product with the longest lifespan in South Africa that is still in service, regardless of the type of product.
The client, which was the Cape Provincial Administration, specified Standard XL Black Cherry 8580 and Mushroom 9110 in 1968 and Polyflor is proud to announce that the floors are still in use. “The product was installed using single-application regular solvent adhesive. The flooring contractor was Alex Comay & Sons and the installation was done by Willie Havenga and Denver Coleman,” said Tandy Spolander of Polyflor SA.
Specs for the products used at the George Civic Centre
A tribute to vinyl sheet production
This project is a great tribute to vinyl sheet production technology. In its day, the George Civic Theatre was a new, modern and imposing building with an air of prestige. The interior of the foyer of the theatre was richly decorated with wood panelling to meet the required standard of quality that was expected of a building where senior government officials would meet and socialise.
As can be seen in the photographs, the flooring has definitely stood the test of time. The product still reflects its original finish, even after all the foot traffic it has been subjected to over the past 45 years. The municipality has taken care to maintain the look and finish of the flooring, which also contributes to the ongoing success and longevity of this flooring installation.
Taking into account the development in floor sheeting over the past 40 years, this product – which was manufactured almost at the beginning of the invention of fully flexible flooring – is amazingly still able to support the ongoing foot traffic that an events venue of the George Civic Theatre’s stature receives each day.