Taking an in-depth look at two projects and the flooring specified for each, as well as the motivating factors.
Established in 1904 as JR Burg Architect, Bild Architects is currently led by a fourth generation of partners. Their 111 year-long heritage within the industry, along with their focus on evolving with the times in order to remain relevant, their significant expertise and compounding knowledge truly set this firm apart.
“Bild Architects is not just a practice but a family, something which our clients also experience as we always add a personal touch to every project we undertake,” states Nadia Franco, Associate at Bild Architects. “Simply put, we focus on building relationships with our clients, which is why they often come back to us several years later when looking to pursue a new project. In other words, our clients evolve with us.”
The practice specialises in all fields of architecture, which include commercial, corporate, industrial, retail, leisure & entertainment, educational, residential, regeneration and specialised project environments.
Nadia highlights two distinct projects that Bild Architects successfully completed where Belgotex Floors products were specified, namely The University of Pretoria: Groenkloof Research Commons where 810m2 of carpet was installed and St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls’ new classrooms and boarding rooms where 867m2 of vinyl was installed.
“When we specify flooring, we always try to support local products in order to ensure that we contribute to the growth of our local industry,” highlights Nadia. “The products specified also need to be sustainable and green-certified, while aesthetics (the look and feel) is also a driving factor when selecting a product.”
“Local products play a crucial role when time is limited, as they are readily available, ensuring quick installations while concurrently being affordable. All of these factors played a role in the specification of Belgotex products for the UP Groenkloof Research Commons and St Mary’s DSG projects,” says Nadia.
The Groenkloof Commons area is a research facility for post-graduate students. The client requested a soft, plush carpet finish. This space is an exclusive use facility that needed to be comfortable with a homely feel. “A broadloom carpet was specified to create an upmarket feel,” explains Nadia. “All products for this project was of a high-end specification yet the carpets installed had to also be easy to clean and wear well over time. To achieve this, we installed a combination of Cosmopolitan Voyage and Westminster in Country Mushroom with special Blue underlay in the auditorium, meeting rooms and study areas.”
Cosmopolitan adds finesse to a heavy commercial environment and, even though it is extremely hardwearing, it still has a sumptuous feel underfoot. The resilient 100% Stainproof SDX (Solution Dyed Nylon) fibres ensure precise colour uniformity. The Cosmopolitan range has an eye-catching array of colourways suited to a variety of projects. It has a tufted cut-pile construction with a 7mm pile height and a total thickness of 9mm.
Westminster offers true luxury and takes commercial carpeting to new heights of comfort and sophistication. This elegant cut-pile carpet offers plush softness underfoot and provides excellent sound-absorption properties. Its fibre type is 100% Stainproof SDX and it has a pile height of 7mm and a total thickness of 9.5mm.
Due to the fact that these carpets were specified for an educational facility, the time constraint was a big challenge, as everything had to be completed within the university holidays. The carpets therefore had to be available immediately – Belgotex Floors once again delivered to expectation.
Turning to St Mary’s DSG, this project required two separate installations. Firstly, all the new construction links to the existing structure and needs to echo the heritage of the school with finishes matching that of the existing. For this reason the Vinyl VersaTile range was specified for the classrooms.
VersaTile is a semi-flexible vinyl tile supplied in a 2mm and 2.5mm thickness and a 300mm x 300mm size, with a PU layer and manufactured to EN654 specifications. The material is suitable for heavy commercial applications and must be fully bonded and installed as per the SANS 10070 code of practice for the installation of resilient thermoplastic and similar flexible floor covering materials, in conjunction with the Belgotex/Gerflor installation recommendations.
“We specified the Pewter, Black and Bright White and incorporated two different design patterns,” notes Nadia. “These floors are affordable, durable and they are suitable for high traffic. Furthermore, the grey hides any scuff marks from school shoes.”
The second installation was for the new boarding house for the school’s Grade 12 girls. The requirements were for a high-end look and feel. Bild Architects settled on the timber-look vinyl plank, namely Nexus Davenport Pekea Nut. Davenport is a combination of rustic tones and textures, which makes it ideal for any commercial installation that requires performance as well as aesthetic appeal. The latest colour and texture trends are backed up by a 0,55mm wear layer, which means it will perform in heavy commercial areas while looking great in any trendy environment.
“This specification was on par with the high-traffic requirements while the colour ties in with the school’s existing aesthetics,” continues Nadia. “The availability of stock was terrific and we were able to implement the school’s green philosophy by specifying these specific products.”
Why Belgotex Floors
“We have fantastic relationships with all the representatives from Belgotex Floors as they are always very quick to serve any of our needs,” highlights Nadia. “We don’t need to chase them for samples and we always have a good experience.”
Nadia goes on to say that Belgotex Floors continually expands their ranges and the fact that they are ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) certified and a member of Green Building Council SA is always a drawcard. Furthermore, they follow international trends and consequently offer greater options. “In addition, as already noted, their stock is readily available, they are quick and efficient with regard to their service, their products are affordable, and they follow a sustainability approach,” she continues.
Nadia highlights that it is hard to select a firm favourite due to the large variety of products available and each one’s performance and aesthetic attributes. However, Berber Point is the product most specified in their office due to the amount of corporate work they undertake and its availability, affordability and performance within this sector.
“The new Urban range with Striata pattern is also an excellent and exciting option when specifying a similar type for carpet,” she says. The Urban range breaks up monotony with its striking geometric tile. It is ideal for modern work environments or institutions looking to make a bold statement. Thick and thin stripes with varied spacing add texture and tone to this structured needlepunch carpet. The hardwearing surface also guarantees good looks and durability, while the eco-friendly stainproof fibre ensures cleaning and maintenance stays tax-free.
Reflecting on both projects, Nadia concludes that Belgotex Floors performed in all spheres in terms of looks and functionality. “Bild Architects is a firm that takes pride in its ability to continually transform itself, so it is great to know that a company such as Belgotex Floors is aligned with what we believe in and stand for.”