New Birmingham University Library
Described as a milestone project for the sector, the newly built library at Birmingham University has completed its contemporary appearance with burmatex®, BREEAM A+/A, carpet tiles. Using five different ranges the design is adjusted throughout the building in order to suit the various spaces.
The main body of the library is fitted with class 33 tivoli – including multiple greys along with green and purple highlights. On the ground floor a repeated square pattern has been given a contemporary twist. Each square uses four feature colour carpet tiles and by changing the colour used – from green to purple – this structured flooring design is able to created zoned areas within the large space.
Across the other floors a background of tivoli multiline melanesia grey runs through the entire design with focus spaces (such as seating areas, bookshelves and computer banks) kept in the single colour. Defining highlights using four different colours from the tivoli range – two greys and two greens – have then been used to create dynamic walkways throughout the building. These pathways are either straight or in a staggered diagonal layout adding a unique element to a practical walkway design.
In the segregated meeting rooms and quiet study areas the flooring design is completely changed. These spaces use the class 33, balance echo and structure bonded® ranges of lateral®, zip and code. Different combinations of these products have been used in the various side rooms to create very different atmospheres. In some rooms the dark balance echo design is used along with a few structure bonded® colour inserts while in other rooms the corresponding colours of lateral® and code have created very vibrant finishes.
As more of our high profile installations start to mix burmatex® ranges, we can evidence how our product range is ideally suited to creating truly unique, inspirational finishes for education.