Flooring for student accommodation and other residential multi occupancy buildings

Cottrell + Vermeulen Architecture has designed new, bright and airy postgraduate accommodation for Churchill College, Cambridge with interiors featuring Junckers’ solid maple flooring. Cottrell + Vermeulen won a competition to design the new buildings, 16 years after the studio completed a housing scheme on a neighbouring site.

The 35 new units of accommodation comprise five studio flats and 30 en suite rooms with spacious communal areas on each floor, spread across three buildings. The design builds on the original architectural scheme, designed as an extension to CVA’s previous work on the site. The architects sought to recreate the warmth and brightness of the original college rooms from the 1960s and found our maple flooring a good match.

The choice of two-strip boards, where two staves of wood make up one floorboard, was also a reference to the narrow boards used in the original rooms. The naturally pale tone of the maple floor is matched by joinery in birch faced plywood to form a comfortable and welcoming space, ready for students to move into at the start of the new academic year. The floor was installed by our Approved Contractor VA Hutchison Flooring.

Quiet floors in multiple occupancy buildings

An important consideration for student accommodation is how impact sound travels through floors from one dwelling into another. Building regulations set out minimum standards for impact and airborne sound through floors which apply to residential buildings and buildings converted to new uses, including hotels and care homes.

The floor finish will usually act in combination with other elements of the building to achieve the target levels of sound insulation. The design of the subfloor and ceiling beneath play an important role, as does the way the floor finish may need to be isolated from the walls that surround it, but there is no question that the right acoustic floor will control the transmission of impact sound.

We have a range of acoustics systems available which comply with building regulations. The newly updated New Era acoustic system is a height adjustable system for use on structural concrete slabs, block and beam floors and almost any other type of sound, dry load-bearing base.

The New Era system uses acoustic cradles with 10mm thick recycled rubber pads, factory-fitted to the underside. The cradles are height adjustable using purpose-made packers, supporting laminated timber battens. 50mm thick mineral wool insulation is placed between the battens and Junckers 20.5mm or 22mm thick solid wood floorboards are fixed to the battens to complete the installation. The use of 36mm thick battens achieves an impact sound reduction of 27dB; and a 48mm thick batten achieves an impact sound reduction of 28dB, thus complying with building regulations.

For Junckers 14mm thick sold wood flooring installed with Junckers’ Clip System, an impact sound reduction of 19dB can be achieved with Junckers’ 5mm thick CA2 Acoustic Underlay, loose laid with the floorboards installed on top as a floating layer, no fixings required.

All our floor system specifications are available on NBS Plus and draft NBS clauses are available on request. We also provide BIM Objects for all systems. Junckers solid hardwood floor systems are guaranteed for 25 years when installed by a Junckers Approved Contractor. Junckers Approved Maintenance Contractors offer a care scheme where the client’s floor is periodically inspected and maintained so as to keep the floor in good condition and to maximise its life.

Junckers solid Maple flooring, post graduate accommodation at Churchill College, Cambridge by Cottrell + Vermeulen. Photo: Anthony Coleman
Junckers solid Maple flooring, post graduate accommodation at Churchill College, Cambridge by Cottrell + Vermeulen. Photo: Anthony Coleman
Junckers solid Maple flooring, post graduate accommodation at Churchill College, Cambridge by Cottrell + Vermeulen. Photo: Anthony Coleman
Junckers solid Maple flooring, post graduate accommodation at Churchill College, Cambridge by Cottrell + Vermeulen. Photo: Anthony Coleman
Junckers solid Maple flooring, post graduate accommodation at Churchill College, Cambridge by Cottrell + Vermeulen. Photo: Anthony Coleman

Bespoke Solid Wood Flooring for London’s Latest Hipster Hotel

Specialist hotel, hospitality and residential architects Dexter Moren Associates designed London’s newest hipster hotel, The Curtain. Located in the fashionable Shoreditch area, The Curtain’s luxury interiors include 4500m2 Junckers solid oak flooring in a dark grey stain and textured surface with a rich patina.

Fitted in all bedrooms and suites, the elegant, dark grey wooden floor is perfectly suited to the hotel’s luxe warehouse living style. The deep, grey stain and textured surface highlighting the natural grain structure of the timber is a custom finish developed in collaboration with the designers, to achieve an exact match to their brief. As a specialist service to the design community,

is able to create custom floors made in solid hardwood to offer bespoke finishes for individual projects.

Junckers solid wood floors have natural acoustic qualities and ensure a comfortable indoor climate for guests. The floor arrives pre-finished and sealed in Ultramatt lacquer, which has the appearance of an oiled finish, minimising on-site work and ensuring a perfect finish. A Junckers pre-finished solid hardwood floor is hard-wearing and long lasting, the perfect choice for a busy hotel.

The flooring contractors were PICA Floorings Ltd.

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Junckers Smooth Rum solid Oak floor in a textured finish at The Curtain Hotel by Dexter Moren Associates Photo: Adrian Houston

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Junckers Smooth Rum solid Oak floor in a textured finish at The Curtain Hotel by Dexter Moren Associates Photo: Adrian Houston

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Junckers Smooth Rum solid Oak floor in a textured finish at The Curtain Hotel by Dexter Moren Associates Photo: Adrian Houston

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Junckers Smooth Rum solid Oak floor in a textured finish at The Curtain Hotel by Dexter Moren Associates Photo: Adrian Houston

 

Junckers Launches The Leveldek System – Solid Hardwood Floors + Underfloor Heating From A Single Point Of Supply

Traditionally, timber floor finishes and heating systems are specified separately and supplied and installed by different companies. Junckers Leveldek offers a versatile levelling system, underfloor heating and a solid hardwood floor finish from a single point of supply.

We have teamed up with one of the main heating component manufacturers to offer a combined solid hardwood floor and heating system which achieves the best fit in terms of ease of installation and efficiency.

The Junckers Leveldek system is a fully integrated solid hardwood floor and heating system. Any of the 22mm or 20.5mm thick floor boards from our full range of finishes may be used, so there is a floor to suit any taste and style of interior.

Junckers hardwood floors have for many years been recognised as the only solid hardwood floors which are so stable that they are guaranteed for use with underfloor heating. This is something that architects, the flooring and heating industries have known for the last 30 years or so. It is fair to say that almost any type of underfloor heating may be used with Junckers floors. However, heating designs vary enormously with different ways of supporting the pipes and insulating the floor, and careful planning is needed when coordinating heating and flooring trades on site. There can also be some significant efficiency and running cost differences between one system and another.

Energy Efficiency and Fast Warm Up

A Junckers Leveldek floor system is able to achieve the greatest energy efficiency and fastest warm-up time because of the unique way the heating pipes
are supported directly beneath the floor boards. The heating panels are insulated and reinforced, and have aluminium heat diffusion plates. They are pushed upwards against
the underside of the floor boards by the support saddles and this close contact gives the best heat output possible. This also means that the Leveldek heating pipes cannot sag or move, so the heating will give the same reliable efficiency for its whole life. The design of the Leveldek system means that the response time and heat output can be calculated accurately, so the heating engineer can be sure that the predicted performance will be what the client will actually get.

The heating panels and battens are supported above the subfloor, therefore it is very easy to include other services beneath the floor prior to installation of the hardwood floor boards.
 Junckers Leveldek works perfectly when a sprung floor is needed because the heating panels will flex along with the whole floor system.

Leveldek – Many Solutions in One

There are many ways the Junckers Leveldek system can be used. It is based upon one of Junckers’ established levelling systems, so the subfloor can be a screed, concrete slab, block and beam or other type of base; flat or not. This makes it perfect for residential and non-residential new build as well as refurbishment projects.  When used with solid SylvaSport beech flooring, the system provides a sprung floor to EN 14904, which means that it is suitable for sports, dance and activity halls and meets the requirements or Sport England and Sport Scotland.

Environment and Sustainability Considered

As well as providing an energy efficient heating system the materials which are used for Junckers floors are from sustainable certified sources, are fully recyclable and manufactured to the highest environmental standards. Even the energy which is used to power the flooring factory is produced from waste wood from flooring manufacture.

Fully Guaranteed

Our long experience and unique reputation means we are able to offer a full guarantee for the system under the Junckers Lifetime Warranty Scheme with a 25-year guarantee for the flooring and installation, 10 years for the heating pipes and insulated panels and 2 years for all electronic components.

 

For more information, please contact Junckers tel 01376 534 700 or email technical@junckers.co.uk

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