A new floor for the Paul Hamyln Hall at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden

The magnificent, light-filled Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House has a new floor. Junckers’ dark grey Oak Spicy Pepper was specified both for its good looks and its durability.

The textured surface, achieved by a special hard-brushing technique which removes the sapwood from the outer layer of the timber to reveal a raised structural grain pattern has been enhanced with a deep, dark grey stain. The new floor adds an elegant backdrop to the glorious Paul Hamlyn Hall, which was originally built in 1858 to house a flower, fruit and vegetable market.

After a fire destroyed the roof in 1956, it lay nearly derelict until the 1997-9 redevelopment of the Royal Opera House. It is now a much used public area, a restaurant and champagne bar for patrons during performance intervals, the setting for Tea at the Royal Opera House during the day as well as a performance space. The hall was renamed in 2007 in recognition of generous financial support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.*

Our Oak Spicy Pepper is a solid hardwood, wide board floor suitable for commercial installations, public spaces as well as residential homes. All our floors are ideal for use with underfloor heating and have a virtually limitless lifespan as they can be sanded and re-finished many times.

*information: The Royal Opera House

 
Junckers 22mm solid Oak Spicy Pepper, textured finish at Paul Hamlyn Hall, The Royal Opera House.
Photo: Jake Fitzjones
Junckers 22mm solid Oak Spicy Pepper, textured finish at Paul Hamlyn Hall, The Royal Opera House.
Photo: Jake Fitzjones
Junckers 22mm solid Oak Spicy Pepper, textured finish at Paul Hamlyn Hall, The Royal Opera House.
Photo: Jake Fitzjones
Junckers 22mm solid Oak Spicy Pepper, textured finish at Paul Hamlyn Hall, The Royal Opera House.
Photo: Jake Fitzjones
Junckers 22mm solid Oak Spicy Pepper, textured finish at Paul Hamlyn Hall, The Royal Opera House.
Photo: Jake Fitzjones
Junckers 22mm solid Oak Spicy Pepper, textured finish at Paul Hamlyn Hall, The Royal Opera House.
Photo: Jake Fitzjones
Junckers 22mm solid Oak Spicy Pepper, textured finish at Paul Hamlyn Hall, The Royal Opera House.
Photo: Jake Fitzjones
Junckers 22mm solid Oak Spicy Pepper, textured finish at Paul Hamlyn Hall, The Royal Opera House.
Photo: Jake Fitzjones
Image credit: The Royal Opera House

AJ Retrofit of the Year 2017 Features Junckers Flooring

A listed church hall in Burford, Oxfordshire, extended and restored in a £3.2 million upgrade by Acanthus Clews Architects, has won Retrofit of the Year 2017 in The Architects Journal Retrofit Awards. Environmental and financial sustainability were of paramount importance to the church with traditional materials used throughout the building. To fully meet the sustainability criteria, our FSC and PEFC accredited solid wood floor were specified for the two hall spaces. The choice fell on grey-tinted Oak Boulevard Golden Pearl floors with a plank width of 185mm to complement the new interior spaces.

Our solid oak floors are durable and hardwearing enough to meet the demands of a busy community and church hall. With a typical 60-year lifespan, a Junckers floor has incredibly low lifecycle costs and will serve this new community space for many years to come. The flooring contractor was MK Flooring.

All images courtesy of Acanthus Clews.

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