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

Rustic White Oak Boulevard

A white solid oak floor with wide board, long-length planks adds a bright, space-enhancing backdrop to an interior, making the most of natural light by reflecting it back into the room. At 185mm wide, Oak Boulevard is our widest floor board, made in solid oak, through and through.

Rustic White is an oil which allows the naturally occurring grain pattern of the timber to show through, leaving a natural look. The oil has a completely matt finish and it can be over-coated with Junckers’ Ultramatt lacquer for an even more durable surface, to protect against scuffs and spills.

 

700m2 Rustic White Oak Boulevard was recently installed in three of the luxurious apartments at The Silo, a prestigious development in Nordhavn, Copenhagen. We think the images speak for themselves, don’t you?

Architects: COBE

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Junckers Rustic White Oak Boulevard at The Silo

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Solid Oak Floor for Award Winning College Campus

Riverside Campus at City of Glasgow College has won a multitude of architectural awards for its outstanding design. Home to the world-leading Maritime College, the new building features a grand atrium where Junckers 22mm Oak Harmony finished in Ultramatt lacquer was specified for the expansive staircase and walkway.

Designed in a joint venture between Reiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects, the building is BREEAM ‘Excellent’ with many innovative on-site energy generation measures. Junckers solid hardwood flooring is made from renewable, sustainable forests and the entire manufacturing process is powered by Junckers’ own on-site power plant, which uses the residual wood of the forested timber. The Oak Harmony floor adds natural warmth to the large, open space and provides a hardwearing surface for a busy college environment. The flooring contractor was McKay Flooring.

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Junckers 22mm Oak Harmony flooring at Riverside Campus, City of Glasgow College Photo: Keith Hunter Photography

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Junckers 22mm Oak Harmony flooring at Riverside Campus, City of Glasgow College Photo: Keith Hunter Photography

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Junckers 22mm Oak Harmony flooring at Riverside Campus, City of Glasgow College Photo: Keith Hunter Photography

A New Parquet Floor From Junckers

Hexparket by CarpEnter CPH & Hartmann is a new parquet floor from Junckers. Hexagonal staves made in solid oak are laid to form an intricate design mimicking nature’s own geometric pattern based on equilateral triangles. Made in 100% solid hardwood oak, the staves measure 370mm on all sides by 20.5mm thick. The staves have a groove on each side and an accompanying loose tongue is used in the installation process.

Hexparket is delivered with an untreated surface to be finished on site with either a lacquer or oil. Made in Junckers’ most popular timber grade, Harmony, the floor has a natural appearance, few knots and some colour and structural graining variation between the individual tiles. Oak is a hardwood species characterised by being hardwearing and is therefore very suitable for flooring. The wood has a warm and golden glow, an interesting grain structure and over time the natural ageing gives the wood an authentic appearance. The graphic look and clean, sharp lines of the new Hexparket is perfectly counter balanced by natural beauty and texture of the timber, resulting in a lively, elegant floor.

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Junckers new Hexparket by CarpEnter CPH & Hartmann Photo: Tia Borgsmidt

Junckers Solid Hardwood Floors & Retractable Seating Systems

Our Technical Service Manager Richard Aylen’s expertise when it comes to combining our solid hardwood floors with retractable seating systems is second to none. Find out what to bear in mind and how installing one can be a lucrative investment.

 

Retractable seating offers schools and universities more flexible use of their halls and significantly increases opportunities for lettings and generation of income. The benefits of installing a retractable seating system are numerous: schools are able to stage their own performing arts productions in a more professional way with the audience having a better view that sitting on chairs “on the flat”; retractable seating can transform a sports hall into a lecture theatre or more flexible teaching space, both for school/university use and as a hire facility. The potential to generate income by letting the space to outside organisations for arts, sports and other events is usually a lucrative prospect and schools and universities usually see a quick return on investment.

Increasing numbers of clients who are fitting new flooring are opting to install retractable seating systems in their multi-purpose and activity halls. Therefore, the choice of flooring is very important so as to ensure that the surface will not be damaged and the floor is sufficiently loadbearing. Junckers floors have been proven over several decades to be very suitable for this type of use and we use our extensive experience to give the client valuable and well place advice on how to partner the floor system with their choice of retractable seating.

 

Types of Seating Systems

There are two main types of retractable seating system – fixed and mobile. Fixed systems, which are by far the most popular, are attached to the wall and extended out from the wall when needed. The seating is folded back against the wall when not in use. Fully mobile systems may be stored in a separate area, if full and unrestricted use of the hall is needed. Mobile systems offer the most versatility as they can be located anywhere in the hall, which means that the client can place the seats in one location e.g. for a drama production, and a different one for a basketball tournament for example.

A third option, but only rarely used because of the cost, are so-called air castors. These are used with fully mobile systems and use a cushion of air to move the seating unit around. They spread the seating load very evenly across the floor.

 

Benefits of Using Junckers Solid Hardwood Flooring

There are thousands of square metres of Junckers solid hardwood flooring in daily use with retractable seating, in buildings ranging from community centres, schools and colleges, through to Olympic venues.

Junckers offers a huge range of solid hardwood flooring, the majority of which may be used together with retractable seating. This versatility stems from the fact that there are a number of Junckers sub floor systems and installation methods to choose from, and so it is usually possible to find a great match between the hardwood flooring, the seating system, and what the client is looking for.

With a Junckers flooring system, there is no need to worry that the “sprung” quality of the sports, dance or performance floor will be disabled by adding strengthening which makes the floor completely rigid under foot. Junckers has extensive technical expertise in this area and, although the sprung batten system may need to be strengthened, it is possible to do this and to leave the sprung quality of the floor unaffected. It is not unusual for under floor heating to be needed as well, and it is possible also to include this beneath the floor boards, again leaving the “sprung” quality of the floor intact.

The surface of a Junckers sealed hardwood floor is very resistant to the type of wear and tear which may occur with retractable seating systems. Seating wheels will not mark or indent the Junckers floor whereas vinyl and other synthetic floors are often impossible to use because the wheels cause permanent “tracking” marks and scuffs. Some types of engineered hardwood floors may initially be OK if a retractable seating system is built upon them, but in the longer term the high loads may cause the core material of the engineered board to deteriorate and the boards will fail.

At Junckers we are able to assess the loads the seating unit will impose on the floor and from this we can offer a suitable design for the complete hardwood floor system- and we will guarantee the results. Many of the sports and performance floor suppliers in the UK are unable to offer equivalent guarantees and technical service, and in fact many do not have direct manufacturer representation in the UK.

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Junckers solid hardwood flooring installed with retractable seating at BBC Auditorium, Wales. Images courtesy of Capita Architecture

Il Bacio di Stile

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Il Bacio di Stile is Hungary’s newest luxury department store, housed in a fully refurbished World Heritage listed building on one of Budapest’s most prestigious locations, Andrassy Avenue. The impressive store, nearly 5000m2 over five storeys, is home to more than forty international fashion labels, many of them new to Budapest. The new interior oozes style and elegance and features our hugely popular Single Stave Blocks Oak parquet flooring.

Junckers becomes FSC Certified

Junckers, Europe’s largest supplier of solid hardwood floors, has become FSC certified. The certification strengthens Junckers’ commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility, which has always been an integral part of their business model.

The increasing demand for sustainable floors has lead Junckers to add another level of certification to their product range.  “To supply wooden floors where legality and sustainability are ensured is central to the flooring industry today and we are pleased to offer a premium product with all the right environmental credentials”, says Steve Maltby, General Manager, Junckers Ltd.
Junckers has supplied over 150 million m² solid hardwood floors to prestigious public and private buildings all over the world.

A new wide board floor from Junckers

 

Wide and Thin

Wide Board Oak is Junckers best selling floor, a firm favourite with architects and designers, used in prestigious buildings all over the world. Now Junckers are launching a 15mm thick plank, specially developed for use where depth has to be kept to a minimum. Ideal for refurb projects, commercial or residential, Junckers new 15mm Wide Board offers the chance to have the luxurious look of a wide board floor without loosing any head space.