Junckers solid oak floor for award-winning school

Architects Dixon Jones specified 600m2 Junckers solid oak flooring for Marlborough Primary School, a multi award-winning building on a densely populated urban site in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea in London.

The brief to create a primary school much larger than the original Victorian building on the existing site challenged Dixon Jones to design a school where teaching accommodation is arranged vertically around a series of cascading roof terraces. With nursery and reception classes on the ground, children progress upwards through the building the older they get, with the junior years arranged on the upper floors.

The interior forms an equally dynamic environment for students and staff with teaching spaces arranged around communal halls and generous circulation areas. A large main hall and multi-use space flooded with natural light from two central roof lights, features Junckers wide board oak flooring throughout, providing a natural, unifying backdrop. Junckers’ FSC and PEFC certified floors are a durable, long-lasting choice with low lifecycle costs. Made in solid wood, the floor can be sanded and re-finished multiple times without losing its good looks or performance, ideal for a thriving community school.

Main contractor: Mace; Joinery contractor: Swift Crafted; Photography: Paul Riddle.

Dixon Jones

Junckers solid oak flooring at Marlborough Primary School by Dixon Jones. Photo: Paul Riddle
Junckers solid oak flooring at Marlborough Primary School by Dixon Jones. Photo: Paul Riddle
Junckers solid oak flooring at Marlborough Primary School by Dixon Jones. Photo: Paul Riddle
Junckers solid oak flooring at Marlborough Primary School by Dixon Jones. Photo: Paul Riddle
Junckers solid oak flooring at Marlborough Primary School by Dixon Jones. Photo: Paul Riddle
Junckers solid oak flooring at Marlborough Primary School by Dixon Jones. Photo: Paul Riddle
Junckers solid oak flooring at Marlborough Primary School by Dixon Jones. Photo: Paul Riddle

The Higgins Bedford

750m² of our solid Wide Board Oak floor has been installed throughout the newly redeveloped The Higgins Bedford.  The £5.8M project, funded in part by Bedford Borough Council and the Heritage Lottery fund, has joined together three previously separate buildings into a new, fully renovated facility, which apart from the existing art gallery and museum now includes space for temporary exhibitions as well as for learning and activities, a café and a shop.

The floor serves as a unifying element to the new interior and acts as an elegant backdrop to the collections and exhibits. Solid hardwood floors are a good choice for a museum/gallery space as they’re easy to maintain and very hard wearing, even in high traffic areas open to the public. What’s more, as it was installed by Junckers’ Approved Contractor PICA Floorings, this floor is guaranteed for 25 years.

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Photography: Jake Fitzjones

M/S Maritime Museum, Helsingor, Denmark

Courtesy of our Danish colleagues, here are some pictures of the newly refurbished M/S Maritime Museum in Helsingør, Denmark. Working closely with architects BIG (Bjarne Ingles Group), they’ve created a custom finished oak floor for this special project. The floor acts a ‘bridge’ between the concrete, glass and steel in the interior, housed in an amazing 150 metre long, old concrete dock.

The brief was for a floor with a rustic quality to match the raw and patinated concrete of the old dock and the result is a solid, brushed oak floor which gives contrasting warmth to the overall impression of the museum. When natural light hits the surface of the floor at an angle, it creates a spectacular effect.

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Junckers Ash Perfect Backdrop in New University Building

Powell Dobson Architects specified over 1000m² of our 14mm Ash for the interior of the impressive new Cochrane building at Cardiff University. The new building houses the School of Medicine and is one of the largest of its kind in the UK.

Our solid hardwood floors are a popular choice for projects in the education sector as they’re hardwearing, easy to maintain and ideal for the high traffic areas of a building home to more than 3000 students and staff. The Ash floors add a natural warmth and beauty to the walkways and circulation areas of the spectacular central atrium – stunning, isn’t it?

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Photography courtesy of architectural glazing specialist Technal

Floors For Comfort

We’re proud to be involved in such an important project and this is the second of our floors to be specified by the Help For Heroes charity. Officially opened by HRH Prince Charles, Fisher House UK is a sanctuary for families of wounded military undergoing treatment at the nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham – a home-away-from-home where comfort is of primary importance.

Funded by the hospital’s charity in partnership with Help For Heroes and the Fisher House Foundation, it’s a purpose built facility offering 18 private family rooms as well as several communal living spaces. Our Wide Board Oak adds a warm, natural backdrop to the social and living areas and represents excellent value thanks to its low life cycle costs. In addition, our solid hardwood floors are easy to clean and maintain and their unique smooth, low-static surface cannot harbour dust or mites – perfect for residential buildings.

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Our smooth, crevice-free Wide Board Oak at Fisher House UK, Birmingham

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…and again at another Fisher House UK project, Headley Court rehabilitation centre in Surrey, opened by The Queen. (The Daily Express)

Having a moment…

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Maybe it’s because we’re obsessed with beautiful floors but we think parquet floors are having a bit of a moment. Recent posts on some of our favourite blogs showing super chic and stylish interior spaces with traditional parquet floors used in a contemporary way have inspired us to share some of our own.

Our Oak Harmony laid in a herringbone pattern in a classically grand apartment in central Copenhagen; rustic Oak Variation and Oak finished in our opaque Black Oil all look stunning.

Our Single Stave Blocks are laid in the traditional fashion and then, contrary to most of our floors which are pre-finished, sanded and finished on site. A floor like this can last a hundred years (or more!). Not only is solid hardwood very hard wearing, it can be sanded and re-finished as many times as you like.

RT2 bright bazaar

Byron, Charing Cross – from Bright.Bazaar

Beautiful blue kitchen

A beautiful kitchen

Parquet flooring - Design Sponge

 

A ‘sneak peak’ from Design Sponge

 

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Warm underfoot

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The autumnal chill in the air is making itself known and we’re doing what we can to make our homes warm and cosy. Draughty floor boards don’t help and aren’t so good for your central heating bill! But it doesn’t have to be – our smooth, crevice-free, pre-finished solid hardwood floors have fully interlocking tongue and groove joints that will completely eliminate nasty draughts that creep through square edged floor boards. Here’s some inspiration – a particularly beautiful home with our Merbau Boulevard floor.

If you’re in the London area…

…head to Wooden Floors on Fairfax Road in West Hampstead to see our full range of solid hardwood floors. It’s the largest showroom space dedicated to our floors in the country – a gallery style space which includes large, tactile panels of all of our timbers, colours and finishes.

Junckers at Wooden Floors, 71 Fairfax Road, London NW6 4EE. Tel 020 7625 1701.

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am – 5.30pm Sat 10am – 5pm Sun closed.

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Junckers at CDW 2012

Thank you everyone who came to see our solid hardwood floors at Clerkenwell Design Week last month – we had a great exhibition! If you didn’t, here are some pictures…

Architecture and Interiors photography by Jim Stephenson / clickclickjim Architecture and Interiors photography by Jim Stephenson / clickclickjim Architecture and Interiors photography by Jim Stephenson / clickclickjim