Case Studies


Healthcare establishments can appear complex, busy environments and different operational areas will have different flooring performance and quality requirements.

Due to its hardwearing, water-resistant nature and ease of cleaning, vinyl is often the product of choice for many of today’s modern healthcare facilities.

Fit-for-purpose healthcare flooring solutions from Polyflor.

Acre Mill Outpatient Facility
Huddersfield, UK

PRODUCTS USED: Forest FX PUR, Pearlazzo PUR, Verona PUR, Hydro Evolve, Finesse SD

A variety of Polyflor’s vinyl flooring has been installed extensively across a major redevelopment and conservation project at the Acre Mills Outpatient facility, a Grade II listed former wire mill building in Huddersfield.

In order to expand the inpatient and A&E departments at nearby Huddersfield Royal Infirmary many of the outpatients departments for the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary have been relocated to the newly renovated Acre Mill, which was designed by Jefferson Sheard Architects in Sheffield.

Over 3300m2 of Polyflor sheet vinyl flooring from the Forest FX, Pearlazzo, Verona, Hydro Evolve and Finesse SD collections was installed by flooring contractors CMC Flooring of St Helens throughout Acre Mill, providing efficient and attractive floorcoverings for various interior environments with different demands and requirements.

Polyflor’s Forest FX PUR wood effect sheet vinyl in Classic Oak 3100 and Classic Walnut 3230 is installed in waiting rooms, reception areas and corridors to create a warm, welcoming and calming atmosphere for employees and patients. These contrasting shades are used to define seating areas and are combined using water jet cutting technology to create an inbuilt ramp warning sign in circulation areas.

A variety of treatment rooms throughout Acre Mill are fitted with Pearlazzo PUR flooring in Sailcloth 9719 with contrasting borders and coved skirting in Ocean Ripple 9720. Polysafe Verona PUR safety flooring in Dolphin Grey 5203 shade is installed within all washrooms to provide sustainable slip resistance in these wet areas.

Polysafe Hydro Evolve in Tigris 4257 was another safety floor used throughout changing rooms and shower areas at Acre Mill. Finesse SD flooring in Lodestone 5830 from Polyflor’s ESD collection is fitted in the health center’s X-ray suite.

“On this conservation and regeneration project we wanted to retain the unique character of the mill’s former industrial past whilst building flexible and attractive interiors that meet the needs of a modern health provider. Polyflor’s flooring had the ideal combination of performance and high design appeal to create a fresh and ambient space that didn’t have that clinical, institutional look.”
– Chris Race, Architect at Jefferson Sheard Architects​

The Acre Mill project has been shortlisted in the Building Conservation category at the RICS Pro Yorkshire Awards 2015.

CMC Flooring successfully recycled 75% of their waste on this project through the Recofloor vinyl take back scheme. The certificated BRE Global A+ ratings for many of Polyflor’s ranges contributed to the BREEAM credits earned during the Acre Mills development, resulting in an overall Good rating for the project.

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