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Nuway Connect keeps shopping centre floors clean, dry and safe


With over a quarter of a million visitors every week, Castle Quay Shopping Centre in Banbury places a very high priority on public safety. Nuway Connect, one of Forbo’s new flexible engineered entrance flooring systems has been installed in the six entrance areas of the Centre to keep interiors clean, dry and safe.

Operations Manager Nick James knew that he needed to specify highly effective entrance matting that would help to maintain the appearance of interior floor finishes and prevent slip hazards, and, given the volume of foot traffic, that could withstand intensive use. The system also had to provide safe and easy access for disabled visitors.

floor3Nuway Connect was specified on the recommendation of SDS Matting of Alton – a member of FESSI (the national network of Forbo Entrance Systems Specialist Installers).

A versatile mat design developed to provide a very high level of moisture absorption, Nuway Connect is available on open and closed constructions and in heights ranging from 10 to 22mm. Unlike most ‘engineered’ entrance flooring, Connect mats in an ‘open’ construction can be rolled up making it easier to clean matwells.

Castle Quay was able to choose from a wide range of mat ‘infill strips’ including rubber, bristle and six different textile colours, drawn from Forbo’s Coral Classic range. Forbo’s Technical team advised on the choice of Coral Classic in anthracite which, combined with Connect’s low lustre, anodised aluminium finish, would help to avoid ‘strobing’ in bright conditions.

SDS Matting were required to fit over 240m2 of Nuway Connect in total, but thanks to the product’s ease of cutting and shaping on site, the installation was completed quickly and easily, out of hours, with no disruption to the shopping centre.

Nick James concluded: “Having had Forbo’s products installed by a FESSI contractor, we have the confidence that they have been installed correctly and will be safe and fit for purpose.

“The Nuway Connect matting has certainly been tested as we have experienced harsh weather conditions since it was installed. It has coped remarkably well in not only keeping the interior surfaces dry, but also helping to retain the overall appearance of the shopping centre.”

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