Forbo Floor Coverings in Old Parliament House

PROJECT DATE : 22ND SEP 2023
project
Forbo Floor Coverings in Old Parliament House
client
Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD), Old Parliament House
services
Museum and Gallery Services

Overview

ICS was engaged by Old Parliament House to implement the Forbo Flotex flooring. The flooring is a unique textile carpet flooring that combines the hard-wearing and durable characteristics of a resilient floor with the quality, warmth, and comfort of a carpet. The unique nature of the Flotex carpet process is that it can have any image printed on it.  Its chemically stable, acid-free backing makes it ideal for reproducing the original floor surface while protecting it at the same time.  It is widely used in homes and buildings with a timber look, to give the impression of the original flooring.

Trial Stage

The initial install of the Forbo system was in the two stair landings on the lower floor at the front of Old Parliament House.  These spaces incorporate a section of original 1920’s blue rubber flooring, surrounded with original timber flooring.  These two areas will be continually assessed with a view to implementing the solution in other high traffic public areas of the House, to protect the original floor surfaces, whilst maintaining the same look and feel.

The Flotex was installed directly over the original flooring, free-floating - with no adhesives used to secure the mat to the underlying floor.  To hold the Flotex in place it was cut precisely to fit into the space, butting up hard against skirting boards and walls.  The trial will include assessing the longevity and wearing of the Flotex, along with monitoring its stability given that it is installed as a mat, as well as assessing if there are any effects to the original floor underneath.

Scope of works

  • Detailed measurements and precise photography taken, and digital manipulation and image rendering were completed to allow the fabrication and installation of a replica flooring cover
  • Analysis of Forbo floor material to ensure that it has no effect on the Old Parliament House flooring
  • Adjustment of (non-heritage) swinging doors to ensure better fit of the floor covering
  • Combine the measurements and photographs to create an accurate and precisely to scale digital representation of the floor
  • Print the digital representation of the floor onto the Forbo floor covering solution
  • Install in situ at Old Parliament House

project
Forbo Floor Coverings in Old Parliament House
client
Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD), Old Parliament House
services
Museum and Gallery Services
During Treatment: A small section of Forbo sitting on top of the original floor
After Treatment
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