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.
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.
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Overview The State Library of NSW owns two collector’s chests of similar style and detail but with different contents. Known as the Governor Macquarie Collector’s Chest and the Dixson Galleries Collector’s Chest, they are made of cedar and date from the early 19th century. They contain painted panels of landscapes, fauna and birds, insects, butterflies and shell specimens. The Governor...