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The Piper Gallery is home to some of the best work of todays established, contemporary artists, and has recently been refurbished with the help of Havwoods Flooring.

There is probably no more discerning client than an artist, yet showing commitments meant that architect Lynton Pepper had just four months to design and complete the new Piper Gallery, in London's burgeoning contemporary arts hub.

The brief called for two separately accessed galleries, as well as office spaces, meeting rooms and a workspace. This meant that the basement had to be dug out, the

ground floor structure rebuilt and an additional staircase put in; fairly extensive structural work which also necessitated legal agreements and thus reduced the timescale even further.

Although the gallery only showcases experienced artists who have been practising for at least 40 years, the owner, Megan Piper, is still in her 20s and has surrounded herself with a young and enthusiastic team. Her design brief was

to create a calm, bright and joyous gallery, with elements of surprise and moments of disbelief.

The pressure on time meant that a careful choice of suppliers was critical, so Megan turned to Havwoods for the flooring. With literally hundreds of wood floors available from stock, all ready for immediate delivery, there was more than ample selection. Megan commented: "Havwoods were excellent. Good prices, good customer service, good technical support and speedy sample delivery for client choice. They were also very accommodating on site with our requirements for things like extra materials and resources."

Established in 1975, Havwoods' commitment to quality, expertise and service has made them one of Britain's foremost

wood flooring companies. Their continual search for new ideas means an ever-evolving portfolio of around 1,000 different products. They are also Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) accredited CPD providers and are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsment of Forest Certification (PEFC) approved.

Eventually, a solid oak tumbled parquet was chosen for the ground floor and laid in a single herringbone pattern to lend an air of authenticity to the gallery. For the basement gallery and staircases, a character grade, distressed and matt UV oiled engineered board was selected to complement it.


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