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so the operator uses one company instead of three or five,” he adds. The end result of the process, where attention to detail is vital, is that installation requires only around eight working hours per square metre to ensure a kitchen has a high performance floor that meets all regulatory requirements. Its approach has proven successful in many hospitals, universities and large corporate facilities, and the company recently finished installing kitchen flooring for the five-star Alpenhof Murnau hotel in Bavaria. Drainage is, of course, a universal


concern. “Good drainage mitigates the risk of bacteria coming into the premises,” said Andy Buchan, divisional managing director, ACO Building Drainage, when he spoke on the subject previously with Foodservice Consultant. “People are eating out more and poor hygiene can cause food poisoning outbreaks. Environmental health officers will immediately shut down restaurants for poor hygiene standards. Drainage gives kitchens an outlet for a lot of gunk. Restaurants have to ensure drainage doesn’t harbour bacteria – it must be able to be cleaned effectively so it isn’t a host for bugs.”


Beyond back of house


The primary requirements of flooring in a commercial kitchen are defined largely by regulations covering safety and drainage, but the flooring in the front of house area is equally important. Amtico, a company with 50 years’ experience in producing luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring, has come to specialise in robust flooring to suit a broad range of aesthetic requirements in the restaurant space. “A floor is the basis of a room and heavily affects the atmosphere in a restaurant,” says Kirsten Krämer,


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Flooring


from Amtico International at Butlins


Firehouse, Skegness, UK


senior marketing executive for Central Europe for Amtico International. Choice of colour, look and feel – such as modern, rustic or vivid – are important when you search for the perfect floor. But it is also the size of planks or tiles that influence the effect of a floor. Technical features have to be considered as well, and can affect the decision about which product is the right one for your project. You might choose a different LVT product if a refurbishment is time critical.” In the large design studio at its headquarters, Amtico works on helping restaurants to create the right atmosphere for guests and not only has a wide range of colours and designs for LVT, but can also advise on laying patterns to suit


contemporary or traditional designs. “Laying patterns adds a bespoke touch and helps to identify the brand,” says Krämer. “We receive great feedback on our designs and our customers appreciate the range they can choose from along with the


Choice of colour, look and feel are important when searching for the perfect floor


bespoke design which allows them to make unique floorings. Every planner and restaurant owner can find the right flooring to complement the interior concept and the quality of our LVT ensures a long-lasting flooring that is easy to maintain. It is the durability of the products that convinces customers.”


Whether front of house or back


of house, getting the optimum flooring solution is an essential part of the design process and its importance should never be overlooked. The choice must take into account aesthetics and functionality and, to get it right, it pays to ask a consultant to bring it to the attention of all parties at the earliest possible stage.


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