OOF LEARNING ning facilities safe and hygienic, with simple design tips and effective flooring solutions.

and facilities managers will look to display important messages to create a safer space. The future around the virus is uncertain, so flexibility is highly important.

“Some studies suggest that porous surfaces, such as carpet, are less hospitable to coronavirus, as cold and flu viruses survive for a much shorter time on these materials.”

Interior design aspects that can be lifted and moved can allow an environment to be adapted accordingly to the latest government regulations. For example, our Social Distancing Carpet Tiles can seamlessly blend into existing flooring designs and can be removed with ease when the pandemic ends.

FLOORLESS SOCIAL DISTANCING It can be easy to forget the rules when you enter a space. Therefore, it’s important to display messages in corridors, classrooms and breakout areas, so staff and students are constantly reminded of the rules. Any reminders or messages should be clear and stand-out to avoid confusion.

due to custom manufacturing. With an A+ BREEAM rating and anti-fray qualities, our carpet tiles are in it for the long haul.

MOVE AND FLEX As soon as a school, college or university is COVID-proof, the sooner staff and students can safely return. For this reason, facilities managers have an increased focus on the functionality of interior design, rather than aesthetic. However, solutions which include both practical and stylish qualities will be favoured.

In some learning facilities, namely high schools, a bubble of students will be allocated one classroom for all of their lessons. Subject teachers will then rotate to these rooms to deliver their lessons. Therefore, renovations will need to take place to ensure any given space is suitable for all subjects.

Configurable furniture is likely to be introduced for improved personal space and to ensure teachers have the right equipment to carry out lessons. Durable, hardwearing, and heavy-duty materials and furnishings will be preferred, as they must withstand long-term use.

Flooring is another important consideration. As the world must quickly adapt to the current climate, many employers

Many learning facilities have decided to implement one-way systems to better direct staff and students. Studies show that pedestrian flow systems can help maintain social distancing measures, as they reduce contact between individuals.

Flooring design is a simple and effective way to reinforce one- way systems. Bespoke designs, like those found in our Social Distancing Carpet Tiles, can be used to aid with wayfinding and navigation, to point people in the right direction. Arrows, which are laser engraved into the carpet tiles, can be combined with social distance messaging to remind staff and students to stay apart in these places.

Borders are another great way to ensure a safe distance is kept. For example, laying four carpet tiles in a line, or creating a large square pattern on the floor can help distinguish visual safe spaces. This can work particularly well when contrasting bright colours against block neutral colours, to make the instructions clear and obvious.

With a wide-ranging colour bank, our creative Array range can be used for the creation of borders and pathways. With flexibility built-in, the carpet tiles can be changed and moved with ease to create clear and colourful borders – whether it’s tile by tile or an entire space. EDUCATION | 27

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