There are a number of flooring options that you may wish to opt for. Again it is important to consider the potential use of the flooring. Is it likely to have a lot of traffic? Is it in an area that allows food and drink? Are spillages likely to be a regular occurrence? Is it a practical work space (e.g. lab, workshop)?
Issues to factor in include anti-slip capabilities and ease of maintenance, for instance choose the colour wisely as light colours can result in high maintenance overheads to keep clean. There are flexible approaches to take, for instance if you would like carpet but you think it might not be practical for the space then carpet tiles may be an option so that individual tiles can be replaced as and when necessary.
Neil Gow, IT Development Manager at Newcastle College, recommends that if you have installed a floating floor to accommodate moving data points and other services in the future then you need to ensure that the floor panels and carpet tiles are of a size and shape that permits such flexibility. You may otherwise find that your ‘flexible’ approach means you need to re-carpet the area after making changes.
Birmingham Metropolitan College (Matthew Boulton Campus) has a mix of flooring throughout the building, from practical and hardwearing floor tiles in the reception area through to shiny vinyl flooring in some corridors and carpets in others. Floor coverings in rooms reflect the type of activity that occurs in the space, e.g. easy clean vinyl in labs. A variety of colours are used throughout and some flooring has a mix of colour to represent the demarcation of space.
Stephenson College has used natural toned floor tiles throughout the building. The colour complements the general natural colour scheme of the College and contributes to the sense of light and space. The floor covering offers robustness and easy maintenance.
Warwick University also offers a variety of flooring in its Learning Grid. Stairs are perforated metal with occasional underfloor lighting. The stairs lead on to vinyl flooring in similar grey tones and again occasional underfloor lighting. Shiny stone style floor tiles are used in the atrium area. Carpet tiles are used in other areas within the space.