Tower 42, previously known as the NatWest Tower, is one of London’s most iconic buildings and is currently the eighth tallest tower in Greater London. It was built between 1971 and 1980 but continues to look modern and offer excellent facilities to the people and businesses located there. The wide range of functions the building fulfils means it can be a challenge to manage and since March 2017 Ecotile interlocking floor tiles have been used to solve some of the flooring problems in this unique environment.
In the public areas of the building attractive carpet, marble or tiles reinforce the impression of stylish luxury you would expect from one of London’s most prestigious buildings. However, behind the scenes a more robust floor covering is required to cope with heavy loads of supplies for the restaurants and shops etc. Many of these have to be transported on pallet trucks so the point loading is quite high and was breaking down the screed in the service corridors. The volume of traffic is high so finding time to repair the problems areas was an issue and Chris Jackson, Operations Manager of Tower 42, realised a tough loose lay flooring such as interlocking floor tiles was the answer to his problem.
“I contacted several manufacturers but Ecotile was the only company prepared to come and do a site survey and explain the product in person. Having met Hugo and discussed our requirements, I had complete confidence that Ecotile would provide the best product and customer service, which was extremely important to us.
Over 300m2 has been installed in five stages and we are very happy with the product and the service. The tiles have improved the aesthetics and it is much easier to move equipment round on the Ecotile surface. Our staff like working on it and the maintenance side of things is much better than the previous painted concrete. I also liked the fact that the tiles are made in the UK which gives me peace of mind about the quality. I have already recommended Ecotile to colleagues and would do so again”.