Tarkett is a worldwide leader of innovative flooring, developing products that support both people’s wellbeing and respect the environment. Due to the business’s integration of its DESSO® carpet brand – previously based in Abingdon – the company decided to take up residence in a larger office space at Connect 38 on Ashford’s Commercial Quarter site. The office relocation was an opportunity to bring the different teams together to encourage collaboration. The new 5,900 sq ft office space in Ashford also offers strong transport links with high-speed services to London and Europe.
Tarkett was committed to creating an environmentally-friendly office, which would inspire creativity and boost staff welfare. Our emphasis was on creating an environment where staff were located adjacent to natural light and sustainable materials were prioritised. An essential part of the project was to achieve an accreditation that reflected Tarkett’s commitment to sustainability. We undertook assessments to demonstrate this. Our fit out for Tarkett was awarded a SKA Gold rating and the Performance Beyond Compliance certificate, as part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
The office relocation project also provided us with the opportunity to work with a blank canvas to create a living showroom where the Tarkett teams can live and breathe their product ranges throughout the office. One of the focal points is a striking feature wall of yarn bobbins, which sits behind the reception, reflecting the journey of wool through to final product.
This project prioritised sustainability and biophilic design- mirrored in the specification of a variety of Tarkett smooth flooring solutions and DESSO® carpet tiles, which align with the SKA Rating requirements. FSC certified timbers and biophilic design elements were incorporated into the initial design phases. Products used include ID Loose Lay planks to allow Day Two accessibility to the floor void, DESSO AirMaster® Earth carpet tiles to ensure better air quality within the office and DESSO Traverse flooring to create specific zones and moods. In the newly designed shower rooms and locker area, we used Safetred Natural Rock Steel and Aquarelle Wall Stone Warm Grey, prioritising a neutral and understated colour palette to create a sense of space and calm.
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