Expona Flow helps RSPB visitor centre prepare for summer


Vinyl flooring from Polyflor’s new high design and high performance Expona Flow range was recently installed in the refurbished visitor centre at RSPB Bempton Cliffs nature reserve near Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

Designed by East Yorkshire based Salt Architects, the new RSPB Bempton Cliffs visitor centre opened in April 2015 and is expecting a busy summer of visitors coming to see the 200,000 seabirds who nest in the towering chalk cliffs every year. Around 240m² of Expona Flow heavy commercial sheet vinyl flooring in Honey Beige was installed throughout the visitor centre’s exhibition area and gift shop by Paul Hood & Son flooring contractors of Hull.

The Expona Flow PUR collection of heavy commercial sheet vinyl floor coverings includes 50 wood, stone and abstract designs in a 2 metre wide sheet format with a 2mm gauge and a 0.7mm wear layer. The Honey Beige design is from the Infinity collection in the Expona Flow range and was chosen to complement the surrounding coastal environment of Bempton Cliffs. This striking linear design features beige, gold and brown tones blended together to create the effect of endless wood. For superior cleaning benefits, Expona Flow flooring is cross linked and cured with Polyflor PUR polyurethane reinforcement for a simple polish-free maintenance regime.

Polysafe Verona PUR decorative, carborundum-free safety flooring was also installed in stairwells, corridors and bathroom areas to provide sustainable wet slip resistance. The installed Cookie Cream shade features virtually invisible safety particles and tonal decorative chips to give the look of smooth vinyl with the performance of a safety floor.

Keith Clarkson, Site Manager at RSPB Bempton Cliffs nature reserve commented:

“As this is one of the best locations in the UK to watch seabirds we’ve had over 40,000 visitors since we reopened the centre in April. We needed a floor that was hardwearing and easy to clean yet beautiful to look at. The finished floor is just what we wanted and we’ve had fantastic comments from the public about the refurbishment.”

Polyflor’s Expona Flow and Polysafe Verona flooring ranges contain recycled material and are 100% recyclable via the Recofloor vinyl take back scheme. Product samples can be ordered free of charge on the Polyflor website or by calling the Polyflor Samples Direct Hotline on 0161 767 2551.