A pioneering unit for treating teenagers and young adults with cancer has been colourfully fitted out with Tarkett flooring.
The unit at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust was funded entirely by the Teenage Cancer Trust and designed to create a space as comfortable as possible.
Featuring six en-suite bedrooms, a four bed day unit, social space and support facilities, the bright and engaging décor of the centre was created using a variety of Tarkett flooring.
Representing the Trust and leading the project was architect Mark Maffey from Studio Mode.
“Suddenly finding yourself in hospital can be a disorientating experience, particularly for young people, so for that reason creating a safe and welcoming space was essential,” said Mark.
“To do this we consulted directly with the young people who would be using the centre to help create a space that represented who they were – no longer children, but not quite adults.
“They were deeply involved in every aspect of the design and layout. Key to the scheme was the use of easily identifiable areas that clearly demarcated the differing functions of each space.”
For this reason bright and colourful flooring was chosen for the treatment areas and calmer, wood effect flooring chosen for areas of rest and relaxation.
“By doing this the flooring told an emotive story. The colourful floors of the treatment rooms meet the wood effect floor of the safe social areas as a diagonal line running down the centre of the corridor.
“This impactful design statement further enhances the distinction between each space and strikes a line through the heart of the scheme – taking patients from their point of entry to the lounge.
“Deliberately created to reference a student common room the lounge represents all that is normal – something yearned for by the young patients.”
The Tarkett flooring used included iQ Optima in Yellow, Medium Blue and Green, iQ Eminent in Turquoise and Acczent Excellence 80 in Bamboo.
Throughout the project Mark was able to consult with Tarkett’s specification team on the flooring range most suitable to the challenging hospital environment.
“What made the project such a success was the buy-in from all those involved and this is certainly true of the team at Tarkett, they really understood what we were trying to do and were able to provide excellent technical support.
“The flooring went down easily and the finished project has been widely commended – especially by the young adults who now use the centre.”
Tarkett’s iQ range is a hard-wearing, durable floor with a huge spectrum of colours, patterns and effects that allows designers and specifiers the opportunity to get creative in a variety of environments.
It’s also a sustainable choice being made of 25% recycled content and 100% recyclable.
Sarah Igglesden, Brand Manager at Tarkett UK, said:
“Flooring can have such an emotive effect on the feel of a space and how people interact within that environment.
“Nowhere is this more apparent than within this unit. The thought and care that has gone into its design is impressive and is obvious in the finished results – it looks incredible.
“I’m proud that Tarkett has been part of such a worthwhile project.”