This year marks FeRFA’s 42nd year of representing the specialist resin flooring sector. The excellent quality of all the award submissions and the diversity of resin flooring applications, across different sectors from designer studios, retail and prestigious new build projects, to traditional industrial flooring, gives clear evidence of the growing markets and new opportunities for resin flooring systems.
As well as showcasing a wide range of top quality resin flooring projects, the submissions showed members’ continuing commitment to health and safety, training, environmental responsibility and sustainability. This year a new award was presented to acknowledge the importance of innovation in the sector.
The FeRFA Awards were presented by football legends Ray Stubbs and Mark Lawrenson together with
sponsors: Howard Collins of Cobra Insurance Brokers, James Hoyland of Huntsman Polyurethanes, Paul Corbett of Countrywide Waste Management, Mike Clarke of Protech Plastics Containers and Chloe Green of Flooring Magazine
SMALL PROJECT – sponsor Huntsman Polyurethanes
This award focuses on projects up to 250m2 submitted by a FeRFA contractor and manufacturer. The shortlisted projects included an artists studio (Ultrasyntec and Resdev), a religious centre’s footbath (Central Flooring and Altro Floors) and a pets animal hotel (Quest Industrial Services and Flowcrete).
The Winner of the Small Project Award was Central Flooring Services and Altro Floors for the Religious Centre in Leicester.
Working in a highly sensitive area on this community project, a bespoke solution was required to provide a seamless decorative finish. The challenge was to form intricate detailing on a vertical surface which was achieved with a hand trowelled resin quartz system.
Ultrasyntec and Resdev were awarded Highly Commended for Double Dimension Design.
LARGE PROJECT OF THE YEAR – sponsor Huntsman Polyurethanes
Again jointly submitted by the contractor and manufacturer, this award category is for projects greater than 250 m2. To win this category the key characteristics the judges were looking for were a degree of innovation, aesthetics, size of application, time taken (fast track-large area), difficult conditions, challenges, the total approach to ensure the project meets with the client’s requirements. Shortlisted projects were: St Georges Shopping Centre Car Park (IRL Group and Sika), the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building, GOSH (McDaid Screeding Services and Flowcrete), Audi Car Showrooms (Phoenix Specialist Flooring Contracts and Remmers), Gen-Probe Clean Room (Top Team and Remmers) and The Olympic Velodrome (Floor Trak and Remmers)
The winner was Phoenix Specialist Flooring Contracts and Remmers for the Audi Car Showrooms
A designer showroom in need of designer flooring, this project involved the installation of unique vertical design detailing to produce a decorative and contemporary resin finish. The client is so delighted, this project has produced the benchmark for future Audi UK showrooms.
The judges also gave a Highly Commended award to McDaid Screeding and Flowcrete for a project which produced outstanding technical installation detail at The Morgan Stanley Clinical Building, GOSH.
ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE AWARD – sponsor Countrywide Waste Management
This award is for a company showing commitment to environmental best practice, engaging in recycling, and a whole company approach to meeting environmental targets. There were some outstanding entries, from which the shortlisted companies were: ACC Flooring, Central Flooring and Quest Industrial Services.
The judging panel all agreed that one entry stood out based on the fact this company had totally engaged in recycling by changing the way the business is run, by introducing new ways of working which involved the training of staff, setting and achieving recycling targets. All of this hard work has resulted in a 100% recycling commitment both within the company at their office base, and on site.
The Award went to Central Flooring.
TRAINING AWARD – sponsor Cobra Insurance Brokers
Training is the key to the future of the resin flooring industry and this award is in recognition of a member company’s continuing commitment to training, development of staff and training achievement. The shortlisted companies were ACC Flooring, Euro-Resin Solutions, IRL Group, John Lord and The Preparation Group.
A great challenge for the resin flooring industry is to encourage newcomers to learn this specialist skill. The 2012 Trainer of the Year has fully supported the FeRFA Apprenticeship schemes by recruiting apprentices to register on the scheme. The company recognises that its employees are the company’s most valuable asset and as a result of training all employees, both administrative and contracting, has seen real improvements in the efficiency and staff morale of the business.
The winner of the Training Award was John Lord & Sons.
INNOVATION AWARD – sponsor Flooring Magazine
This is a new award which is judged on a company’s introduction of an innovative product, step or process which has led to an improvement in business performance. The winner of the 2012 Innovation Award goes to a contractor who introduced an innovative technique in application to produce a fast curing decorative resin system for shower trays. This innovative step allowed the contractor to coat 500 shower trays within crew cabins, whilst at sea, over a fifty week period.
The winner of the Innovation Award was Euro Resin Solutions
CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR – sponsor Protech Plastics Containers
This award recognises a contractor’s commitment to Health & Safety, the training and development of staff, the quality and variety of work, outstanding customer service, new application techniques, promotion of resin flooring in accordance with the FeRFA Classification, and environmental practice and awareness.
Shortlisted companies were: ACC Flooring, Central Flooring, IRL Group and John Lord and the overall winner was Central Flooring Services Ltd.