When the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) moved into their new HQ they set out to design a space that would embody their core values of creating a circular economy. This meant designing an innovative and inviting space, while keeping sustainability at front of mind.
Interior specialists, Action Workspace, were brought in to manage the design, specification and installation for the fit-out. With the project brief focusing heavily on the use of recycled or recyclable material, they worked closely with LWARB to ensure total transparency when it came to making sustainable material choices.
For the flooring, this was a particular challenge. Lead designer at Action Workspace, Lisa Humphreys, comments “While commercial carpet tiles have moved on quite a lot in terms of recyclability at end of life, smooth flooring is still catching up. We were therefore on a mission to source flooring that would meet both the design and sustainability requirements.”
Tarkett provided the perfect solution with its complementary range of DESSO Fuse & Fields carpet tiles and iD Inspiration loose lay LVT, satisfying both the aesthetic design ambitions and the sustainability requirements. Thanks to Tarkett’s ReStart® programme, this choice aligned perfectly with the LWARB’s circular economy principles. The take-back scheme is dedicated to a collection of flooring at the end-of-life, so that it can be recycled and reused as a new resource.
DESSO Fuse and Fields carpet tiles, equipped with Cradle to Cradle® certified EcoBase® backing as standard, were specified in light grey and green tones to add an inspiring splash of colour to the boardroom. For the main entrance, kitchen area and walkways, iD Inspiration loose lay LVT was selected in a dark grey hue creating a stylish and professional, yet practical solution for the scheme.
Jessica Brodrick, from LWARB, comments: “We wanted to lead by example with this project by showing how you can opt for sustainable materials, without compromising on quality design and functionality. We are all very happy with the results and hope it will inspire others to make more sustainable design choices to bring us all one step closer to achieving a truly circular economy.”
London Waste and Recycling Board, UK
Project: London Waste and Recycling Board
Location: London, UK
Square metres: iD Inspiration loose lay – Beton Grey – 85.8m2, DESSO® Fields 9515 – 25m2, DESSO Fuse 7073 – 5m2 DESSO Fields 7072 – 20m2
Product: iD Inspiration loose lay LVT and DESSO Fuse and Fields