How do you stop 400 students from tracking dirt inside their classrooms?

The arrival of temporary classrooms at St Andrews CE Primary School meant the school needed an urgent short-term entrance matting solution to keep dirt and debris out of the buildings.

The problem

When St Andrews CE Primary School took over an existing school site in West Sussex, in the south of England, temporary classrooms were set up to minimise the disruption to students. With over 400 students passing through the doors each day, there was an urgent need for entrance matting that would stop debris from being tracked inside – and help to reduce cleaning costs.

The checklist

  • Scrapes, cleans and dries shoes and wheels at the point of entry
  • Helps to reduce ongoing maintenance and labour costs
  • Withstands high levels of traffic
  • Easy to cut to fit on site
  • Quick to install without any advance templating

The solution

The school needed temporary entrance matting both internally and externally, so two products from our Frontrunner Entrance range were installed to create an integrated system. Outside, Frontrunner Entry’s aggressive diamond tread pattern scrapes shoes and wheels clean, while the open grid structure allows debris to fall away, effectively trapping and preventing it from being tracked inside. Inside, Frontrunner Plus’ heavy-duty absorbent carpet inserts remove moisture and dry shoes.

This unique ‘scrape and clean’ system helps to reduce cleaning internals, extends the life of floor finishes and keeps interiors looking smarter for longer. Though initially a temporary measure, Frontrunner was so successful at maintaining high levels of cleanliness that the local authority architects were persuaded to change their original specification, and use Frontrunner for all entrances to the new school.

At a glance

Client

West Sussex County Council


Brief

High performance entrance matting that effectively scrapes, cleans and dries shoes and wheels at the point of entry.


Location

West Sussex, UK

"As you can imagine, 420 pupils have the propensity of transferring a large amount of shoe dirt into the school. Cleaning costs money so we were anxious that the very best precautions would be taken. We were fortunate that trials with the temporary accommodation led us to find the right solution."
Chris Luckin, headteacher, St Andrews CE Primary School

Product spotlight

Frontrunner Plus

Frontrunner Plus is an absorbent entrance mat specifically designed to not only stop dirt in its tracks, but moisture too.


Seamless integration:
Choose from modules with ramped PVC edging, rolls in standard widths and 10m lengths, or order a custom size

Simple installation: One-piece construction means you can cut to fit on site, with no previous site visits needed

Easy to maintain: Simply roll or lift to clean, no special tools needed

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FeaturesBenefits
Diamond Cut Pattern
Diamond cut pattern
High Soil Removal
Slip resistant, high soil removal
Open Grid
Two layer open-grid construction
Excellent Drainage
Excellent drainage
Absorbent Inserts
Absorbent carpet inserts
Removes Moisture
Maximum moisture removal
Close Mesh Grid
Close mesh grid
Wheel And Heel Proof
Heel and wheel proof
Comes In Rolls And Modules
Comes in 10m (33') rolls or modules
Easy Installation
Seamless installation

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