The developers of a Grade II listed building needed a permanent solution that could be loose laid over unsafe metal balcony flooring – without detracting from the apartment's exterior.

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Urban Splash


Stylish, slip-resistant matting that can be loose laid over an existing surface yet remain stable in extreme weather conditions.


Bristol, UK

The problem

In 2017, property developers Urban Splash converted a Grade II listed former Imperial Tobacco building in Bristol into 270 units, comprising studios and one or two bedroom apartments. A major feature of the building are glass-fronted balconies that wrap round at each level. The balconies provide great views but the original open grid metal flooring was impractical for residential living. The developers needed to find a stylish, slip-resistant solution that could be loose laid over the metal grid yet remain sturdy in inclement weather.

The checklist
  • Provides slip resistance in all weather conditions
  • Can be loose laid over an existing surface
  • Sturdy enough to stay in place in high winds
  • Heel and wheel proof
  • Enhances the exterior of the apartment building
The solution

The luxury feel of the apartment building meant the matting not only needed to work well, but also look good. Together with flooring specialist Technix, we recommended that Frontrunner XT, one of the stylish entrance mats from our Frontrunner range, be installed along the length of every balcony.

Made from flexible PVC, the matting is designed to be loose laid with no fixing required, and remains stable in all types of weather. Frontrunner XT’s open grid traps dirt and quickly drains water, ensuring surfaces stay safe. The close mesh grid makes it suitable for wheels and heels, while the mat's diamond-tread surface provides residents with extra traction and comfort underfoot.

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“This is an interesting project for us and one which created a unique set of challenges. Architecturally, the balconies are stunning but the metal grid floor was impractical for residential living. Frontrunner XT matting has totally solved this problem. Not only does it look great but it is comfortable to stand on and will drain water. It is also sturdy enough to stay in place during high winds and is permanently weather resistant."
Beckie Upson, Technix
Plastex Frontrunner XT Black F1
Product spotlight

Frontrunner XT

Frontrunner XT is a heavy-duty entrance mat designed to combat substantial amounts of dirt and large debris.

Seamless integration

Choose from rolls in standard widths and 10m (33') 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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