How do you transform a balcony with impractical metal flooring into a safe and comfortable surface for residents to walk and socialise on?

A Grade II listed building in Bristol, UK, was recently converted into 270 units with glass-fronted balconies. The balconies looked beautiful but the original metal grid flooring was unsafe and uncomfortable. The developers needed a permanent solution that could be loose laid over the metal – without detracting from the apartment's exterior.

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.

At a glance

Client

Urban Splash


Brief

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


Location

Bristol, UK

“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

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

Plastex Frontrunner XT is a heavy-duty entrance mat designed to combat dirt and large debris.
FeaturesBenefits
Diamond Cut Pattern
Diamond cut pattern
Slip Resistant
Certified slip resistant (DIN 51130: R12)
Open Grid
Two layer, open-grid construction
Excellent Drainage
Excellent drainage (DIN 51130: V10)
Close Mesh Grid
Close mesh grid
Wheel And Heel Proof
Wheel- and heel-proof
Made From Flexible PVC
Made from flexible PVC
Easy To Cut To Fit On Site
Easy to cut on site, contours to uneven surfaces
Comes In Rolls And Modules
Comes in 10m (33') rolls
Easy Installation
Seamless installation

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