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.
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.
- 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 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.
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
Diamond cut pattern
Certified slip resistant (DIN 51130: R12)
Two layer, open-grid construction
Excellent drainage (DIN 51130: V10)
Close mesh grid
Wheel- and heel-proof
Made from flexible PVC
Easy to cut on site, contours to uneven surfaces
Comes in 10m (33') rolls