Specifier Review

Milliken makes a move at SKM

Milliken’s performance carpet tiles have been used in a fit-out designed to encourage collaboration and communication at the Manchester offices of Sinclair Knight Merz, a leading projects firm.

The functionality and style of the Fixation design and a plain tile in striking Acid Jazz colour were selected by Claremont Group Interiors to provide the interior with a floor covering to create a sense of movement and to support a flexible approach to working.

Housed in Salford’s first BREEAM Excellent rated construction, the Metro Building, the new offices bring together all of SKM’s locally-based operational staff from recent mergers and the existing engineering business to an open plan space with flexible meeting, touchdown and breakout facilities.

The requirements of the open plan working spaces were handled by Fixation, using a smart neutral colourway in its linear stripe to create a sense of motion, while a plain tile in the striking green of Acid Jazz from Milliken’s Colour Express service provided a pop accent in touchdown, meeting and breakout spaces.

“The floor was one of the first finishes to be confirmed by SKM,” comments Matthew Holmes, interior designer, Claremont Group Interiors. “The team felt the floor covering would play its part well in the overall scheme of the interior. One of the client’s main concerns, given the amount of staff, was that the open plan space would create a ‘sea of desks’. We dealt with this by using the stripe of Milliken’s Fixation to create a sense of movement, leading the eye down the linear plan and then breaking it up with furniture of varying heights, gradually rising to the back of space.”

Fixation is available in 40 colours, ranging from smart neutrals to richer slab colours, providing designers with the flexibility to deliver clients on-trend style and endless possibilities.

Milliken’s carpet tiles are designed to provide interior environments such as SKM’s Manchester offices, with lasting performance and appearance retention. Designed to provide attractive and functional spaces. Some 1,000m2 of floor coverings from Milliken where utilised in the fit-out which now supports SKM’s desire to enhance the delivery of multi-disciplinary projects to clients.

For further information contact Milliken on 01942 612888 or visit www.millikencarpet.com