On Friday 8th September, it was that time of the year again where team members attended the annual CFJ/CFA Installation of the Year awards, as we looked to add to our impressive haul of winners from the last few years.

We had a record seven finalists over two categories, and we are extremely proud to announce that we had a winner in both!

Installation of the Year 2023 - Loughton Contracts - CFJ Awards

The first of these awards was in the ‘Flooring in Offices’ category, for BP Project Samoa, on behalf of Overbury.

The detail was incredible, there were vast amounts of rugs cut into size, and also timber curved into various paths. The moon features of the rugs were particularly unique. We also had to ensure that the mastic installation looked like an extension to the timber and vinyl floor.

On this project, we installed 3,750m2 of timber, supplied by Havwoods. These were installed from the Mezz all the way up until level 8 in the corridors and lobbies. We installed over 10,000m2 of Interface, Tarkett and Shaw carpet tiles on all levels in areas such as the open plan, focus rooms, corridors, client suites, phone rooms, innovation space, sanctuary, south lobby and cocoons. 550m2 of Forbo vinyl was fitted to the mail rooms, security rooms, BOH areas, lobby, first aid rooms and pantry on levels 1 and 2. We applied around 190m2 worth of My Inside Guide rugs on every level to the south lobby, north lobby, north staircase, meeting rooms and sanctuary.

This project was BREEAM. All products procured for this project were low embodied carbon, low VOC, high recycled content. All products had environmental product declarations. All adhesives had EC1 certification. All timber products were full chain of custody. All from responsibly sourced businesses, with either ISO 14001 or FSC accreditations. All products met the BREEAM outstanding requirements. All products were low embodied carbon with high recycled content. All products can be taken back to the supplier at the end of life for recycling or uplifted for re-use elsewhere.

It was a revolutionary project in every sense of the word, and a worthy winner of this prestigious award!

Ross Cooper accepting the award for Installation of the Year for Loughton Contracts, at the CFJ Awards 2023.

The second of our awards was in the ‘Flooring in Residential Developments’ category for our project at Broadway, Westminster, on behalf of Multiplex.

The project consisted of six buildings – ranging between 13 and 19 storeys tall – surrounded by extensive public realm works. It sits on a 1.72-acre triangular site between Broadway, Dacre Street and Victoria Street and contains 268 luxury apartments designed by architects Squire and Partners.

During the design, phase we worked closely with our partner CMS Danskin to look at the environmental heat output with the different floor coverings. Following several workshops we chose a chipboard sub-floor to give the best output for the end user. We followed a strict Quality Assurance process to guarantee the UFH was installed correctly and functioned prior to floor finishes being installed. The installations were sequenced floor by floor and our team needed to meticulously plan in delivery of materials, quality check the UFH and ensure all transitions happened seamlessly to a compressed programme of works.

All adhesives were low VOC and all timber products were FSC accredited. To reduce our carbon use on this project we worked closely with our supply chain partner Protec. As well as receiving our protection, produced from recycled material, we also worked with the contractor and Protec with their closed loop scheme. All our used protection was removed from site and recycled back into new protection for us. As a result we had an atmospheric carbon saving of 76.12 tonnes of CO2, which is the equivalent of 1554 trees!

An amazing project which we will always look back at with fondness, capped off with this huge award!

Jared Pace collecting the Installation of the Year Award for Loughton Contracts.