Chichester College contacted us here at Recreational Coatings and asked us to come up with gym flooring solution for their gym area. The college has a small but varied gym space.
The challenge was to offer a gym flooring solution that would integrate well with a wide range of gym equipment. The old floor was dated and damaged in places with ‘cattle mats’ used as a patch-work quilt to prevent further damage.
We had to ensure the new gym floor was tough enough to withstand the abuse that gym flooring endures. It wasn’t going to be easy but we set to work.
The first issue was that the existing subfloor was a raised access floor which isn’t ideal for gyms. We, therefore, installed a reinforcement layer to help prevent damage from weights being dropped. The second issue was that isolated areas of the old subfloor had been reinforced with plywood which made the floor uneven. We had to level out the subfloor so that the new flooring would float over the top. This would save the customer time and money.
Once we had reinforced and levelled the subfloor we set about installing the new floor finish. In the CV area we installed Gerflor Creation 70 Clic in colour Flamingo- this product offers a hard and resilient surface which is ideal for CV/fixed-resistance areas, walkways and reception areas.
In the free weights area, we installed a 40mm rubber impact tile- ideal in areas where dumbells & barbells are being dropped. The gym is on the first floor so the impact tile will help with the acoustics as well.
Finally, we installed two bespoke sunken lifting platforms. The platform centres were finished with Gerflor Creation 70 Clic Flamingo and the drop zones were reinforced and finished with a specific rubber tile designed to withstand repetitive impact.
We completed this project on time and within budget. As well as the gym flooring installation, Chichester College also utilised our sports floor skills and we refurbished the Junckers wooden sports hall floor. Chichester College really did take advantage of our expertise in sport and gym flooring!