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University of Leeds

posted: November 2016

The Alexander Room is a dedicated space for the University of Leeds’ Chancellor and Vice Chancellor to welcome VIP guests and senior members of the Establishment on special occasions, including graduation ceremonies.

During the complete refurbishment of the space, the existing, tired flooring was replaced with American Oak from Amtico’s Signature collection.

The warm oak finish was chosen to maintain a traditional feel, as well as add more character to a space that had previously lacked atmosphere. To create an authentic, stylish and classic look, a Parquet, stunning in its simplicity, was the obvious laying pattern.

The Parquet pattern references the historic flooring found in other areas of this red brick university, while a clever use of border stripping helps to give the room an Art Deco inspired framing – an acknowledgement of the room’s décor.

Durability was also paramount for the flooring, as the Alexander Room is used for a range of purposes, including private dining. This meant it needed to withstand regular furniture removals and changes in the room’s configuration.

Amtico Signature proved to be the idea solution, with its combination of design-led finishes and high-performance 1mm wear layer, 20 year warranty and A+ BREEAM accreditation. 

"The Alexander room is a wonderful place for the senior members of the University to relax and entertain, with the room it'self having important historical significance. The new flooring certainly looks the part and the Amtico has really transformed the room. We're also incredibly pleased with the hard wearing nature of the product, as it helps all of the problems associated with more traditional products, such as hardwood."

Penelope Tiffney - Interior Architectural Designer, University of Leeds