Wednesday 20 May 2009


When the time came for Leeds University to refurbish part of the flooring at its bustling city campus, they turned to inspirational flooring company Amtico International for a high quality solution.

Located in the heart of the vibrant city centre, Leeds University’s main campus is a mix of traditional architecture and contemporary buildings. With over 33,000 full time students, the university is one of the largest in the UK.

It was imperative that any new flooring was extremely durable to be able to withstand heavy and continual foot flow over a long period of time. But the product must also fit in with the tone of the buildings, being both appealing to students and reflecting the academic stature of the institution.

Kay Swithenbank, the interior designer at Leeds University, identified Amtico as a hard wearing and long lasting solution that could also be used to create striking looks.

“Amtico stands out and has an edge over its competitors because their products look so natural and not ‘plasticy’ like other ranges.

“Appearance retention and durability are also equally as important. Flooring at the university has to stand up to day-to-day wear caused by hundreds of people walking over it each day.

“We needed a product that could not only withstand this, but also still look good after some time.”

Working alongside Kay, Amtico International supplied and fitted a variety of products from their extensive collection to re-floor a large area of the campus.

A busy reception area was given an inviting, authentic and airy new look using Honed Limestone Natural from the Amtico Essential collection, whilst the stairs were brightened up with Fused Birch. To contrast with this light coloured wood, deep and sumptuous Rosewood was used in an adjacent café area to create a clearly marked out area that complemented the modern design of the surroundings.

A separate reception area was given a clean and contemporary facelift with Blonde Oak.

The final part of the project was flooring the new, tropical themed café Maia. Rosewood was again selected for this, for its warm, timeless look that added to the lush décor of the new space.

“We were absolutely thrilled with the results,” added Kay. “The new flooring looked fantastic and the service from Amtico was excellent.”

Amtico International has 40 years’ experience in designing, engineering and manufacturing some of the most innovative and resilient flooring products in the world. The company delivers flooring solutions to industry and business as well as domestic environments.

Issued on behalf of Amtico International by Connect PR. For more information contact Sarah Allen on 01902 714957 or

Products used:
Honed Limestone Natural LH11
Rosewood W707
Fused Birch W750
AbyssBlonde Oak W746Abyss

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