When Cummins Generator Technologies moved its global headquarters to Peterborough, architects at James Cubitt & Partners used a wide range of Forbo’s flooring products to transform empty and dated premises into a modern, invigorating and productive office environment.

The architects set out to create a professional HQ with collaborative working spaces and meeting areas for their client’s customers and global teams. Chere Waddington, Interior Design Director says: “We wanted to provide a bright and fun workspace which also expressed our client’s branding and manufacturing heritage. We met this brief by installing a multitude of products from Forbo’s large portfolio in the company’s brand colours and complementing shades.”

A striking ‘wow feature’ in the reception area reflects the company’s one hundred years’ experience in building electrical machines. As Chere explains: “A red ribbon ‘swoosh’ glides alongside the grey floor and wraps up the wall, behind the desk and along the ceiling. This continual, free-flowing feature depicts the journey or ‘conveyor belt’ of development and progress that the company’s manufacturing process has made over the decades.”

Forbo’s luxurious Westbond carpet tiles in vibrant Poppy were used to create the ‘swoosh’, contrasting starkly with Forbo’s Allura Flex in Concrete, specified for its robust and durable nature.

The architects wanted to fuse industrial elements of the interior design with the more modern working environment, and create easily identifiable spaces, zones and breakout areas throughout the headquarters. To achieve this they used colour blocks of carpet tiles from Forbo’s Tessera Alignment and Alignment Highlight ranges. These carpet tiles in turn merge seamlessly with the Allura Flex tiles in Ash Oak and Concrete that provide an easy to maintain flooring for office tea points and kitchen areas.

To complete the floor scheme and keep interior floor coverings clean and dry, Forbo’s Coral and Nuway entrance flooring systems were installed adjacent to the entrance areas to the building.

Chere concluded: “With a variety of high quality products and the excellent relationship we have with Forbo, we had everything needed to create an engaging aesthetic that’s thoroughly contemporary in its approach, but with a nod to the client’s history. By obtaining floor coverings from one supplier it also meant that we could save time and money on the project, and provide our client with less maintenance in the future.”

Mr Justin McKay, Global Facilities Leader at Cummins Generator Technologies commented: “Within the design industry trends and technologies are constantly changing however, thanks to James Cubitt & Partners’ interior design incorporating Forbo’s products, I am positive that the workspace will remain looking modern and invigorating for our employees and customers – even in years to come.”

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