Southbank International School

Southbank International was founded in 1979 and teaches The International Baccalaureate (IB); challenging its students to excel in their studies and encouraging both personal and academic achievement across the world.

THE ISSUE

As the first school in the UK to be approved for all three IB Programmes, Southbank has flourished from its humble beginnings in London’s South Bank with just a few dozen students, and is now a renowned multi-campus institution in the heart of London.

As a result of its success, expansion of its campus was essential to accommodate growing numbers, hence the opening of Cleveland Street in September 2018, allowing an additional 200 students, aged between 11 to 19 years old, to benefit from the IB experience.

THE SOLUTION

Spread over six floors, the expansion is an inspiring, state-of-the-art learning environment which has been created with input from students and teachers. Their ideas have come together and created an inspiring environment to help them learn and develop including, living moss walls to bring nature indoors and calming colour schemes.

The new campus also offers IB students the use of specialised classrooms, a large common space on the top floor, study and learning pods and a design technology lab in the basement.

To assist with improved air quality and a reduction in sound impact levels the use of carpet was required in a number of classrooms, corridors and communal break out areas. Wright and Groom Interior Design house managed the project and selected two products from danfloor’s Nordform Collection; Classic XL; a high performing flat woven product and Eco Weave; a broadloom Nylon carpet with exceptional environmental features.

THE OUTCOME

Upon installation the school has seen may benefits from the specification of Classic XL and Eco Weave. The durability, appearance retention and cleanability of both products has ensured that the product continues to look like new.

Both Classic XL and Eco Weave have achieved the Eurofins Gold Certificate for indoor air quality, which verifies they have exceptionally low emissions and contributes to a healthy indoor environment.

In summary the Nordform products combined offer the following key features:

Extreme durability
Certified to British standard classification 33 “Heavy Commercial Use” enables both products to withstand high volumes of foot and wheeled traffic and intense commercial cleaning.

Appearance Retention
Manufactured using a solution dyed Nylon Eco Weave offers a locked in colourfast system which ensures superior colour and light fastness even when subject to harsh cleaning chemicals.

Environmental Focus
The ECONYL® 100% regenerated nylon yarn is 100% sustainable and infinitely regenerable.

Backing types
The choice of backings for both products offers flexibility for your fitting and installation requirements.