About Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre
The popular Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre in Kent first opened its doors in 1992 and today has over 90 top name stores spanning three floors, as well as a wide choice of places in which families can dine and relax. Located in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells, and open seven days a week, Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre attracts over 10 million visitors per annum. Given the levels of pedestrian traffic, the entrance matting had been subjected to some wear and tear, and needed to be replaced to refresh the main entrance areas.
UK Facilities Solutions provides a comprehensive range of reactive maintenance and upgrade services to Royal Victoria Place. The facilities company, also based in Kent, specialises in working with the leisure and retail sector. It was tasked with sourcing suitable replacement entrance matting for the Shopping Centre and via the RIBA Product Selector, narrowed down the selection to COBA Flooring and specifically, the Premier range of entrance tiles. After some further research, a combination of interlocking Premier Grip Tiles and Premier Track Tiles, complete with the integration of a custom printed Logo Mat, was selected based on price, aesthetics, functionality and durability.
Two entrances, including Calverley Road and the main entrance area on Fiveways, have been revitalised following the installation of Premier entrance matting covering floor areas of 5m x 6m and 8m x 6m respectively. The installation in recessed matwells was straightforward and hassle-free, and carried out by UK Facilities Solutions.
By choosing a combination of Premier Tile products, an interlocking system, the entrances have been designed to get maximum benefit from scraping and wiping footwear, while looking very stylish and effectively promoting the Royal Victoria Place brand through the Logo Mat. On entering, shoppers initially walk over Premier Grip Tiles (100% PVC) which perform a dirt scraping action, and then onto Premier Track Tiles (a combination of PVC and carpet) which help to wipe any remaining moisture and residue from footwear. A bespoke Logo Mat featuring the Royal Victoria Place branding has been inlayed within the design. This has created two very smart entrance areas to the Shopping Centre. The Premier system is easy to clean and maintain too. Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre uses a rotating brush system with hot water extraction every month, which lifts the dirt out of the fibres of the matting and deep cleans the PVC element of it also.
“The new entrance matting has really refreshed both entrances to Royal Victoria Place, and we are very pleased with its appearance and performance. The logo effectively promotes our brand, and creates a positive first impression,” says Nick Connell, Operations Manager, Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre.
About Premier Entrance Tiles
The Premier range from COBA Flooring includes a collection of high quality PVC/carpet interlocking entrance tile systems. The tiles can be linked together to cover any sized floor area and either installed in a recessed matwell or laid to the floor surface with optional bevelled edging. They can also be easily cut to shape. The PVC base tile is manufactured from 100% recycled materials, and each tile measures 29cm x 44cm. Premier Track features a high quality nylon carpet insert available in blue, brown or grey while Premier Grip, a black scraper mat, is 100% PVC making it suitable for indoor and outdoor applications. The tiles are safe for use with high heels and suitable for wheeled trolleys. Custom printed solution-dyed nylon Logo Mats can be integrated within the Premier range through COBA’s rubber bonding process. There is a choice of up to six colours for logos or messages, from a standard palette of 40.
For further information about the Premier range and other entrance matting systems available from COBA Flooring, please call 0116 240 1161 or email our flooring team.