Middlesbrough College is the largest college in Teesside. The main college building has won numerous design awards as a landmark project in the regeneration of the area.

GM Contracts was hired as the flooring contractor. This project involved fitting 900 metres of stair nosing, which needed to be durable and reliable, in order to deal with the large amount of foot traffic throughout the campus. The design would also need to fit with the modern architectural style of the college.

The stair nosings had to incorporate slip resistant material to help  minimise the possibility of trips and falls. This also meant they needed to fit closely to the gauge of the floorcovering, while contrasting in colour to ensure the step edges were clearly defined.

The Approach

GM Contracts contacted Quantum Flooring, and Q-Range DUO was chosen as the stair nosing for the project. This profile is ideal for specification, as it follows the guidelines in BS8300:2:2018, The Equality Act, and Parts M and K of Building Regulations.

Q-Range DUO measures 55 by 55mm on the tread and riser, which is regarded as best practice for stair nosings. It offers a solid colour over both surfaces, making the step edge highly visible. This is very important in an educational building, where students with impaired vision must be encouraged that they can move freely through their environment.

The Outcome

The stair nosings were fitted with Q-Fix adhesive. This fully bonds stair nosings to most step surfaces, with no need for screws and plugs.

The Q-Range DUO stair nosings look great in Middlesbrough College. They are a specifiers dream, as they adhere to all safety guidelines. Thanks to Quantum and GM Contracts, Middlesbrough College students can navigate the stairways on their campus with confidence.


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