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The Design Team at Tienda are very forward thinking and always want to be one step ahead of the competition when daring to use innovative new products that will revolutionise the construction industry. Tienda, were looking for inspiration in the early stages of the Marketing Suites Projects. Rachel Ladd, who was leading this project for the design team asked us to provide a “Wow Factor” from our industry. Our supplier Cotto D’ Este, changed the direction of the Tile Industry introducing a Porcelain tile 3mm in thickness, that could be fixed to both walls and floors. The tile ranged in size from 1mx400mm to 3mx1m.
Our Managing Director, Duane McEwan has enjoyed a very close working relationship with Tienda for over 10 years working upon projects such as Pret A Manger, High End Residential Developments through to the Marketing Suites in SE8. Many other manufactures have tried to imitate this wall and floor tile fabrication for walls & floors, but have failed to achieve the unique 1500psi compression the KERALITE system provides. Many of our clients when we presented Porcelain Floor Tiles asked us if we could apply them to the wall. The answer was yes but weight bearing capacities of 32Kg per m2 needed to be taken into consideration.
This was the first time a monogamous look could be used and it was not necessary up lift existing floor tiles. Tienda, being dynamic company, applied the floor tiles to levelled substrates and using their expertise to fix tiles in a faster efficient method. The KERALITE system could also be cut using a glass cutter again saving time on site. As a result the client was highly impressed with the creativity by Tienda and combining the conceptual ideas of their suppliers into one exiting project with many different aspects to the programme.
Tienda’s success was enjoyed by all that the client asked them to create more marketing suites, which we all benefit from by more materials required on site. The challenge then for us was to make sure that we got products loaded and shipped, just as the logistics companies were downsizing the amount of vehicles they had on the road in peak holiday season. We were delighted that with the careful planning and all communication channels were open at all times with Tienda and ourselves ensured that the project ran very smoothly and to budget.
To conclude: Verde were delighted that innovative products can function in practice as well as theoretically. Tienda enhanced their reputation as a company that can deliver their vision in both Design & on Site Installation.
Barratt have the tool to drive forward as an organisation with a new environment and a desire to adopt new contemporary construction methods, establishing the group at the fore front in their sector.
Rachael Ladd of Tienda was very impressed by how Verde approached the project with their solutions. “We invited various hard surface floor suppliers to come up with a concept that would provide the WOW FACTOR for us to drive our presentation forward. Verde supplied countless samples and visuals to inspire us to take the bold steps of convincing the client, that we again had the solutions that our competition had not thought of.” Rachael added “ The 1mx1mx3mm tiles gave us large format we as designers love to utilise, but at the same time our installation team were delighted with reduction in weight of the tile that was more tolerable to transport around site and much faster to install.”
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