To create an exciting attraction which broadened visitors' knowledge of space and astronomy provided a unique design challenge
Leicester's recently-opened National Space Centre is a Millennium Landmark Project dedicated to space science and astronomy. As a major UK visitor attraction, it combines hands-on interactive exhibits with huge rockets and satellites, space capsules, a planetarium and theatre.
It was obviously important to create an exciting environment that also helped to broaden visitors' knowledge of space. To achieve this, interpretative designers Haley Sharpe utilised their vast experience of providing interior design solutions and specialist services such as audio-visual and interactive displays to create different 'moods' throughout the Centre.
The most significant design tool used to support this effect was a range of products from Amtico flooring. Haley Sharpe Project Manager, Ron Watson, was effusive in his comments:
"The use of contrasting colours and textures complemented the lighting and colour schemes perfectly," he said. "Our previous experience of Amtico told us it would be ideal in such a busy environment - yes, because it's durable, but also because it will stay looking good for light years to come!"