An anti-slip ceramic granite floor that is designed for passenger transport facilities such as London Underground stations, bus terminals, railway stations and other heavy traffic areas is being launched at Interbuild 2006.
The flooring, called Track, is from Lancashire-based Shackerley and is used in areas where public safety, longevity and ease of maintenance are the key specification criteria.
It will be one of many exciting product launches taking place when the UK's leading building event returns to the NEC next month.
Brian Newell, Shackerley Group chairman, said he was delighted to be taking the Track product to Interbuild 2006, because the exhibition offers the perfect opportunity to showcase the product's hard-wearing and non-slip properties to a wide range of specifiers responsible for some of the country's most important infrastructure development projects.
He explained: "Specifiers in the transport arena are seeking high performance, low maintenance flooring designed with safety in mind. Ceramic granite is the hardest flooring material available and our new tile has been further reinforced with corundum, second only in hardness to diamond. This further reinforces Track's durability but more importantly provides excellent dynamic co-efficient of friction values, in semi-exposed areas as well as enclosed concourses.
"By varying the corundum to ceramic granite ratio, Shackerley is able to offer the new floor finish with three different slip resistant surface textures to suit the location requirements."
Track is available in a 300 x 300 x 12mm tile format in a choice of six standard colours. The colour palette enables service providers to incorporate aesthetic design into their flooring schemes and provide the visual contrasts required under the Disability Discrimination Act to help the visually impaired navigate their way around premises.
Shackerley is also showcasing its Firegap matting product, which has also been designed to enhance passenger safety in public transport areas.
Brian explained: "The new fire resistant matting has been developed first and foremost with the needs of London Underground and other subterranean transit systems in mind but it is also being targeted at other areas where fire is a particular risk.
"Firegap is manufactured from special EPDM rubber cleaning strips inset within interlocking noise-absorbing aluminium profiles tensioned with stainless steel chord. The rubber has been successfully tested for compliance with stopping the surface spread of flame and with smoke emission tests."