KBAC Flooring’s Western Cape operations, Albert Carpets, supplied and installed the flooring for the new Century City Conference Centre (CCCC) and Hotel which opened in Cape Town recently.
Shirley Milne, Architectural Consultant at Albert Carpets, who secured the flooring contract, says KBAC supplied mainly Interface carpet tiles for the new prestigious conference facility. KBAC is the sole South African distributor of Interface, the world’s largest modular flooring producer and environmental pioneer in its field.
Shirley says Interface flooring is extensively used in South Africa in a wide variety of design specifications, particularly where maximum sustainability is a key factor – as it was in the design of both the Conference Centre’s interior designers, Source Interior Brand Architecture; and the building’s architects, Vivid Architects.
“For the 3800m2 of carpet tiles required for the Conference Centre, KBAC supplied two Interface ranges: Composure and Net Effect One. Composure is a random carpet tile that creates a tranquil, comfortable platform and Net Effect One is an exceptionally sustainable Interface range, containing both pre- and post-consumer recycled content, resulting in a 100% recycled top cloth,” she explains.
For the new 125-room hotel serving the Century City Conference Centre, KBAC Flooring supplied a variety of products, including about 1 000m2 Crossley Axminster for the passages, with Belgotex Westminster and a wood-look vinyl flooring in the hotel bedrooms. KBAC Flooring handled both the business and hospitality installations with team supervision by Senior Contracts Manager, Ralton Titus, and Contract Manager, Glen Knipe. The interior designers for the hotel were Origin Interiors.
Mardre Meyer, Creative Director of Source IBA, says the designers specified Interface Net Effect One and Composure ranges for the flooring of the Century City Conference Centre for a variety of reasons, notably the fact that the carpet tiles would create the desired aesthetic effect, and also because the product came “with all the required durability and environmental credentials”.
Mardre adds: “Specifying a product range as broad as Interface allowed us to balance the overall budget by using different specifications throughout the space without compromising our central aesthetic motivation.
“Source IBA recommended that KBAC should handle the installation as the company’s specialist team had the knowledge, experience and precision to handle this intricate installation. We specified a customised pattern, using purpose-cut carpet tiles. As the pattern had no repeat graphic, each tile had to be laid in a unique sequence which made for a very challenging installation. The KBAC team executed this perfectly.”
The new conference centre can accommodate 1 900 delegates in 20 venues, including 12 meeting rooms, breakaway areas, as well as a luxurious Business Lounge. It is situated around a new public square as part of a R1-billion mixed use development in the Rabie Property Group’s Century City Bridgeways precinct. Murray & Roberts were the main contractors for the Century City Conference Centre and Hotel.