Specifying checklist

When you specify for education, these are the kind of things to consider;

Flooring

  • Skirting type
  • Drainage / existing substrate
  • Inspection covers/manholes
  • Expected regularity of furniture movement
  • Activities in areas (eg wet, dry play, multi-purpose, sports, assemblies)
  • Intensity of traffic
  • Heaviness of footfall
  • Shoed or barefoot traffic
  • Acoustics
  • Proposed cleaning and disinfection regime
  • Ground floor or upper floor location
  • Spillages of food
  • Potential for tracked-in dirt
  • Barrier matting
  • Colour coding requirement
  • Contrasting colours required for inclusive design
  • Inclusive design requirement
  • Time available for installation

Walling

  • Existing substrate / wall finish
  • Extra impact-resistance required
  • Pipes, vents, ducts, wall furniture, window and door frames
  • Colour / colour contrast finish requirement
  • Hygiene requirement
  • Proposed cleaning and disinfection regime
  • Time available for installation
  • Coved skirting to avoid tight corners for hygiene and easy cleaning

Ceilings and doors

  • Vision panels in doors
  • Need for colour contrast on doors and frames or walls and ceilings
  • Natural, direct or surface fixed lighting
  • Ceiling access
  • Cleaning regime
  • Time available for installation