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Kaiapoi Library - Christchurch

Installation: Kaiapoi Library - CHCH

Specifier: Athfields

Installer: John Cooper Flooring

Product: Alliteration custom, Palindrome & Monochrome

Libraries have become the centre of communities bringing the digital and written worlds together. No longer are they a place to take and return books to. Now they incorporate cafes, after school and holiday programmes, provide citizens advice and ensure all people have access to the internet. They are the knowledge HUB in every community now.

Kaiapoi is a rapidly expanding community with a huge influx of families driven here due to the CHCH earthquakes. The library is a key tool to help create this new community and ensure all have access to the latest information.

Kaiapoi library needed to make a statement around continuity, strength, community and being a place of welcome. The floor needed to provide substantiation around this statement. Plus the carpet needed to perform longer and be stronger (more foot traffic), provide acoustic dampening and yet look great, look welcoming, modern, beautiful.


Athfields called in INZIDE – suppliers of Interface carpet tile in NZ for their advice when looking to specify the flooring at Kaiapoi. Afterall, Interface is the global leader when it comes to Carpet Tile as shown by these key credentials;

  1. World class tufting technology that incorporates an anti-microbial both within the adhesive and tufted layer of the carpet tile
  2. 15 year true performance warranties – includes castor chairs
  3. Patented random designed carpet tile making facility management oh so easy
  4. It always looks great and Interface always has an answer for every discerning specifier.
  5. And hard to believe but the carpet tiles used here consist of 100% recycled yarn from old thrown away fishing nets, 50% recycled backing and most importantly are 100% recyclable from new Zealand, as accredited by the Ministry for the Environment.

Pretty easy to specify for an exacting project like Kaiapoi library. And what a result. Beautiful, strong, welcoming. Nailed the brief!!

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