Solid wood flooring - the perfect support for retractable seating


Plymstock School in Devon has a brand new performance space complete with a dance-ready sprung floor from Junckers and retractable seating. The impressive Arts Centre with a capacity of 400 seats opened in January 2022, a professional grade performance and audience space with the latest lighting, visual and sound technology.

Junckers Approved Contractor Hutchison Flooring installed Junckers solid beech flooring fitted over New Era sub floor levelling system. The floor supports a fully electronic seating bank which can transform the large open space into a theatre in a matter of seconds.

A hard-wearing and long-lasting choice, a Junckers floor is an investment that will outlast any other multi-purpose flooring surface. It can be sanded and re-finished eight to ten times during its life and with 12-year intervals between sandings, a typical lifespan of 60 years will comfortably be exceeded. Schools may take advantage of Junckers’ Approved Contractors maintenance scheme and 25-year warranty to ensure periodic inspections of the floor are made and a regular maintenance programme is in place, which will keep the floor in optimum condition throughout its life.

A solid wood floor from Junckers is durable enough to accommodate retractable seating, a facility that makes it possible to turn a school hall into a venue for hire. Hosting sporting and performance events and opening the hall to the wider community can become a useful source of income for schools. Junckers floors can be strengthened in a simple way to cope perfectly with very high seating loads, whilst leaving the sprung quality of the floor unaffected. A solid hardwood floor will not be marked or damaged by the wheels, and surface “tracking” or rucking commonly seen with synthetic surfaces, is non-existent with a Junckers floor.

In addition, a hardwood floor is one of the most environmentally friendly multi-activity floor surfaces there is – Junckers’ timber comes from managed forests with FSC® and PEFCTM chain of custody certification and are manufactured in a carbon neutral facility. Junckers has also completed EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) for its floors, a move towards simplifying specification for school buildings targeting a net zero carbon rating including BREEAM Excellent and Passivhaus. Junckers floors are A+ rated in the BRE Green Guide and have EMAS 111 and ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification. Junckers’ products have low (E1) formaldehyde emissions under EN 14342. At the end of their long lives, they can often be re-used and are very easy to recycle, in contrast to materials made from fossil fuels.