Color, design and innovation are hallmarks of the Gerflor brand. They are also three of the key reasons that Melbourne Architect, Philip Templeton and the PTA team regularly choose Gerflor resilient commercial flooring.
“Invariably Gerflor has listened to discussions and suggestions that we have made, and clearly others have too, over the years and they have responded with colors and innovations. The Sparcleans and those sorts of products that Gerflor developed about eight years ago brought a whole new perspective to what could otherwise have been a pretty functional rather boring market before the Gerflor range,” Philip said.
“We got to a point some years back where we were using Gerflor products so much that we were looking for new colors and design options in commercial vinyl flooring. They brought out a whole new range which was great and we started the ball rolling again.” Philip said.
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“Gerflor has a wide range of products and we have found the company to be more than approachable in helping us to do the things that we want to do. If we need technical data and things like that, Gerflor delivers,” Philip said.
The importance of listening to clients’ needs is something Philip is keenly aware of. As sole Director of PTA Architecture for 20 years, Philip has helped clients to create their preferred place of residence or work across the residential, aged and health care, education and childcare sectors. He has worked with a raft of community organisations and local boards to deliver better outcomes for their clients.
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Gerflor’s mineral crystal Tarasafe, Nera Wood, and Taralay Impression Comfort are just a few of the products specified in recent times for projects including Mercy Aged Care in Warrnambool and Shepparton, Doutta Galla Aged Services in Melbourne’s west, Werribee hospital, Holy Rosary and Penleigh and Essendon Grammar Schools.
“In the aged care facilities we try to create a home like environment. In the case of hospitals, we’ve just finished a short stay unit in an emergency department at Werribee where it was about providing an environment that was a little bit more homely than the ED that was white and quite clinical. We just completed a renal dialysis unit where we used some of the Gerflor timber designs and some color to make the environment brighter and more enjoyable,” Philip said.
Bringing enjoyment to people’s lives is not a trite add on for Philip; rather an integral part of his professional calling.
“All architects who are designers would say that designing is the most important thing we do. Subliminally, the way we design impacts on people’s personality, character and wellbeing. It’s a very powerful thing. If you go to a good office or a pleasant fit out you will have a much happier time that if you go to some poorly designed workplace. It’s our job to design for your wellbeing,” Philip said.