Gradus Opens New Chapter for Liverpool Library

Liverpool’s Central Library reopened in May following a two-year refurbishment project that saw the existing Brown Library and its extension demolished and a new five-story library built in its place.

Gradus’ 1300 and 1400 wall guards, and vertical surface mount corner guards, all in Dolphin (light grey) were installed in the back rooms of the library, as well as one of the main corridors.

The wall and corner guards were installed to protect the surfaces from damage caused by trolleys, which are used on a daily basis to transfer books around the new library. The wall protection systems also help to reduce maintenance costs by absorbing impact and deflecting moving trolleys in areas that are subject to heavier trolley and pedestrian traffic.

As part of the refurbishment, Gradus also supplied its Elite aluminium stair nosings to the impressive staircases that run throughout the centre of the new library, as well as Topguard entrance matting for the library’s new entrances.

Gradus’ Elite aluminium stair nosings were specified in order to minimise the risk of slips, trips and falls on the library’s many staircases. Fit-for-purpose stair nosings help to achieve an inclusive environment in line with the latest legislation and guidelines such as Approved Document M of The Building Regulations 2000 and BS8300:2009+A1:2010. They also help to significantly reduce the number of slips, trips and falls on staircases, for a range of commercial environments.

When specified correctly barrier matting can reduce the amount of dirt and moisture carried into a building by up to 90%, thus helping to reduce the risk of slip accidents that are caused by wet flooring, protect the appearance and prolong the lifecycle of adjacent floorcoverings and reduce cleaning and maintenance costs. Gradus’ Topguard primary barrier matting is suitable for the most demanding applications where the removal of harsher levels of dirt and moisture is required.

Susan Griffin, Facilities Manager for Liverpool Central Library, said: “Gradus’ wall protection systems not only complement the library’s interior, but are also durable enough to help reduce ongoing repair and maintenance costs. We are also incredibly pleased with the stair nosings and entrance matting from Gradus, as they are both ideal for heavy traffic areas and help to protect against slips and trips.”

Lynette Bowden, Product Manager for Gradus, added: “We are pleased to be involved with such a prestigious development as the £50m refurbishment of Liverpool Library. Thanks to our wealth of experience, we were able to supply products that are fit for purpose, which reduce maintenance costs and help prevent slip and trip accidents.”

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