Altro Ensemble™ modular luxury vinyl tiles have helped to create a chic, dynamic and modern space with a new approach to bingo within the new Opera Bingo Club in Barrow-in-Furness.

Architects and designers, Bignell Shacklady Ewing, developed the new space and the company’s Interior Designer, Emily East, headed up the project. She said: “The brief was to create an energetic space with a contemporary, fresh approach to bingo that would attract customers of all ages.

“Our client was keen to represent the local area within the scheme, so we used a variety of bespoke murals, wall graphics and photographic designs to represent Barrow-In-Furness in an innovative manner.

“We felt the wood effect Altro Ensemble flooring system would enhance that contemporary feel the client wanted to achieve, and give it a chic and ‘funky’ feel. For example, we used the flooring to create an area of herringbone pattern that was unique to the bar area, using the tiles to enhance the bar overall design.”

This area featured three shades of Altro Ensemble. “The colour options worked well in this format, complementing the other interior finishes,” said Emily. “The overall effect is a wonderfully rich and contrasting pattern that is beautiful to look at; adding a superb quality feel. It makes a fantastic first impression.”

Altro Ensemble was also specified for the club’s book sales counter and various corridors, laid in straight planks.

“The beauty of this flooring is that it’s ideal for design-led projects, offering huge flexibility to create unlimited patterns with stone and wood effect modular tiles. It’s also hard-wearing and very comfortable underfoot, so it’s ideal for busy spaces where there’s a lot of traffic. This project was a great opportunity for us to try Altro Ensemble and we are very pleased with the results.”

Award-winning Altro Ensemble is a modular flooring system that gives complete design freedom to create stunning floors for interior spaces. From colour blocking to geometric patterns, the possibilities are as endless as the imagination.

The flooring has up to 15dB sound reduction with added comfort underfoot, making it perfect for front of house areas in hotels, including foyers and receptions, restaurant and café dining areas, retail, offices and student accommodation – any environment where design is key. With 39 colours and four modular sizes, you can mix and match to create unique patterns using colour and design.

Daryl Davidson, Head of Operations & Finance for the Opera Bingo Club, says: “When Emily East presented the Altro Ensemble flooring to us we knew it was perfect for the modern, high quality look we wanted and it worked so well with the overall design.

“We wanted this to be a bit different to other bingo clubs, and this needed to come across in the way we presented ourselves. The herringbone floor pattern in front of the bar is so striking, it’s one of the first things you see when you enter the club. A real focal point that sets us apart. The other flooring areas look superb, too, high quality and very in keeping with our ‘look’.

“This is a very busy club, so we needed a surface that wasn’t just great looking, but hard wearing too. One that would stand the test of time. The Altro Ensemble is fitted in the club’s high traffic areas, and it will stay looking good for many years to come. It’s comfortable to walk on, too, very easy on the feet.

“The cleaning staff are delighted with how easy it is to maintain, they mop it every day and it comes up beautifully every time. I would certainly recommend the flooring to anyone who is looking for beautiful, chic, comfortable and practical.

“The feedback we have had from staff and customers has been fantastic. They love the new club and there is a wonderful buzz here. The design and feel we have created is a million miles away from the ‘traditional’ bingo club, and we are thrilled with it. We have four other bingo clubs and two cinemas in the group, and we would certainly consider using Altro Ensemble there too.”


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