Blackfriars Circus, London

InstaCradle rubber crumb sports cradles

blackfriars gym

Blackfriars Road
United Kingdom

Fitness flooring needed to be installed at Blackfriars Circus, a prestigious new development by Barratt Homes in the London Borough of Southwark. The development consists of 336 studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments together with more than 40,000 sq. ft. of employment and retail space in five buildings, including the 27-storey high Conquest Tower.

In the basement, for the use of residents, is a fully equipped 300sqm gymnasium that includes a high performance BOK floor system incorporating a sprung InstaCradle undercarriage. It was specified, supplied and installed by leading fitness flooring company, Sports & Fitness Flooring of Monmouth.

The company has developed high performance floors for fitness studios and gyms that solve the acoustic issues associated with these facilities. They provide robust floor structures that can cope with the loadings of fitness equipment as well as the impact from free weights.

Our environmentally friendly InstaCradles, manufactured from recycled rubber crumb and with a 60 year guarantee, provided the necessary acoustic performance and stable platform for this demanding project. Our versatile cradle system could be adjusted accurately to ensure a level floor at the required height. This overcame uneven areas in the sub-floor, and avoided the need for messy levelling screeds. The battens were overlaid with 2 x 18mm layers of Knauf gypsum fibre boards (1200mm x 600mm) and finished with vinyl tiles.

The BOK floor system enabled all services to be conveniently installed in the void and created high performance durable fitness flooring.

The floor system effectively isolated gym impact and exercise equipment vibration, preventing low frequency noise from entering the main building structure.

Products used:

InstaCradle rubber crumb sports cradles
300m2 (3,230 sq.ft.)

Barratt Homes

Floor finish:
Two layers of Knauf gypsum fibre board overlaid with vinyl tiles

Flooring contractor:
Sports & Fitness Flooring Monmouth

Product Benefits:

  • Excellent low frequency acoustic performance
  • System provides a void for underfloor services
  • Durable, long lasting, no maintenance
  • Made from environmentally friendly recycled
    rubber crumb
  • Suitable for uneven sub-floor constructions
  • On-site levelling capabilities and floor height
  • Undercarriage cradles guaranteed for 60 years