Nellakir works with Schools in maintaining High Grade Sprung Timber Sports Flooring

We reprint here in full an article from School News, a national magazine distributed to all primary and secondary schools Australia wide. it features an interview with Nellakir Managing Director Rick Allen on both the Construction of Sprung Timber Sports Flooring for indoor school stadiums as well as some useful tips on the ongoing maintenance of Timber Sports Flooring to ensure its optimum performance for years to come.

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Sprung Timber Sports Floors for Sustained Performance

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State Netball and Hockey Centre with Sprung Timber Sports Flooring by Nellakir

In term four it’s time to regenerate sports fields and empty your school pool for cleaning (if you have one). This is the period for any large scale maintenance to occur, while the clatter of not so tiny feet is heard elsewhere, and the school is quiet.

Multi-purpose sports halls take some punishing traffic throughout the school year and require constant attention. The life expectancy of sports surfaces ranges from 15 to more than 50 years, with various options available to suit a multiplicity of sports. Each substance requires a material-specific maintenance and replacement regime – and all will underperform if this is not adequately managed.

Sharing the mantle with Christmas and New Year, summer holidays in Australia can be a difficult time to get things done; thinking ahead is imperative. School News consulted Rick Allen from Nellakir, for the lowdown on a maintenance schedule for existing sprung timber floors, and what’s involved with installing new timber flooring for your sporting facility.

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Industry View

Mr Allen says indoor sprung timber flooring is gaining popularity, and that government subsidies have mitigated the drain on the budget, making it well worth a look. “In Victoria, for example, the Private Partnership Project (PPP) has facilitated the construction of new sprung timber sports floors at government schools across regional and Metropolitan Melbourne.”

He says the Victorian government has undertaken to co-fund facilities at primary schools that will be available to local sporting competitions outside school hours. “The rationale behind the PPP is to fully embed the school in local community and neighbourhood life.”

“Nellakir has constructed sprung timber floors for eight of these new PPP sports facilities since the PPP began in 2016, and the the courts are used by the schools as well as for the broader local community.”

“Sprung timber sports floors are shaping up as the top pick for government initiatives, and the trend is extending to other states,” he said. “The Victorian government has commissioned the construction of the state’s first ‘vertical’ school in Ferrars St, South Melbourne. Nellakir is providing a multipurpose, sprung timber sports floor for the school – with a full size indoor court suitable for basketball, netball, volleyball, gymnastics, and for school assemblies.”

Mr Allen says the reason for the shift towards sprung timber is its high level of resilience, durability and sustained performance. “Its long life expectancy is an attractive prospect, especially when dealing with a provider that can offer schools a life-time maintenance service.”

“While installing sprung timber flooring ensures students are playing on surfaces primed for premium sports competition, these school gyms do draw a crowd. With local basketball, netball and volleyball competitions using the facilities, they sustain heavy traffic, which makes for real wear and tear.”

“Timber is a ‘living’ material,” he continued. “It requires regular treatment, to ensure it maintains bounce and surface regularity.”

“The surface of the court has a specialist coating of oil modified urethane that enables the glide, the speed, and reliability players depend upon in all levels of competition. On busy court surfaces, re-application should occur annually.” Mr Allen says superficial maintenance requirements should be minimal: “Line markings should only be required at re-sand, except in cases where regular maintenance has not occurred.”

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Maintenance Schedule

Sprung timber floors require a simple re-coating every 12 months to maintain the high level of surface quality and slip resistance – while a complete re-sanding should occur every seven to 12 years. The annual re-coating replenishes the floor, according to Mr Allen, though regular examination of the surface is advised. “Sport finishes are designed for grip, and the time it takes to wear will also depend on the extent and frequency of use.”

“Re-coating maintains the grip required from the floor for elite sports action, maintains essential safety features especially important for schools – and lastly, it maintains the aesthetic appeal.”

“With wear and tear and the build-up of finishes (coatings), re-sanding brings sports flooring back to the original brand-new state,” he explained.

The process involves a total sanding back of the floor. The surface then requires reapplication of the finish and protective coatings that give sprung timber sports floors that sleek, polished appearance.

Long-range upkeep, will eventually involve removal and replacement. “After a specified period of time, which will depend on usage, upkeep, and wear and tear, sports flooring will need replacing,” Mr Allen advised.

In the ‘cosmetic repair’ category, line markings may need to be refreshed. A variation in line markings may also be required, when new sports are embraced by the school community.

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Stadium seating

Specific seating designed to sit safely atop the gloss finish of the sprung timber flooring is also recommended. To guard against slip-related accidents, as well as damage to the flooring from abrasive materials, seating can be sourced from timber floor providers.

“Regular safety assessments of flooring and seating should be conducted by your provider,” Mr Allen noted. “From a public liability perspective, this process is highly recommended.”

Receiving monitoring and maintenance on both flooring and seating from the original installer means “all repairs to stadium seating are based on original specifications, ensuring required integrity and functionality”. Mr Allen says sprung timber sports floors have gained the confidence of schools; sporting clubs and associations, and governments, due to their versatility, long product life, and aesthetic appeal. He said, “if an experienced supplier with a comprehensive service package is involved, the installation takes the skinned knees out of netball and the headaches out of maintenance for years to come”.

Source: School News

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Nellakir – Setting the Standard in Sprung Timber Flooring

At Nellakir, the team are becoming increasingly busy with new projects. The Victorian State Government has funded a number of new Multipurpose Sports Courts in both new and existing schools as well as areas designated for Performing Arts, Assembly and multi-purpose usage. The flooring selected is sprung timber and sprung timber sports flooring, with Nellakir selected to construct and provide finishing on these specialist floorings.

The Beaumaris Secondary College is a new school in a well established area. It is a project currently funded to $26.8 million. Construction commenced in early 2017. The school will provide state of the art facilities for 650 year 7 to 12 students.

“The project will revitalise a rundown site to create facilities and an outdoor environment that can be enjoyed by everyone for generations to come.”

It will provide community facilities to be utilised by the broader community for both sporting and other pursuits. Listed among the facilities to be provided is an ‘Indoor Competitive Grade Netball/Basketball Court’. Nellakir have been selected to construct this court, ready for school commencement in Term 1, 2018. The Court will also be used for performing arts and gym activities. Work by Nellakir will commence at the end of September.

Phoenix P12 Community College in Ballarat is another Government School receiving an upgrade in facilities. A multi purpose area, for gym activities and a theatre for performing arts featuring a full stage will be constructed this year with the sprung timber flooring from Nellakir a major component.

Whitefriars College is an independent College for Boys located in Donvale in metropolitan Melbourne. Nellakir are providing sprung timber flooring for a Lecture Area and function space which doubles as a circulation classroom. Work will commence later in the year in December.

Viewbank College is another Victorian School currently undergoing a modernisation program sponsored by the Victorian School Building Authority. Part of this project involves the construction of a two storey performing arts centre incorporating a theatre as well as music and drama teaching facilities. Nellakir have been contracted to provide the flooring in the uniquely designed special purpose areas as part of this exciting project.

In Braybrook, at the Caroline Chisolm Catholic College, the new Madeline Centre for the Performing Arts is under construction. Nellakir have been selected to construct sprung timber flooring for the new facility.

And finally, the team will also be engaging in the demolition and renewal of the Sports Flooring at the Rowville Community Centre in the near future. A similar task is to be undertaken at Geelong East Primary School where a water damaged floor will be demolished and re-installed as soon as possible.

For the very best in Sprung Timber Flooring, whether Sports Flooring or for Performance Art, or simply for everyday educational purposes, Nellakir are the professional choice and as shown, the first choice by quality builders and architects alike. For your next project call Nellakir on (03) 9467 6126 to ensure you engage the best. Or contact us here through our website for a prompt response.

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