When we worked on the restoration of Astley Castle (RIBA Stirling Prize Winner 2013), it was an engineered wood floor was required as they opted for underfloor heating . This didn’t mean that the only option was for a new looking floor. For this project we made a traditional wide plank floor. They were lightly bleached them to give it a slight contemporary feel. Astley Castle was a resounding success as it transformed an ancient ruin into a property that feels exciting and relevant today.
The Whitworth Gallery (shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2015) in Manchester is another great example of a Heritage building that took a modern approach to its floors. The original building was steeped in high Victorian Architecture, however the vast extension took a modern approach and this was also reflected in the choice of floors. The original parquet herringbone transitioned into sleek & minimal Oak planks that ran seamlessly through the new gallery spaces. There was a small nod to tradition as the wide plank floors were solid.