Our heritage sector expertise
Every member of the commercial team is a wood floor expert with extensive knowledge of their sector and years of flooring experience to help with your project.
HERITAGE WOOD FLOORING
Conservation and restoration is at the heart of what we do. Ted Todd was founded on reclaiming and restoring old wood floors, giving gave us an unrivalled education as well as an unprecedented selection of reclaimed and antique wood flooring options.
Wood floors have been used in one form or another for thousands of years and the influences each had on the historical period, a vital resource when you are restoring a period property, as the floor is crucial to any building. Whether it’s complex parquetry or a simple floorboard there will be a wood floor suitable for your heritage project.
Our Heritage Projects
Ted Todd heritage flooring
Wood floors have been used in one form or another for thousands of years and the influences each had on the historical period, a vital resource when you are restoring a period property, as the floor is crucial to any building. Whether it’s complex parquetry or a simple floorboard there will be a heritage flooring for your project.
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.
Be it museum flooring or oak flooring for a classical home restoration, we have a solid or engineered floor that will fit your brief, regardless of tonal, special and foot traffic challenges.
What is heritage wood flooring?
Great Britain has a wonderful architectural heritage; one arguably unrivalled across the world and it is important that we conserve this heritage for the generations to come. The wooden floor is a crucial part of this heritage.
A heritage floor then can cover any format, species or colour, and entirely depends on the demands presented by the project. It could be that the original floor is past being restored and a new floor is required or be that at some point in history the original floors had been replaced and something strikingly similar to the original is sought after.
Extending and modernising period properties can also call for a fresh look at the floors, with the specifications of say, art gallery flooring, combining an original look with the installation of a modern underfloor heating.
Why do architects and designers choose Ted Todd wood floors?
Finding the correct floor for any project, yet alone one based around a heritage building, can be a true challenge. As such, interior designers love to work alongside our commercial team as we have an expert is every sector and field, ready to advise you on the best hardwood flooring options for any surface and room. We’re just a call away, so be sure to take advantage of this wealth of knowledge with our commercial team.
What wood flooring options are suitable for heritage projects?
We aren’t solely about reclaimed and antique timbers, as we strive to design and make new wood floors that have a traditional heritage feel too. They are made out of the same high quality raw materials that have been used for centuries and these floors will feel at home in a period property. Many of these floors are made from a quality of wood that is not easily available today; they host rich histories and are the perfect solution for restoring a period property.
Our Aged floors, for example, are also an ideal option for heritage flooring. The timber used has been seasoned for at least two years and during this time the tensions are released; natural undulations develop throughout the wood, knots harden and the tone mellows. After scrubbing and polishing this material you craft a floor that is rich in natural features and texture. We have learned everything we know from old wood floors, this is baked into our DNA, so you can rest assured that our heritage and the heritage of old wood floors are one and the same.
What kind or heritage sites benefit from real wood floors?
Whether you’re restoring a cathedral flooring or renovating a modern art museum we have a wood floor to fit your solution.
Many of our floors feature a thick 4-6mm wear layer meaning they stand the test of time, are easy to clean thanks to a hand-applied oil or lacquered finish and ultimately, they host stunning beauty, with a range of grades and colours available across a range of collections. If you’re looking for something in particular, be sure to filter our floors and check the specification sheets before ordering your free samples.
How to order Ted Todd commercial flooring
The best place to start with Ted Todd is either by order three free samples of your most desired floors, or by making an enquiry with one of our industry experts – we have a specific consultant in every field, and they’ve seen it all, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with them!