Castle Hill Hospital

Castle Hill Hospital

Renovation of Wards 18 and 19 at Castle Hill Hospital

An eventful and interesting installation at Castle Hill Hospital in Hull. Over a three-week period, S&D Flooring was tasked to supply and install over 1,500 square metres of a variety of luxury carpet tiles and luxury vinyl tiles and sheet vinyl across Wards 18 and 19 on behalf of Ark Interiors – part of the Strata Group.

Ark Interiors and S&D Flooring have a long standing and successful working relationship. It was an easy decision to engage the S&D team when we needed a forward thinking, flooring contractor who could bring our designs to life for the NHS Castle Hill project. Well done to all at S&D for completing our challenging flooring concept on schedule. – Gary Finch, Business Manager for Ark Interiors.

Castle Hill

Recreating the freshness of spring

Part of the project brief was to install a design that would help create a clean, open, and fresh atmosphere that reflects a modern and motivating working environment. This is reflected with a neutral colour palette with hints of warms bright colours. One of the many bold features that S&D Flooring installed was a series of warm green carpet Desso Fusion Rock tiles that run through the informal and formal working areas. Adding to this, a contrasting neutral grey Expona Design Roman Limestone Vinyl creates an obvious and visually pleasing walkway that threads through the ward; informally separating other zones.

Castle Hill

All we had to do was follow the pattern!

With its many straight lines, block zones and limited curved shapes, installing the products was a relatively straight-forward task, after all, all the S&D Flooring Boys in Blue had to do was follow the pattern. However, during the subfloor preparation, a few issues arose that required some creative thinking for our team of highly skilled floor layers.

When we first attended the site it was apparent that the ward was split up into several areas with different flooring, materials, sub-floor heights and levels. So the first task was to remove all previous flooring materials, screeds and renovation materials to reveal the base. We then used an external contractor to bring the sub-floor to its original state.

Once this was done a moisture test revealed a high reading which meant a DPM was needed to be installed.  We also needed to level the subfloor to receive our floor finishes. To achieve this we installed a sandwich of Ardex NA, Ardex DPM1C and another coat of Ardex NA. Not only did this bring the subfloor to a clean smooth working surface but also eliminated the potential for future problems such as rising moisture.

Castle Hill

Products Used

Unsure about what flooring you want for your home? Read what our online community recommends!

Unsure about what flooring you want for your home? Read what our online community recommends!

Each month we have numerous domestic clients ringing up our sales and help team enquiring about a new floor for a room in their home. Quite often, we have potential clients who are unsure about what type of flooring and design would be best fit for them and their home. Fortunately, our dedicated team will always go the extra mile to help our domestic clients choose a floor that is practical and suitable for their needs.

However, as majority of domestic clients look online for helping them select a new floor for their home, S&D Flooring thought it would be a good idea for our online community to share their thoughts and opinions of which type of flooring is best for their home and why?

So, we asked our community if you could choose a new floor for your home, what would it be and why? This was the result!

What flooring: Mark Twitter

Mark Wrightson on Twitter recommends Moduleo Design Flooring because it is spot on and quick to install. It is also durable and is great choice because of its modern styles. Plus, it is easy to clean and maintain. 

What Flooring: Stephen Kemp Twitter

Whereas Stephen Kemp, a regional manager for Tarkett, suggests Tarkett’s latest STARFLOOR CLICK 30 range at This Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) range is so retro it is futuristic with a wide range of contemporary designs to suit a range of domestic interiors.

Each floor from the Starfloor Click 30 range is equipped with Extreme Protection surface treatment for extra durability and resistance to scuffs, scratches and stains. 

Alternatively, some of our dedicated Facebook followers suggest:

What flooring: Zoe-Facebook

Zoe Nicholson recommends Karndean Design Flooring for their home because it has a gorgeous finish. 

What flooring: Kay-Facebook

Kay Chamberlain recommends industrial carpet tiles for her home as nothing else would cope with her active family and friends. Fortunately S&D Flooring have a solution for Kay. We have a wide range of durable and easy to maintain carpets that are suitable for any home, so there’s no need for industrial carpets.

 And what is even better!

what flooring: Bette-Facebook

Bette Dale on Facebook posts, that a new floor for your home should be laid by S&D Flooring because they are the best!  And we agree with you Bette !!!

So what?

From our online social survey, we have a range of responses that recommends a wide selection of different LVT flooring from leading brands such as Karndean and Tarkett because of their durability, easy maintenance and appearance.  Of course S&D Flooring can not say one brand of flooring is suitable for everyone as each home will have different needs. So that’s why all potential domestic clients who ring S&D Flooring on (01482) 839801 will receive a high quality consultation that aims to answer all of your queries.

 Let’s keep the conversation going!

If you have recently had a new floor installed in your home, we would love to know why you chose it and whether you would recommend it to our online community? Please add your comments below.



In July 2015, The Contract Flooring Association and the Contract Flooring Journal awarded S&D Flooring with the prestigious installation of the year award for the Whitby Court Care Home, N. Yorkshire. The Contract Flooring Association (CFA) consists of contractors and consultants that specialise in the installation of all floor finishes. Whereas the Contract Flooring Journal (CFJ) is recognised as giving authoritative coverage of the flooring industry. Plus provides essential business information, insider comments, expert analysis and lively debates.

Whitby Court provides person-centred care in a tranquil environment using Karndean Design Flooring

The new flooring at Whitby Court care home in North Yorkshire was installed by S&D Flooring using flooring supplied by Karndean Design flooring as specified by the Fisher Partnership. In short, the work consisted of the design and installation of 2000sq metres over two floors with various themed rooms. The care home wanted a floor that will withstand high traffic in areas, be easy to maintain, hygienic and importantly looks warm and inviting for the residents.

Whitby Court Care Home Project

For the most part,  the brief was to create a themed room of ‘At the Seaside’. Karndean Designflooring’s Michelangelo MS2 Navarra Chalk was used to create the look of pebbles. Whereas Karndean Van Gogh planks were used to resemble a jetty. In addition, a bespoke design was also required in the corridor outside the lounge. Planks were cut to create a circle at the ‘crossroads’ from the corridors facing towards the corridors.

S&D Flooring installers had a tight deadline to meet the client’s handover date. The conditions during the installation were difficult. Cold temperatures and specialist care and expertise was required during the installation of the Luxury Vinyl Tiles to prevent distortion. Overall an excellent finish was achieved from S&D Flooring, whilst delivering on time and on budget.

S&D Flooring awarded CFJ 2015 Installation of the Year

Managing Director Steve Dixon and Contracts Manager Mark Power attended a annual CFJ and CFA celebrations event in London to receive their award.

2017 January Update

2017 January Update

Happy New Year to all!

We hope everyone enjoyed the festive period, we certainly did! S&D Flooring’s Boys in Blue are now back in the office and on the road, ready for a jam packed 2017 filled with high end commercial and domestic flooring projects across the UK.

This year promises big things for the city of Hull and we are very excited by the prospects that come with the 2017 UK City of Culture title. There is so much going on throughout the city during the year, along with several tourist attractions and venues across the city applying their finishing touches to ensure this year is going to be the best.

In order to take full advantage of this year we have an elite team of highly trained and well-recommended professional floor layers installing bespoke flooring designs within the heart of the city.

As one of the Hull’s leading commercial contract flooring companies, we take pride in offering professional supply and installation services nationwide, specialising in luxury vinyl’s and carpets, all at a very competitive price!

Reduce, Reuse, Recofloor

Reduce, Reuse, Recofloor

Hey Recofloor! We’ve doubled the amount of recycled waste vinyl flooring.

For those who are familiar with our website and our ways of working will know that we have talked about Recofloor and its Take back scheme on several occasions. One example is in March, where managing director Steve Dixon and contract manager Mark Power were invited to Recofloor’s 2016 awards ceremony hosted by Matt le Tissier at the Old Trafford, where S&D Flooring was awarded Bronze and Best Newcomer of 2016.

Nevertheless, half way through the year, we are pleased to announce that S&D Flooring has doubled the amount of waste vinyl we have recycled last year and exceeded this year’s targets of recycling 5 tonnes –  now that is an achievement to be proud of! Between January and July 2016, we have recycled a total of 5.92 tonnes of waste vinyl-based flooring products – 0.75 tonnes of which was recycled in July alone.

Fortunately on Wednesday 20th July the S&D Flooring team was thrilled to take part in a Photoshoot opportunity on behalf of Recofloor to demonstrate the successes and benefits of using the Recofloor scheme.

Despite the extremely hot weather, Managing Director, Steve Dixon was thrilled to show and demonstrate the company’s efforts to reducing our environmental impact and how we integrate Recofloor into our day-to-day activities.

S&D Flooring Office Team showing their achievements

Who are Recofloor and why we work with them?

S&D Flooring aim to become one of the greenest flooring contractors in East Yorkshire by ensuring that we constantly recycle our waste vinyl based products.

For those who are unfamiliar or new to our website, Recofloor, which was founded in 2009, is a national vinyl take-back scheme aimed at the commercial flooring industry by notable flooring manufacturers Altro and Polyflor. Recofloor enables contractors, construction sites and distributors alike the opportunity to recycle its off-cuts and roll-ends of:

–   Clean, smooth vinyl flooring;
–   Clean safety vinyl flooring;
–   Luxury vinyl flooring tiles (LVT) and,
–   Uplifted and clean loose lay.

The vinyl based flooring off-cuts and uplifted vinyl is placed in clearly labelled bulk bags that can be dropped off at any participating flooring distributors – over 60 are currently located in the UK and Ireland – or for a small fee, Recofloor itself can collect your waste vinyl when you have two or more bags full.

The Recofloor Take Back scheme offers construction companies the opportunity to reduce the cost of waste. It is far more economical for organisations to take advantage of the Recofloor scheme as the cost of sending your waste vinyl to recycling plants is significantly cheaper than disposing of waste at your local landfill site. Not to mention it is far more sustainable and environmentally friendly!

Whereas, smooth and safety vinyl flooring off-cuts are recycled into new flooring products by Altro and Polyflor, whereas smooth uplifted flooring is reprocessed into traffic management products, such as cones and sign bases.

From Humble Beginnings comes great Success

From Humble Beginnings comes great Success

From Humble Beginnings, A non-corporate introduction to S&D Flooring – home to the Boys in Blue.

I don’t know about you, but it is very rare for an individual, let alone a prospective client to read through every single page of a corporate website to find out whether that company’s services are right for you. Or whether you just want to find out about a bit of background information, especially, if you are looking and comparing several potential organisations – like us S&D Flooring Ltd.

Common trends in the way we use the web to research, have led me to write this blog post to sum up our company, S&D Flooring, in an quick, informative and a easy to comprehend way that you wouldn’t necessarily see in traditional corporate website and supporting documentation. As there are only so many times one can read ‘we aim to do this’ and ‘we deliver outstanding results’ before we, as consumers start to switch off.

S&D Flooring originally started out with just a van that was travelling up and down the streets of Hull installing beautiful Karndean Design Flooring to domestic properties.  Although not quite Sir Alan Sugar and the evolution of his technology based empire Amstrad, company founders Steve and Dean took the streets of Hull and the surrounding areas in the spring of 2008, delivering a service that they have known for years.

Several years down the line, S&D Flooring started to make substantial profits, despite the economic decline, and subsequently expanded its fleet with new stylish vans and a dedicated team of passionate floor layers. Without word-of-mouth, positive reviews and recommendation from previous clients, I don’t think S&D Flooring would be what it is today! A few years after starting S&D, company founder Dean sold his shares to Steve in 2011 as he began to pursue other ventures.

As our reputation grew, we began to expand our services to accommodate commercial contract flooring. Working for local contractors such Chameleon Business interiors, Eco Modular Buildings and Servaccomm, installing a whole host of commercial flooring products, our name and brand was beginning to be seen all across the country.

As an independent Yorkshire based organisation, we are privileged to have been awarded commercial contracts in all major cities across the country – it’s a good job our Boys in Blue love to travel and sightsee whilst carrying out their work.

Nevertheless, S&D Flooring still pays homage to its humble beginnings and undertakes several domestic projects throughout the year, after all, a job is a job and where not necessarily going to turn an opportunity away. However, as S&D Flooring continues to grow the company is and wants to predominately be associated with commercial contract flooring.

Buying the perfect home for our team.

In September 2015, it was official that S&D Flooring’s director Steve Dixon, had bought a permanent home for S&D Flooring Ltd. Having been located at Sutton House on Helsinki Road for over 6 years, it seemed only natural to buy the building and customise it to meet our needs.

As the Boys in Blue where covering that nation with high performing and durable flooring, Steve and our latest Apprentice Dom started making some cosmetic changes to the warehouse.  It’s was an exciting time for the company and Steve in particular, has fantastic ideas of what we could do with the space and how we could encourage and train the next generation of floor layers.

Despite all the loud banning and all the other heavy duty sounds that go along with it, the S&D team welcomed a brand new canteen area, conference suite, training rooms and storage areas, all on an amended mezzanine that overlooked the busy warehouse.

Fancy the Grand tour? watch the video below.

S&D Wins Bronze at Recofloor Awards 2016

S&D Wins Bronze at Recofloor Awards 2016

Thursday 3rd March 2016 was a special day for the Boys in Blue.  Managing Director, Steve Dixon, and Contract Manager, Mark Power, attended Recofloor’s annual awards event at the Old Trafford, Manchester.

Hosted, this year, by former Southampton and England footballer Matt Le Tissier. Flooring contractors, distributors and construction companies who attended the Annual Recofloor celebrations event were welcomed to a hot buffet lunch before the celebrations begun.

Recofloor Awards 1 2016


During the event, speeches were given by Richard Catt from the Contract Flooring Association – updating Recofloor members on CFA activities – and Ian James, president of the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers (NICF) prior to the awards being presented.

To our surprise, S&D Flooring was awarded the ‘ Recofloor Bronze Award’ and ‘Best Newcomer ’ and received a certificate, trophy and a signed football from Matt Le Tissier.

Recofloor’s Carla Eslava said: “The day offered a great opportunity to find out how Recofloor can benefit your company, share expert knowledge and network with fellow flooring industry professionals. The Annual Awards is a highlight in Recofloor’s calendar and we very much look forward to celebrating our achievements with both existing and new members this March.”

After the event Steve and Mark had the opportunity to speak to other flooring professionals and expand our client base as well as a complimentary tour of the football grounds. Throughout the celebrations, Recofloor, CFA and other flooring organisations took to social media to celebrate their success.

S&D at the Old Trafford