Brotherton Library

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Project Details


University of Leeds -


Wood Flooring

Project Scope

Brotherton Library is one of the most prestigious buildings within the University of Leeds. Due to the nature of the building, the original floors had never been sanded and sealed.

This high-status project involved sanding preparation of the floor prior to the application of a 4 coat system using 1 coat of Junckers Prelak followed by 3 coats of Junckers HP.

The Flooring Spec

Following years of discussion in relation to the original floor conditions with extreme levels of wear, it became visible that the floors needed rapid attention, so a prompt decision was made by the University of Leeds to have the floors sanded and sealed.

The Solution

Some trials were carried out using samples to illustrate what the finished floor result would look like, and through doing this, it helped to reassure the client that the specification met the needs of the floor and guaranteed the best results.

Due to the prestigious books stored within the library, all work areas have to be well enclosed to ensure minimal dust levels and noise. To facilitate busy periods, the project has been broken down into phases and set to run over a two year intermittent programme and works are only carried out during holidays and weekends to minimise disruption to student studies.


Due to the age and wear of the original parquet floor, this project required our most experienced team with over 30 years’ experience to achieve results that were deemed unachievable.

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