Lincoln University Gym
Neoflex REPtile provides high-performance flooring for Lincoln University’s new state-of-the-art sports facility by Athfield Architects.
A $10 million redevelopment has transformed Lincoln University’s existing sports facility into Whare Hākinakina, the new cornerstone of the university’s acclaimed sport and recreation study programmes. Here, students, athletes, coaches and scientists all come together to study how elite athletes perform at the highest level. Neoflex REPtile rubber floor tiles from Advance Flooring feature in the building’s new gymnasium.
Peter Magson, Lincoln’s Recreation Centre Manager, was already familiar with the benefits of Neoflex. ’We had a space fitted with a similar product in 1995,’ he says, ‘and it has lasted so well, we chose to use the same flooring for Whare Hākinakina.’
While the sports hall and squash court were retained, the rest of the building was gutted and refurbished to create a future-focused facility. As well as a yoga studio and a virtual reality cycling room, there is a new weight, cross training, and cardio gym. At 860sqm ’it’s a huge space’, says Magson, ‘and we used Neoflex rubber flooring throughout’.
Neoflex REPtiles are square modular rubber flooring tiles with a base layer of between 8 and 30mm that can be topped with any Neoflex surface. REPtiles incorporate a reinforcing fabric that ensures dimensional stability whilst maintaining walking comfort and resilience, and they are specially designed for areas subject to heavy wear.
‘We did a lot of work with the layout and where we wanted the machines and free weight areas placed,’ says Magson. ‘There was eight months of planning, so when Advance did the flooring, we knew where everything would go. We put extra thickness on the athlete performance side – 17mm instead of the 8mm used elsewhere.’
The university also chose to have their logo incorporated into the tiles, ensuring the floor looks as good as it performs. ‘We get great feedback about the space,’ says Magson, ‘and the floor looks magnificent. We are very happy with the flooring selection process, the delivery and the way it functions.’
Architect: Athfield Architects
Photographer: Dennis Radermacher