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INTRAsystems has been supplying discerning architects and interior designers with the highest quality entrance matting, architectural grilles and creative ceiling products for over 35 years.
We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all solution. Your designs are unique – so why can’t your materials be, too? That’s why we provide bespoke solutions, so that you’ll never have to compromise on your design.
If you’re looking for a provider with unrivalled customer service, design-led and functional products, meticulous attention to detail, and who can support you in your continuing professional development, look no further than INTRAsystems.
We help architects working across a vast array of sectors to specify the most suitable products for their projects – whether for design-led, practical or health and safety purposes.
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INTRAsystems is proud to be the market leader in the design of entrance matting and architectural grilles for commercial environments, assisting specifiers to achieve the full potential of their vision, with no compromises to design or functionality.
The entrances of schools, universities and colleges are often subject to intense periods of heavy footfall, with muddy shoes and studded footwear for sports making heavy-duty entrance matting a necessity. INTRAsystems is dedicated to finding the most suitable solution for your building, while simultaneously keeping costs low to suit centrally funded budgets.
Experts in the exacting needs of hospitals, care homes and surgeries, INTRAsystems can provide the hygienic and hard-wearing entrance matting solutions that the healthcare sector demands. Exceptionally durable to cope with high traffic flow, and featuring effective soil and moisture removal, you can be confident that your entrance will be both safe and sanitary for public use.
These are areas with extreme traffic levels, and a high performing and heavy duty Entrance Matting system is essential to ensure safety. This sector includes some of the most demanding areas for the use of Entrance Matting, with consistent high traffic flow and heavy wheeled items.
From grand exhibition halls to noble museums and opulent theatres, public buildings must stand up to both potentially high traffic and the critique of the public eye. We keep the desired character of your building in mind, alongside safety and performance requirements, to find you the perfect INTRAsystems solution for your building.
With bespoke entrance matting, architectural grilles and creative ceilings, you can give your shopping centre the wow factor. High levels of traffic, especially in peak seasons, demand a matting solution you can trust; with smooth tiled floors in frequent use, absorbent matting is a health and safety mainstay. It also helps to maintain a clean and polished appearance to welcome your shoppers and make the ideal first impression.
Whether a boutique clothing store, high street giant or bustling supermarket, INTRAsystems can help your retail store’s aesthetic appeal and safety requirements with custom-designed entrance matting. Durable, simple to clean and able to remove large volumes of dirt and moisture from consistently high footfall, your matting solution can provide a practical yet inviting entrance on a budget.
Whatever the primary function of your leisure facility, INTRAsystems can help to produce a bespoke entrance matting solution which allows for varying traffic flow, health and safety assurance and which helps your venue stand out from the crowd. Whether for a stadium, sports centre, swimming pool or hotel, we can provide the specialist matting to suit your exacting requirements.
Further technical information, images, case studies and specifications are available to download from the INTRAsystems website or via the BPi Library.
A Quick Guide to Specifying Metal Grilles
Metal grilles and gratings feature in a multitude of internal or external applications. From walkways, ceilings, façades and soffits, to trench covers or even wall features – the applications are only limited by your imagination.
For a high-end finish for your corporate office heating trench or a practical ceiling solution for your shopping centre, metal grilles can provide the perfect solution.
With an endless variety of options available, specifying metal grilles can be a minefield. To ensure your building and its grilles stand the test of time, it can be helpful to consider these 5 criteria before writing your specification:
1 - Building Environment
Will the grilles be internal or external? Will they be subject to foot traffic? Light or heavy wheeled traffic? Is the environment particularly humid?
These basic questions will start to dictate your choice of materials and finishes. It will also help a manufacturer recommend the right configuration of profile and support. For example, to be heel-proof, the slot gap should be no wider than 6mm.
2 - Situational requirements
Will the end user need access behind the panels for ongoing maintenance?
Do they need to sit flush against adjacent materials, or will they be surface mounted?
Are there any corners, angles or curves to accommodate?
Do you need a specific percentage open area to provide adequate airflow for the services behind? Or a drainage system for moisture?
These are critical questions to consider when narrowing down your requirements to ensure an accurate specification.
3 - Loading
What distance do the grilles need to span and what will they need to support?
With the correct combination of support and profile grilles can support the heaviest of loads. Heavier loads require more robust support profiles so this may have a knock-on effect for other areas of your specification, such as the depth of the trench or recess.
4 - Design Scheme
How much screening do you want? Would a shaped or coloured finish be appropriate? What about combining with acoustic inserts, lighting or biophilic elements for practical benefits or design interest?
We can help advise on the best options to meet your design aspirations, from cutting and shaping, to powder coating in your desired RAL colour.
5 - Standards and Certifications
With sustainability and safety at the heart of all modern building schemes, what certifications do you want from your suppliers and for the products?
You should expect ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications from your supplier as standard. For materials, consider how the finishes may affect safety. For example, metal grilles that are subject to foot traffic will benefit from a shot peen finished to increase slip resistance, and powder coatings will reduce fire ratings from A1 to A2-s2.
Find out more with our brand new CPD.
With so many aspects to consider why not contact us about our brand new CPD seminar on specifying metal grilles and we’ll help you specify these vital elements of your building with creativity and confidence.
Unlike other seminars that cover either the specific material or application, the INTRAsystems session examines the wide range of uses, working through the specification requirements and considerations for each:
- Explore where and how to use metal grilles
- Discuss practical grille sizes and fixing options
- Examine configuration options for load bearing and airflow
- Understand materials and finishings
- Review sustainability credentials and applicable legislations
Email email@example.com or call the team on 01425 472000 to find out more.
In the meantime, for more design ideas, product and technical information, download our grille brochures today.
4 Steps to Sustainable Entrance Matting
Many new projects work towards environmental certification such as BREEAM, LEED and Passivhaus. Yet, a recent study by Innovate UK still found that 32% of landfill waste comes from the construction and demolition industry.
Despite careful planning, 13% of products delivered to building sites end up in landfill.
With the launch of Architects Declare and the publication of RIBA’s Sustainable Outcomes Guide in 2019, sustainable construction has never been more in focus.
Is Entrance Matting Sustainable?
Entrance matting isn’t eligible for points in any of the environmental certification schemes, but it can support many of the criteria.
Don’t think of it as part of the general flooring package – The right entrance matting specification will support your ‘green’ goals in a variety of ways. Here are 4 key considerations to ensure a sustainable specification:
ONE | Specify the right type
This is your first consideration and will be dependent on the volume and type of traffic your building will host. These factors will also influence the size of your matting.
Using the correct combination of product, inserts and size will ensure you trap all dirt and moisture at the door. This will create a healthy entrance, protect your flooring and extend the lifespan of your interiors. It will also reduce the need for cleaning, thereby minimising the use of chemicals and electricity.
TWO | Check Construction and Lifecycle
Sustainable materials and lifecycle are key considerations for all environmental certifications.
Our entrance mats feature 100% recycled and recyclable aluminium or stainless steel. These are compatible with a wide range of insert options including 100% Econyl regenerated nylon fibre.
Our mats also offer 5-15 years of high-quality performance, reducing the need for regular replacement. Beware of cheap alternatives!
THREE | ISO Standards
Be sure to use an ISO 14001 accredited company. ISO 14001 requires the company to have an effective environmental management system and reduce waste. This means responsible use of resources and less waste.
INTRAsystems is ISO 14001 certified. We manufacture products in the UK to your precise specification, minimising both waste and transport.
FOUR | Get Prescriptive
Rather than a descriptive specification covering the basic performance requirements, a prescriptive specification at the earliest stages of your project will minimise changes which in turn reduces waste.
It also ensures that your chosen supplier isn’t substituted for a less sustainable, cheaper alternative further down the line.
Don’t take our word for it…
From our use of sustainable materials and ISO certified manufacturing processes to our extensive product documentation and BIM files, we work with clients to achieve their sustainability goals, without compromising on design.
Our entrance matting and stainless steel grilles have been specified in environmentally certified projects throughout the UK including the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ Bloomberg HQ in London.
Learning never stops
To find out more about specifying entrance matting for different projects and environments why not book our Entrance Matting CPD seminar?
The seminar is worth double points within three of the mandatory RIBA CPD core curriculum topics (Design, construction and technology, Health, safety and wellbeing, and Legal, regulatory and compliance) and we’ll even provide lunch.