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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.
INTRAsystems Specifying Entrance Matting for Road, Rail & Air
Entrance matting at railway stations, airports, underground and bus stations has a tough job. Not only does it have to absorb dirt and moisture from millions of footfalls every year, it also needs to withstand an assortment of wheels and wheeled vehicles, meet stringent safety standards and is often open to the elements for most of its life.
In this blog, INTRAsystems look at key entrance matting considerations for transport hubs and provide guidance for specifying commercial entrance matting in these highly specialised environments.
In busy transport hubs, the safety of the public is the main priority. As well as reducing the likelihood of slips from excess moisture on footwear and floors, commercial entrance matting can play a crucial role in keeping your entryways safe in an emergency.
Entrance Matting Fire Ratings
The European Safety Standard, EN 13501-1, ranks construction materials in 7 classes from A1 to F (non-combustible to easily flammable) regarding their reaction and behaviour to fire. Materials are also rated according to their smoke emissions, from class s1 (absent/weak) to s3 (high).
By specifying materials that have a limited or very limited contribution to fire and smoke, you ensure a safe evacuation point for occupants in emergency situations.
For example, INTRAlux Ultima, INTRAlux Premier and INTRAlux Grafic fibres are all Bfl-s1 rated which is the highest possible standard for entrance matting fibre. This means they have a very limited contribution to fire and little to no smoke emissions.
For underground stations and high-risk areas INTRAsystems also offer a specialist Fire Retardant entrance matting system, which is authorised for use across the London Underground network including Section 12 locations.
This system is made from A1-rated (non-combustible) aluminium, with multi-directional rubber inserts that meet both the BS6853 Cat 1A requirements and achieve the highest HL3 rating under EN45545 -2 – the European railway standard for fire safety.
Further Specification Guidance
With such high volumes of multi-directional traffic, size and strength of the matting are two more key considerations for your specification.
With heavy wheeled cases, PRM vehicles and baggage trolleys crossing the entrance matting regularly, you need to specify a high strength system that can withstand these loads over the long-term.
It is also essential that the entrance matting is of a suitable size to provide enough walk-off area. The minimum length recommended by BS 7953 is just 2.1m which will be wholly inadequate for an airport, bus, or train station.
For best performance, the matting should extend at least 1m each side of the entrance and 5-8 metres in the direction of traffic in these environments.
The INTRAform DM and INTRAflow Plus entrance matting systems are ideal for these heavy-duty applications.
INTRAflow Plus is particularly suited to very exposed situations or external matting. The built-in drainage channels allow moisture to drain away into the mat well beneath and can be used in conjunction with the INTRAmattting Waterlogic drainable mat well base to provide optimum moisture drainage.
With extremely strong aluminium construction, both systems offer the benefit of double-width inserts. These extra wide inserts maximise the fibre and rubber used within the entrance matting to provide exceptional dirt and moisture removal and retention.
Both systems are also compatible with the complete ranges of fibre and rubber inserts, so you can specify any combination practical for your design and safety requirements, all within a single system.
The Bfl-s1 rated INTRAlux Premier is a popular insert choice within busy transport hubs as its polyamide fibre can absorb 4.8 litres/m² while its flecked design helps to disguise soiling.
For London Underground stations and other high-risk areas INTRAsystems recommend their specialist Section 12 fire-retardant INTRAform FR entrance matting system. These specialist inserts can also be combined with fibre inserts in other systems to create a safe and durable entrance mat.
4 Key Takeaways
In short, there are 4 key things to consider when specifying entrance matting for road, rail, and air:
1. Fire safety
Specify Bfl-S1 rated inserts, or specialist section 12 compliant inserts for high-risk locations
If the mat will be exposed to rain or excess moisture, consider installing a drainable mat well base.
Specify a strong aluminium system to withstand heavy wheeled loads.
Make sure your matting extends at least 1m beyond the doors and 5-8 metres in the direction of traffic
For additional peace of mind, write a prescriptive entrance matting specification with the manufacturer's exact product details to ensure what you have carefully specified is delivered in the final build.
You can download the INTRAsystems Guide to Specifying Entrance Matting for Road, Rail & Air, that includes client case studies and sample specifications from their website:
Entrance Matting at AJ100 Building of the Year
The English National Ballet - the AJ100 Building of The Year 2020 - impressed judges with its 'pared-back, attractive simplicity'. This design restraint filters through every aspect of the build, down to the specification of a classic monochrome entrance mat using INTRAform DM Low Profile.
Using a combination of black ribbed polypropylene and multidirectional rubber inserts, Glenn Howells Architects has created a highly effective zonal matting system with a clean, simple aesthetic.
Multidirectional rubber inserts within the revolving doors provide exceptional scraping action to remove excess moisture and debris from footwear. While the extra wide fibre inserts within the primary matting absorb any remaining moisture before visitors reach the screed floor beyond.
The low-cost of the build was a further factor that appealed to the Building of the Year judges, impressing them with a cost per square metre of just £3000. This economy is also considered in the entrance mat specification.
A low-profile aluminium system and ribbed polypropylene fibre insert provide a cost-effective entrance matting solution without compromising performance. The creation of a zonal system using rubber inserts within the revolving doors and an enhanced entrance matting area further heighten performance.
Measuring nearly 6m front-to-back, the matting far exceeds the BS 7953 recommended minimum and WELL recommendations on length to provide a highly effective walk-off area for a safe and slip-free entrance.
Through skilled installation, the aluminium ribs of both the interior and revolving door mats perfectly align to create clean uninterrupted lines.
With the unconventional angles of the façade, the entrance matting ribs align with the inner edge of the entrance mat. This creates visual interest at the threshold and creates an angular extension of matting towards the hospitality desk and public café area which will experience the highest flow of traffic.
The resulting entrance mat installation provides exceptional performance for the many visitors to the building whilst upholding the vision of the architect and their client.
For an entrance matting specification aligned to both your aesthetic vision and budget, contact INTRAsystems on 01425 472000 or discover the range for yourself with their free sample service.