South West Academic Health Science Network offices

Working across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and the Isles of Scilly, the South West Academic Health Science Network works to improve the health and patient experience of people in the South West by supporting and accelerating innovation and quality improvement. Moving to new offices in Exeter, the company tasked idesign with a full design and fit-out, including a total of 915 m² of flooring from IVC.

  • Location: Exeter (UK)
  • Sector: Corporate & office
  • Product Category: Luxury vinyl tiles, Carpet tiles
  • Architect: Roxan Burley, idesign
  • Surface: 915 m²


“IVC Creates Organic Pathway.”

IVC carpet tiles and LVT have been used to create a botanical feel at the Exeter offices of South West Academic Health Science Network.

Using the striking parquet Shades design from the Moduleo 55 Expressive LVT collection in the cafe area and combining it with Disruptive Path and Creative Spark carpet tiles for working and meeting spaces; interior design company, idesign, has created a flooring pathway flowing between different elements of the interior.

Roxan Burley, idesign, explains more:

“We saw the office as a garden and the employees as bees, so we used the flooring to create the sense of an organic passage between areas. We grouped green ‘patches’ of Creative Spark to zone areas of the design, gradually dispersing into the organic look of Disruptive Path for main areas. Then, the random pattern of Shades came into play in the cafe area for its easy maintenance and hardwearing credentials.”

IVC’s Disruptive Path and Creative Spark carpet tiles are designed to coordinate, using the same 100% Colorstrand® solution-dyed nylon and EcoFlexTM Statera 70% recycled content backing for universal performance. At South West Academic Health Science Network, the solid green of Creative Spark 611 harmonizes with the field tile of Shared Path 924 and the accent tile of Disruptive Path 916.

“We’re great fans of IVC’s hard flooring, so it was a real advantage to be able to use carpet tiles from the same manufacturer too,” continues Roxan. “Disruptive Path met the challenge of our design concept and by installing Shades on self-adhesive Flexpro underlay meant we could achieve the right look in a universal height that meant no need for transition strips between flooring types.”

From the Moduleo 55 Expressive collection, Shades, used in the light wood of 62220, features a linear pattern that’s embossed in register for impressive authenticity. With Protectonite® PUR reinforcement and a 0.55mm wear layer, the LVT is suitable for use in high-wear commercial applications and ideal for the cafe area of the offices, where easy maintenance is essential.

“With the contractor finding the Flexpro system fast and easy, the client commenting on how easy the cafe flooring is to maintain and the simplicity of working with one manufacturer to overcome the varied flooring challenges of the project, I will certainly be specifying IVC again,” concludes Roxan.

Working across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and the Isles of Scilly, the South West Academic Health Science Network works to improve the health and patient experience of people in the South West by supporting and accelerating innovation and quality improvement. Moving to new offices in Exeter, the company tasked idesign with a full design and fit-out, including a total of 915 m² of flooring from IVC.