Carpet tiles make Air Traffic Control in Amsterdam a pleasant and sustainable workplace

Air Traffic Control the Netherlands implemented new air traffic control systems and took the opportunity to renovate part of its building (All images: Annekoos Littel)

Projects also need to have the necessary appearance, while the materials used meet the highest sustainability requirements. One way to achieve this is to use carpet tiles on the floor. We found a great example of this in the building of Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) in Amsterdam.

Air Traffic Control the Netherlands was implementing new air traffic control systems and took the opportunity to renovate part of its building to match its own sustainability ambitions. One of LVNL’s minimum ambitions is to have a zero CO2 footprint for its operations by 2030. HEVO, a project management and consultancy firm, developed a comprehensive accommodation plan in collaboration with LVNL and formulated a vision called ‘A sustainable workplace for sharing’.

Interior design agency Annekoos Littel

HEVO, in collaboration with Annekoos Littel, an interior design agency specialising in workplace design, shaped a new accommodation concept for LVNL’s pilot project on the third floor of the building. The design covered all aspects, from structural work to the finest accessories, encompassing an approximate area of about 1000 m².

“The new workplace concept assumes place- and time-independent working, with a variety of workstations, landing areas, call cells and (informal) consultation areas,” clarifies a spokesperson at the interior design firm. “The rough Programme of Requirements was available and further elaboration took place in close consultation with the future LVNL teams and HEVO as process manager. The designed workplace concept is part of a larger process, with this floor being pushed forward as an example for the entire organisation.”

Floor covering

In choosing the floor covering, we note that it is in line with the client’s formulated sustainability ambitions. To create zones with different colours and styles while maintaining harmony, LVNL chose products from Shaw Contract, which specialises in designing and manufacturing carpet and resilient products for project applications. The choice fell on carpet tiles from their Dye Lab collection. In this, they opted for Fustic Saxon, combined with Haven carpet tiles in the Honest and Familiar styles.

“The choice of these carpet tiles did not come by chance, as they fit perfectly with LVNL’s sustainability objectives,” clarifies a spokesperson at Shaw Contract. “These carpet tiles are manufactured in a carbon-neutral factory, thus contributing to reducing the carbon footprint associated with their production. We use EcoSolution Q100®, a 100% recycled yarn, in the production process of these carpet tiles.”

Cradle-to-Cradle certified

Both the Dye Lab and Haven carpet tile collections are Cradle-to-Cradle certified. In addition, Shaw Contract’s commitment to sustainability is exemplified by a re[TURN] Reclamation Programme. This programme enables responsible recycling of used carpet tiles, contributes to a circular economy and minimises waste.