Leading flooring designer and manufacturer Milliken is proud to be celebrating its 100th year of production in Britain. The company was first registered in 1920 at the Waterside Mill in Bury, Greater Manchester when it became one of the earliest textile manufacturers in the UK. It manufactured cotton shirtings and in later years industrial fabrics before switching to air bag manufacture in 2004. Following the purchase of the Beech Hill Plant in Wigan, the first Millitron® carpet tile (using Milliken’s patented digital dye technology) was printed in the UK in 1986, which makes 2021 the 35th year Milliken has made carpet tiles in the UK. The last UK site Milliken purchased was the Middleton Plant in 1997 where protective flooring and entryway products are now produced.
In December 2020 Milliken was proud celebrate our 100th year of manufacturing in the UK. The company was first registered in 1920 at the Waterside Mill in Bury in the North West of England, when it became one of the earliest textile manufacturers in the UK. It manufactured cotton shirtings and in later years industrial fabrics.
Meet The Maker: Steve Ainscough
Job title: Millitron® Design Technician – AKA The Pattern Pro
Having spent time operating in and leading the print department, Steve now heads up technical support for Milliken’s Millitron patterning technology.
Time at Milliken: 24 years
Meet The Maker: Mark BrixtonJob title: Dye Services Associate aka The Master Mixer
Time at Milliken: 13 months.
Meet The Maker: Lee RileyJob title: Backing Range Team Leader AKA Mr Motivator
Time at Milliken: 15 years
Meet The Maker: Martin ToppingJob title: Infinity Operator AKA The Top Tufter
Time at Milliken: 5 and a half years. I’ve just reached the 5 year achievement award, when you get a certificate and vouchers.
Meet The Maker: Lucinda Bamford
Job title: Warping Operator, aka The Warping Wizard
Time at Milliken: 4 years
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Part 2: Communal Spaces
In our last blog post we discussed lecture theatres and the need to rethink the spatial design of campuses to provide settings suited to student needs, but also to evolving pedagogy and teaching delivery. But it is not just the constraint caused by lecture theatres that might impact student learning and wellbeing on campus. The topic we turn to today is the design of communal spaces to host a variety of student activities.
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Part 1: The Lecture Theatre
A university campus is not just a workplace for academic and professional services staff, but also the daily ‘workplace’ for thousands of students. How university buildings are designed has a major impact on how spaces are used, and this in turn can affect the wellbeing, sense of belonging and learning success of students. In this short series of two blog posts, we want to elaborate on the importance of design on student wellbeing, but also look at common spatial settings – the lecture theatre and communal spaces – and ask how those can be designed differently.
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For the second year running Milliken partnered with Loughborough University on a project to design carpet tile concepts using Milliken’s proprietary Millitron® patterning technology for theoretical commercial environments. The project, developed closely with the University, forms an important part of the students’ final degree. But in 2020 – the year of the global pandemic – the students and staff faced unique challenges.