As businesses and employees anticipate a return to commercial workplaces, employee’s wellness is a high priority. Design plays a big part in ensuring that a safe haven can be created indoors, and while it might not be the first thing that comes to mind as you think about improving the air quality in your building, flooring plays a surprisingly important role in creating a healthy building environment.
John ten Bosch and Rachel Hankin together cover many of the countries where we work with our distribution partners, so we thought it would be great to speak to them and learn a little more about what their role is at Milliken and what they enjoy doing in their free time.
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.