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About us

At Atkinson & Kirby, we understand the need for an intelligently selected range of wood flooring styles, providing you with a variety of options to suit every project.

Combining fantastic design with the finest craftsmanship

Established as a family firm in 1903, Atkinson & Kirby continues to be a close-knit team that respects the craft tradition whilst always looking at the future of wood flooring. We're proud to manufacture our flooring accessories in Britain, applying innovation to ensure you constantly have the broadest, highest quality range at your fingertips.

We create beautiful, practical and sustainable wood flooring that enables you to define your own style and space.

We combine over a century of skill and craft with leading technology to develop the next generation of hardwood flooring.

Our flooring collections are expertly curated to create inspiring spaces for all interiors, with continuous updates following upcoming design trends.

Our History
We’re continuously working to develop the next generation of high-quality, sustainable hardwood flooring.

Investing in trend forecasting, maintaining high quality and environmental standards, providing value, insight and inspiration has been at the heart of our business for more than 100 years.

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Crafting timber floors sustainabily.

Wood is an amazing natural resource and we feel privileged to work with it. Environmental responsibility is one of our top priorities and we are proud to support sustainable timber production with a host of environmental and sustainable accreditations.

We pride ourselves on the service we provide. Our trusted team of flooring experts are here to help with any questions you may have.
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Engineered Wood Flooring - From Forest to Floor

Today, more than half of all wood floors installed have an engineered construction. Engineered wood flooring retains all the natural beauty of solid wood but is manufactured in a way that makes it more versatile and practical within a modern space. Prized for its durability, engineered wood flooring is a popular choice among homeowners and designers alike. But how is it made? Let's explore the process, from forest to floor: Material Selection: High-quality materials are chosen for stability and aesthetics. Engineered flooring consists of a real hardwood veneer atop plywood or spruce. Kiln Drying: Timber undergoes kiln drying to prevent warping and enhance durability, while also eliminating pests and fungi. Precision Milling: Raw materials are milled with precision to showcase natural grain and character. Quality inspection ensures only the finest pieces are used. Layering and Bonding: Veneers and core materials are layered in a cross-grain pattern for stability. High-pressure, heat, and advanced adhesives bond the layers together. Pressing and Conditioning: The composite undergoes pressing for strength and conditioning to achieve the desired moisture content, crucial for preventing post-installation expansion or contraction. Finishing Touches: Sanding creates a smooth surface, followed by the application of a protective finish for durability. Quality Assurance: Each batch undergoes rigorous testing for defects, dimensional accuracy, and performance, ensuring it meets industry standards. Installation and Enjoyment: Once installed, engineered wood flooring adds warmth, character, and elegance to spaces, offering long-lasting beauty and performance. This unique process makes engineered wood flooring the perfect choice for contemporary spaces with underfloor heating as it is not susceptible to warping or drying out unlike solid wood. Engineered wood flooring is also able to float over suitable subfloors which enhances its ease of installation. It’s also available in wider planks and longer lengths, enabling a diverse range of finished looks to suit different aesthetic preferences. If you are considering engineered wood flooring for your project, check out our handy guide on selecting the perfect floor here View our range of engineered wood flooring here 

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Archwood Group Achieves Prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise

We have been honoured with a King’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development 2024. Archwood Group is one of 252 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise. As announced on Monday 6 May, Archwood Group has been recognised for its excellence in Sustainable Development 2024. Josh Burbidge, Managing Director of Archwood Group, comments: “Being honoured with the King’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development 2024 is an incredible achievement involving the entire business. We want to continue to do our part in having a positive impact on the planet and society. Each and every one of us plays an important role in our sustainability journey, and we’re encouraging colleagues and customers to get involved in any way they can.” The King’s Awards for Enterprise, previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, were renamed last year to reflect His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s by recognising outstanding UK businesses. The Award programme, now in its 58th year, is the most prestigious business award in the country, with successful businesses able to use the esteemed King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years. The award is proof of Archwood Group’s dedication to sustainable practices, following a remarkable 66% reduction in emissions. Installation of over 2,600 solar panels underscores their proactive stance on reducing carbon emissions and transitioning to 100% renewable energy. In 2021, Archwood Group partnered with the sustainability accreditation, Planet Mark, and also joined the United Nations Race to Zero campaign, whereby the business has committed to achieve Net Zero by no later than 2050. This follows Archwood Group’s appointment of its internal Environmental Action Group to drive sustainable action throughout the business. You can see all the winners of The King’s Awards for Enterprise 2024 in a special supplement of The Gazette:

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