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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.

Sustainability
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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Why Wood Flooring is the Perfect Choice for Restaurants and Bars

Bars and restaurants have the opportunity to mesmerise people with their décor and interiors. Flooring, often one of the first elements to catch your eye, plays a vital role in creating a lasting first impression and unifying the overall aesthetic. Beyond providing stunning results, an investment in high-quality flooring is vital for many other reasons. With constant foot traffic over time, commercial restaurant and bar flooring needs to withstand the test of time whilst maintaining its elegant and clean appearance. The best flooring for bars and restaurants depends on the type of establishment and the desired aesthetic. Flooring in these venues is crucial as it needs to endure foot traffic, spills, and potential damage. While some restaurateurs prefer classic wood floors, others opt for materials like tile, known for its sturdiness but prone to chipping, or laminate, which is more affordable but less durable than wood. For example, our Chiswick oak takes centre stage at several Mowgli restaurants across the UK. This popular, pre-finished engineered white oak floor has an attractive variability in tone, which creates a contemporary feel, ideal for achieving a light, spacious look. If you are looking for a more classic look and feel, a coffee-toned wood may be a better option. Our Adelphi Oak flooring, chosen for Manchester's newest craft beer pub, North Westward Ho, with its dark coffee tones and unique design, not only adds a sophisticated flair to the venue but also ensures longevity without compromising on style. Or, if you want to emulate the atmosphere of an upscale wine bar, you might opt for traditional herringbone flooring. Our Harlesden Smoked Oak flooring in parquet, for instance, proved to be the perfect choice for BrewDog’s London Waterloo location. The colour variation between the Herringbone blocks allows you to add a contemporary twist to a traditional floor style. Blending its unique old-world charm with contemporary design, the variation in colour tones added depth and visual interest to the space, captivating customers from the moment they set foot inside. There are various options for Hardwood flooring available to commercial areas on the market today. However, to simplify, there are two main considerations: Functionality: will the floor serve its purpose in the space Look and Feel: will the floor have the desired aesthetic impact When considering the function of the floor, it is useful to consider the construction of the floor such as using a solid versus engineered floor, as engineered floors are typically more stable and resilient to humidity, moisture changes, temperature changes etc. Read more about engineered versus sold wood flooring in our guide here. It is also useful to consider what finish is on your floor, as different finishes perform differently depending on the conditions. An oiled floor enhances the natural beauty of the wood floor but requires slightly more maintenance and requires periodic re-oiling. Whereas a UV Oil or a Lacquered floor has a harder wearing finish, forming a barrier over the top of the wood, which typically performs better in a high traffic area. For more advice on the finishes within the range please contact a member of the team here. It is also important to consider how the floor will impact the look and feel of the space. Natural hardwood floors bring a warmth and charm to any space, and you can change the feel depending on the colour, size of the planks, various patterns such as herringbone, choosing different grades of timber which will highlight the natural features such as knots and splits or give a cleaner sleeker look, with less of the natural imperfections. All of these considerations mean you have scope to be creative with your floor and there is always a floor to suit the space. If you need specific commercial project advice, get in touch with our dedicated specification team. Explore the full Atkinson & Kirby collection here

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Atkinson & Kirby's Journey Towards a Greener Future

Here at Atkinson & Kirby, through our latest sustainability report, we have taken the time to analyse where our carbon footprint comes from to ensure we continue to deliver on our sustainable promises. The rising threat of greenwashing across competing industries has made it hugely important for us to document regular updates on our sustainability achievements. This is especially vital as we progress further with our pledges to achieve Net Zero, as part of the United Nations Race to Zero campaign, by no later than 2050 and halve our greenhouse gas emissions before 2030. We are committed to delivering the most eco-friendly and sustainable selection of timber products, with a focus on forming eco-friendly initiatives to positively impact the climate and contribute to a better planet and society. Here are some of our most recent achievements: Reduced our Scope 1 & 2 carbon emissions by 62% compared to our baseline year. Installed 2,600 solar panels at our North Wales factory, generating 40% of the site's total energy requirements and contributing to carbon emissions reduction. Upgraded our Forklift Truck fleet from 30 diesel/LPG trucks to 20, with 19 now being zero-emissions electric trucks and one remaining diesel-powered. Transitioned to cardboard packaging solutions for all flooring items in the Atkinson & Kirby product range in 2023. Identified packaging changes for the Richard Burbidge product range, with implementation scheduled throughout 2024. Installed seven electric vehicle charging points at our HQ car park. Engaged with 15 global suppliers, comprising 80% of total company spend, to present our sustainability report and updated Archwood collaboration document. Communicated policy changes impacting suppliers, a crucial step in achieving our sustainability goals Reflecting on the past year, our Manager Director, Josh Burbidge, describes how the business is setting the benchmark with Net Zero goals and year-on-year transparency towards our sustainability progress: “At Atkinson & Kirby, we’re passionate about design, manufacturing and the sustainable sourcing of timber products. We have made great progress on our Net Zero journey, reducing our Scope 1 & 2 carbon emissions by 62% versus our baseline year. This is a fantastic achievement but there is still much more work to be done.  We have prepared our latest report to update on our journey so far and highlight what we will be focusing on in the coming years’. Download the full Sustainability Report 2023 here.

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