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TTA Awards 2011 finalists announced

The 2011 Tile Association Awards celebrate all that is best in the wall and floor tile industry.They recognise and reward the products, people, businesses and projects in the tile industry.

These are the finalists. The winners will be announced at the annual TTA Gala Dinner on Saturday, 2nd April 2011 at the Birmingham Hilton Hotel, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

PROJECTS:

Best use of tile in a public sector contract:

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Harlow Leisure Swimming Pool by N&C Moderna - Over 6500m? of tiling went into the new £25 million LeisureZone in Harlow, Essex.
Newport Station by WB Simpson & Sons (Midlands) - All materials used carry the 'Eco' tag.
QE Hospital, Birmingham (pictured) by Birmingham Tile and Mosaic - Mapei products were used to prepare 2,400m2 of floors for the tiling
Suffolk New College, Ipswich by Cottrell Ceramics - Over 1000 m2 of Johnson Tiles were laid in the entrance atrium area.

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Best use of tile in a private sector contract:

Colour Bar Hair Salon, Sligo by The Gilroy Tiles Group - The Architects requested the 'wow' factor for this project in Sligo Town, Ireland.
Dixons Concept Store, Birmingham (pictured) by Wilson & Wylie Contracts - 1200m2 of porcelain tiles were laid in rapid-setting cement-based adhesive and joints grouted in rapid-curing grouts.
Eldon Square Shopping Mall by P Plunkett Tiling Contractors. Mapei products were used to install a total of over 4,000m2 of tiles.
St Malachy's Church Belfast by Armatile - This contract involved the manufacturing of new and, reproduction pieces.

Best use of tile by a house developer:

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Park House, Pinkstone Homes, Hale, Cheshire by Natural Stone Emporium. This project includes six bathrooms and a leisure complex with a swimming pool, sauna and steam room.
St Stephens Gardens, Westbourne Park, London (pictured) by Stone & Ceramic - The property has been developed into five separate apartments and outfitted to a high specification. 

Best technical use of tile in a contract:

Cathedral Church of St Mary, Newcastle. Tiles by Craven Dunnill and Fixing by P Plunkett - The design incorporates over 70 different tiles laid in geometric patterns.
Earth Sciences Building, Oxford University by W B Simpson & Sons (Midlands) - This project includes the facade and floor tiling in the ground floor atrium.
Kentish Town Sports Centre by Wilson & Wylie Contracts - This project is the refurbishment of a Grade 2 listed Victorian Baths.
Scott's on the Rocks by David Scott Tile and Stone Specialists - This is a highly ambitious, aspirational project.

Best use of tile within the leisure or hospitality industry:

* Best-use-of-tile-leisure-hospitality.jpgFulwell Spa, Essex by N&C Moderna - This project includes a sun mural and tiling to the hydrotherapy pool.
Kentish Town Sports Centre by Wilson & Wylie Contracts - This project is the refurbishment of a Grade 2 listed Victorian Baths.
The Green House Hotel, Bournemouth by Hansard Tilers - The bathrooms of this 32 bedroom boutique hotel were tiled with 700m2 of Johnson Tiles.
The Savoy Hotel Entrance Foyer (pictured) by Arrow Tiling - Five tilers worked on this project for over 12 months.

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Best use of tile in a private house:

Ballywalter Park by Armatile - Armatile created a floor that moved with the shape of the room.
Hanson Hall, Cheshire by Natural Stone Emporium - This is a stunning property, partly Listed, with parts dating back to 1400.
Private House, Beaconfield (pictured) by Mosaic Restoration Co. - The mosaic was installed in one day.
Private House, Nottinghamshire by East Midlands Ceramics - This includes an indoor swimming pool and wet room.

Most innovative tile installation :

Ballywalter Park by Armatile - Armatile created a floor that moved with the shape of the room.
Colour Bar Hair Salon, Sligo, Republic of Ireland by Peronda Ceramicas SA/Gilroy Tiling Group - The brief was simple; the client wanted something on the floor to dazzle new clients.
Phoolan the Elephant by Ardex UK - Ardex supported the artists' work by supplying Adhesive, to fix the mosaics.
Tayto Park, County Meath (pictured) by TileStyle - Designed by Milo FitzGerald Interiors, this project is unique in all respects.

MARKETING:

Excellence in tile industry marketing:

* Excellence-in-marketing.jpgCompany Marketing Strategy, David Scott Tile and Stone Specialists. The David Scott long term strategy has been to positioning themselves as the go-to tile retailer.
Company Marketing Strategy, Creative Stone & Tile - Creative Stone & Tile are very active about marketing and promoting their products.
Company Marketing Strategy, Minoli Tiles - A 12 month well integrated marketing campaign supported new launches.
Ultra Tile SuperWhite WR Flex Launch Campaign, Instarmac - An extensive combination of integrated marketing activities was used.

PRODUCTS:

* Wall-tile-of-the-year.jpgWall tile of the year:

Laura Ashley Wintergarden range from British Ceramic Tile (pictured) - Inspired by nature, the Wintergarden range is an addition to the Laura Ashley collection.
Pebble Range from Steve Robinson Glass - Inspired by the coastal location of their studio.
The Synergy Range from N&C Nicobond - Combines porcelain, ceramic, mosaic, paints, grouts and sealants in coordinating hues, sizes and textures.

Floor tile of the year:

* Floor-tile-of-the-year.jpgBanksy from Peronda Ceramicas (pictured) - The design inspiration comes from the grunge scene and street artists, such as Banksy.
Natural stone from Marazzi - An unglazed porcelain tile with a stylish set of modern printed decors and mosaics.
Portia from CP Group - The Sandstorm finish is unlike any other on the market.
Synergy Range from N&C Nicobond - The range combines porcelain, ceramic, mosaic, paints, grouts and sealants.

* Best-natural-product.jpgBest natural product:

Elite Stone from CP Group - A superior collection of five distinct natural marble ranges that release the true beauty of Indonesian stone.
Jerusalem Antique Gold Tumbled from Stone Deals(pictured) - The look of this tumbled version has been improved by employing special brushing techniques.
Marble fusion from Creative Stone & Tile - The range sits elegantly within this celebration of interior elegance and elite design. 

Best innovation:

* Most-innovative-tiles.jpgFugabella Eco Grout & Sealant Range from Kerakoll UK (pictured) - This range uses natural hydraulic lime to give it antibacterial and fungistatic properties.
The Schluter Online Academy - This is the first online training facility of its kind in the industry.
Synergy from N&C Nicobond - The range combines porcelain, ceramic, mosaic, paints, grouts and sealants.
Warmup's 3iE Smart Thermostat. The iPhone of thermostats' Warmup's energy saving 3iE smart thermostat revolutionises the standard home thermostat.

ENVIRONMENT:

Best environmental initiative:

Positive Environmental Culture, Building Adhesives - The company is committed to continually improving performance and ensuring best practice.
Johnson Tiles environmental strategy - Johnson Tiles adopted a formal environmental strategy in 1994 and today it covers the entire business operation.
The green building rating & Eco Products, Kerakoll Spa - In March 2010 Kerakoll rebranded itself as the GreenBuilding Company.
A Business dedicated to a sustainable future, N&C Nicobond - The drive to enhance our green credentials has enabled us to develop systems to proactively manage our carbon footprint.

BUSINESS:

* Excellence-in-retailing.jpgExcellence in independent retailing:

Creative Stone & Tile - Creative Stone & Tile based its business model on exclusive retail outlets in London.
David Scott Tile and Stone Specialists (pictured) - A visit to The Tile Refinery Showroom has grown from a shop visit to become a unique experience.
DTW Ceramics UK - DTW Ceramics aims to provide an enviable range of value for money ceramic wall & floor tiles.
TileStyle, Dublin - TileStyle have recently won the Retail Excellence Ireland 2010 Best Superstore Award.

* Excellence-in-multiples.jpgExcellence in multiple retailing:

Armatile - Armatile has excelled itself in creating showrooms that showcase the best tiles in Europe.
Mandarin Stone (pictured) - Its showrooms attract both retail and trade clients and demonstrate excellent design and customer service.

Excellence in tile distribution:

* Excellence-in-distribution.jpgCraven Dunnill & Co. (pictured). Excellence in any service industry is achieved by constantly striving to exceed customer's expectations.
Minoli - Ability and reliability are the guiding principles of the Minoli team.
N&C Nicobond. 'Distribution is a core part of our business.'

* Excellence-in-contracting.jpgExcellence in tile contracting:

Arrow Tiling (pictured) - 'Our 'Can Do' attitude is what often helps us stand out from the competition.'
Mosaic Restoration Company - It conserves and restores, as well as fabricating new mosaics.
N&C Moderna - N&C Moderna is a specialist contractor with the ability to undertake any project.
P Plunkett Tiling Contractors - The company provides a totally integrated and comprehensive service.

Excellence in manufacturing:

Building Adhesives - At BAL we understand the requirement to meet customer demands ensure the highest standard of service.
Craven Dunnill Jackfield - The factory is geared to specialist production of decorative tiles.
Mapei UK - Mapei is a world leader in the production of adhesives and chemical products for building
Ultra Tile - Ultra Tile has sold itself on its certified quality products

PEOPLE:

Trainee of the year:

* Trainee-of-the-year.jpg* Employee-of-the-year.jpgJonathan Carter - What makes him special though is the steady, reliable manner in which he goes about his work
Shambir Grewal - Shambir has firmly crossed the line from apprentice to fully fledged tile fixer.
Sam Williams (pictured, left) - Sam was selected as National Apprentice of the Year in the ProSkills Awards.

Tile fixer of the year:

Darrell Hawkins - Darrell's work has been to an exemplary standard,
Andy Howard - 'I want my customers to say what a fantastic tiling job Andy has done.'
Brendan Lomas - Brendan is a perfectionist who loves to tackle the most intricate jobs with flair.

Employee of the year:

Peter James of Atlas Ceramics (South) - 'I have never known a day when Peter has not been determined to maximise our sales.'
Amanda Saunders of Stonecrest Marble. 'She is a tireless and relentless.'
Anna Smith of Natural Stone Emporium (pictured, right). 'Anna has become a key part of a busy team.'

The Tile Association wishes to thank Platinum Sponsors for supporting this event, saying it wouldn't take place without their support. They are:

Lithofin, CP Group, Fila Surface Care Products, Johnson Tiles, Mapei UK, Rubi UK, Schluter-Systems, Shackerley Holdings Group, VitrA Ireland, Wedi Systems (UK).

T: 0208 663 0946
F: 0208 663 0949
E: info@tiles.org.uk
W: www.tiles.org.uk

11th March 2011




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