Barking Abbey School is a specialist sports and humanities college with around 2,000 pupils and over 600 Sixth Formers. In 1997 it was given a £2.1m grant to build a large leisure centre. It was named State School of the Year 2010 by School Sports Magazine and National Sports College of the Year in 2011 by the Daily Telegraph.

An Olympic challenge

The school was chosen as a Games Time Training Venue for the London 2012 Olympics and was one of 25 venues across the country to go through a major refurbishment to bring it up to Olympic standards. It was chosen to host basketball teams making their final preparations to compete.

The floors of the basketball courts needed to be perfectly clean and dry with no danger of causing slips for world-class athletes. Large applications of water and chemical was forbidden

Contract cleaners Power Hygiene and Supplies Ltd had rejected other methods of cleaning the floors: The wheels of floor cleaning machines marked the court; rotary pads removed court markings; manoeuvrability of machines was badly affected by the finish of the floor

Taskforce demonstrated two systems - Rapid Mop, and the Ultimate Combine system of SYRSorb and flat mopping. The school was impressed by the lack of moisture and how Rapid Mop was able to remove the toughest rubber scuffs and stains. The systems were purchased for use on the courts and other areas of the leisure centre.

David Gladden - Estate Manager:
“It is absolutely ideal for minimum moisture, I'm impressed with how dry that floor is.”