CUMBRIA, ENGLAND -- Burlington's blue/gray Kirkby stone floor tiles were selected to complete the new decor of a former banking hall at the Elephant & Castle in South East London into a popular new pub development for fast-expanding pub chain J.D. Wetherspoon.

Specified by London-based architects, Murdoch Bowers & Associates, the 300- x 300- x 12-mm stone floor tiles, complete with a sanded finish, cover the main walk area of the pub and are complemented by an attractive border featuring 200- x 200- x 12-mm size tiles in Burlington's pale green Elterwater stone. Together, they create a traditional decor and provide the perfect compliment to a whole host of other materials, including oak timber flooring, mosaic tiling, timber veneers and leather.

A spokesman for Murdoch Bowers & Associates explained that natural stone flooring was chosen primarily due to its durability, low maintenance and versatility, particularly when coupled with other natural finishes. In addition to providing a preferred color range, Burlington was specified due to the architects' own perception of the Burlington name and a comprehensive customer care package provided throughout all stages of the project.

"We are delighted to be associated with J.D. Wetherspoon for this project," said Malcolm Hatch, Burlington's joint managing director. "The use of Burlington's natural stone flooring within leisure establishments continues to grow in popularity worldwide due to the aesthetic and functional appeal of the product. It is the ideal flooring surface for busy pedestrian walkways."