Beth Tweddle, Olympic Workout

Having created a Union Jack-adorned island unit, clad in our tough, hardwearing, diamond-polished material, we invited Britain’s top gymnast, Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle, to perform a series of rhythmic routines on and around the unit. As a test of the material’s strength and resilience, Beth’s energetic vaulting, tumbling, jumps and acrobatics really put it through its paces.

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The authentic Union Jack design was achieved using a high tech water jet cutter, to produce the component triangles and quadrilaterals. These were seamlessly abutted together and bonded onto construction board, creating a countertop measuring 2m x 1m.

Rather than adhere to traditional red, white and blue, we chose Cristallino White, Blue Steel and Dark Steel finishes from our recycled glass collection, to introduce a more muted ‘designer look’.

What made this whole exercise possible was the distinctive slimline profile and exceptionally light weight of our work surfaces. Had it been made with solid granite or stone, the unit would have been far too heavy, nor would it have the inherent flexural strength to withstand Beth’s energetic workout.