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Upmarket tile solutions complement a high-end car dealership in Auckland

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The state-of-the-art new Giltrap showroom building naturally reflects the best of everything – attractive, low-upkeep floor and wall surfaces included

Upmarket tile solutions complement a high-end car dealership in Auckland


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At the brand new Giltrap showroom building in Auckland, high-performance automobiles are backdropped by high-performance surfaces.

This project involved The Tile People supplying and installing a wide range of tiles in the fit-out, says director Glenn Obery.

"We worked closely with both architectural consultants Warren & Mahoney and the Giltrap Group to select quality, individual tiles in natural, understated colours that would let the high-end cars in all three showrooms stand-out," says Obery.

"Large, 600mm x 600mm matt concrete floor tiles were a significant part of the project, with 2000m2 laid in all. They're seen as a unifying element for all three showrooms and the drive-through spaces," he says. "In the latter areas, the tiles are treated with a special sealer to prevent tyre marks, should overly enthusiastic drivers accelerate between areas."

The Tile People also supplied and installed around 450m2 of 1m x 1m vein-cut travertine floor tiles in the Aston Martin showroom.

"The Lamborghini and Bentley showrooms had their own global corporate identity tiles, and we were asked to install these as well."

In addition, the tile firm supplied and installed the 600mm X 300mm Niro industrial wall tiles, in colour Anthracite, in the Giltrap building's minimalist bathrooms, along with the same concrete floor tile.

"Our tiles appear throughout this clean-lined building – we even laid basalt pavers on the level 2 balcony, along with some basalt cladding," says Obery.

The Tile People has been importing and installing tile and stone in the New Zealand market for over 18 years. The company's well-appointed showroom is located at 29 Bath Street, Parnell, Auckland.

For further details, contact The Tile People, phone (09) 303 0143. Email: Glenn Obery direct at, or alternatively head online:


First published date: 27 September 2017

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