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Ulster Carpets acquires design-led Alternative Flooring

Ulster Carpets has announced the acquisition of Alternative Flooring.

An iconic independent British brand, Alternative Flooring is an ethically conscious designer and supplier of high-quality flooring with a quirky twist. The Hampshire-based company will now join the range of complementary flooring companies within the successful Ulster Carpets Group.

The acquisition further underlines Ulster Carpets’ belief in high quality, design-led, customer-focused UK businesses.

David Acheson, Ulster’s Strategic Development Director, said, “We believe that the Ulster Carpets Group is a fitting home for Alternative Flooring in terms of culture, outlook and ambition. Alternative will remain an independent, autonomous brand within the Ulster Carpets Group, but with the added expertise and resources to strengthen its capability, service, and product range. It is good news for Alternative’s valued customers, key suppliers, and exceptional employees.”

For more than 25 years, Alternative Flooring has been providing flooring to fall in love with, with a focus on inspiring people to express their personality through colour, pattern, and texture. The company’s award-winning flooring products are ethically sourced, and its Make Me A Rug programme allows any design to be turned into a rug that is hand finished to an exceptional standard at its Hampshire base.

Chris Brammall, retiring Chairman of Alternative Flooring, said, “We are enormously proud of what we have achieved since taking over Alternative Flooring. Securing a bright future for the Alternative brand, together with its employees, customers, and key suppliers, was a major factor in deciding the most suitable home for its next phase of development. This acquisition gives Alternative the opportunity of reaching its considerable potential.”

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Project Planner

We are currently looking for a Project Planner to join our team in London.

The Project Planner will be responsible for all aspects of planning custom projects from calculation of initial quantities to producing seaming diagrams for approval and final installation diagrams.

Working in conjunction with Sales, Design and the Project Manager the main objective will be to plan projects as efficiently as possible, taking into account weaving widths, design repeats and customer requirements of final installation.

The role will involve carrying out site surveys as required and also business travel abroad.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Liaise with Sales, Design and the Project Manager at project inception to establish and advise on weaving widths, design repeats and technical limitations
  • Read and quantify plans
  • Calculate best weaving widths and pile direction
  • Draft drawings for customer approval, design completion, warehouse checking and final installation
  • Compile project control sheets
  • Carry out site surveys as required
  • Compile uniweave projects
  • Create room layouts for customer approval
  • Liaise with the relevant personnel throughout all stages of the planning process updating on progress as required
  • Ensure all planning processes are carried out to meet project timelines for approvals and production
  • Ensure all planning processes are completed to the correct standard to enable projects to be entered accurately and efficiently by other internal departments
  • Liaise with the Planning Department in Portadown as required
  • Provide onsite installation advice / assistance when required

Additional Responsibilities for all Employees:

  • Adhere to Company Health & Safety Regulations at all times
  • Ensure implementation of the Company Equal Opportunities Policy at all times
  • Ensure all procedures are adhered to and a high level of Customer Service is maintained
  • Provide flexibility in supporting other departments as and when required
  • Comply with the Environmental Management ISO 14001 & Quality Management ISO 9001 systems
  • Carry out any other duties as deemed necessary and reasonable by management


  • GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and English at Grade C or above
  • Previous experience in and competent use of AutoCAD and associated AutoDesk software
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to work on own initiative
  • IT literate to include Microsoft Office applications, particularly Excel
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work to deadlines and prioritise a number of work demands
  • Attention to detail
  • Professional and approachable
  • Customer focused
  • Ability to travel to HQ, Portadown, Co. Armagh for initial training and ongoing training. Initial training approx. 2 weeks.


  • Design or Construction related qualification
  • AutoCAD Qualification e.g. City & Guilds
  • Previous experience in a planning related role
  • Previous use of AutoCAD Release 17 / 18

If you would like to join the team please e-mail your CV specifying how you meet the criteria to or by post to:

The Monitoring Officer,

Ulster Carpets,

Castleisland Factory,


BT62 1EE.


Applicants must also demonstrate their right to work in the UK.


In accordance with our Equal Opportunities Policy, Ulster Carpets particularly welcomes applications from Catholics, Women and Disabled people who are currently under-represented in our workforce. The company is committed to selection on merit.

Minister Hamilton Congratulates Ulster Carpets on new UAE deal

Ulster Carpets has today welcomed Minister for the Economy Simon Hamilton MLA to our Dubai Office. The Minister congratulated Ulster on our latest high profile export deal to the region.

Minister Hamilton said: “This latest deal in Dubai with a luxury five star resort on The Palm, demonstrates just how much the quality of Northern Ireland produce is appreciated here.

“The hotel business in UAE is a growing market, with demand for quality, high-end products. Invest NI has been working with a number of Northern Ireland companies to help them win business with hotels here – from new carpets, to linen and foods. Northern Ireland also had a presence at The Hotel Show in Dubai last month, for the first time, with companies such as Ulster Carpets showcasing their world class offerings.”

Scott Hanna from Ulster Carpets said: “We are delighted to have secured this high profile contract with an international chain to carpet a luxury 5 star resort on The Palm. We have worked with local interior designers and the hotel to develop breath-taking designs which will be revealed when the hotel opens in early 2017.

“This is the latest in a long list of prestigious contracts for Ulster Carpets in the Gulf Region, including the Burj Al Arab Dubai, the Sofitel Dubai Downtown, the Hilton Suites, the Marriott, the Conrad and the Hilton Convention of the Jabal Omar Development in Makkah KSA.”

Domotex 2016

Domotex 2016 took place last month in Hannover, Germany.  With 45,000 visitors in attendance from over 100 countries, it is one of the largest carpet and floor covering shows in the world.  Ulster Carpets was one of 1,441 exhibitors which came from 59 different countries.  In conjunction with Danfloor, who are part of the Ulster Group, we had an impressive stand which showcased all of the products from Ulsters bespoke axminster carpets to Danfloors tufted ranges.

Ulster Carpets at Domotex 2016
Ulster Carpets at Domotex 2016

With the show being described as ‘an unrivaled source of momentum for the global floor coverings industry’ (Dr Jocken Kockler, Deutsche Messe Managing Board member in charge of Domotex), we couldn’t miss this opportunity to encourage sales, discover emerging trends and share customers with Danfloor.  This year we had a larger stand than previously, allowing more visitors to come and go.  We were extremely busy throughout the four days, in particular visitors were very interested in the striking installation shots of our recent projects, especially the Sofitel Dubai.  We appreciate that Domotex is a fantastic opportunity to gain new customers and develop relationships with our existing customers, we are already looking forward to Domotex 2017!

Ulster Carpets at Domotex 2016
Ulster Carpets at Domotex 2016



Month 3 – Time Lapse Video

Work continued until mid November 2015 to complete the foundations for the new Dyehouse.  With 2,700 metres of concrete piling there is 68 tonne of reinforcing steel and 648 cubic metres of concrete poured into the ground beams and ‘holding down’ bolts for the main steel structure.

The erecting of the 176 tonne steel structure has been at a dramatic pace with completion of this in the next few days, following which preparations will start for the pouring of the concrete for the mezzanine floor.

We have captured the progress with time-lapse photography and you can view the third video on both our Contract (News / Latest News) & Residential (Blog / Sustainability) websites.  It can also be found through links on the social media feeds for Facebook & Twitter.
There are also still images showing the progress of the foundations on our Contract (Sustainability/New Developments) & Residential (About / Profile/Dye House) websites.

Enjoy the third video from the 1st phase of the new investment in the complete regeneration of all manufacturing and support facilities.

Don’t forget to keep up to date with our time lapse photography here.

Credits: Aidan Monaghan Photography

HD Expo Show 2015

Topographical maps and Dogwood flowers are the inspiration behind Ulster’s stunning display at the HD Expo Show in Las Vegas. Each May, the three-day event brings together over 7,000 designers, architects, owners, developers, specifiers and purchasers with more than 900 hospitality exhibitors. Attendees come to see the latest trends, source products, network and meet icons of industry. Exhibitors come to share their latest, most innovative products and services within the industry.

Ulster is always honoured to be present at such prestigious exhibitions and we are very excited to unveil our contemporary and vibrant booth as well showcase our design capabilities.

Please visit us at Booth 4133 to see this stunning design translated into an incredible HD axminster carpet. We look forward to welcoming all visitors to the stand.



HD Expo Show 2015
NEWH – The Hospitality Industry Network