Antique floorboards


20th century

  • £114.00
  • €124 Euro
  • $140 US Dollar

United Kingdom

Hoarde Vintage Member since 2018
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We have 65 square metres of this rare and character-rich flooring that was reclaimed from The Commonwealth Institute - an iconic London building designed by Robert Matthew of Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners.

The building was opened in 1962 by Queen Elizabeth II and showcased the trade among commonwealth countries. In 2002 the Commonwealth Institute was closed, although it was listed Grade II by English Heritage which regarded it as the second most important modern building in London after the Royal Festival Hall.

Only a small budget was set aside by the UK Government for the building's construction which meant members of the Commonwealth were asked to contribute materials to help move things along. Canada's contribution to the project was this attractive timber.

The timber which is marked 'Seaboard' for the Seaboard Lumber Co of Vancouver, one of British Columbia's main logging companies in 1962. All this wood is believed to be prime quality first growth irreplaceable indigenous forest timber.

We also have 'matching boards' available in this same wood which are ideal applications including cabins, garages and sheds; panelling, walls, top layer flooring and a whole range of other applications.

As you can see from the images, these boards connect using a lap joint.

The square sample board shows the board sanded with one clear coat of Osmo Oil.


17.7cm Width x 2.5cm Thickness x 3meters

Prices include VAT and is per square meter


20th century

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Jason and Nadine Davies are the owners of The Architectural Forum Ltd, which was established in 1988 and has since strived to offer the best architectural salvage at a very competitive price. We are proud to offer honest, friendly advice and assistance, whatever you may be looking for.

At The Architectural Forum, we are very conscious of the importance of reclaiming and salvaging, and the positive impact on our global resources and environment. We believe it is imperative to reclaim, refurbish and re-use as much as possible, as this puts less pressure on resources and stops the items simply going to landfill. With our emphasis on refurbishing and restoring, we are proud to be preserving the valuable skills of yesteryear, and giving antique items a second life and a chance to be appreciated by future generations.

On the surface, the process of salvaging parts from an old building can seem relatively straightforward, but it is often a very challenging and pressured task, full of complications! Once onsite, Jason and the team often have very little time to recognise and remove the key pieces that are of salvageable and saleable condition. Sometimes, as beautiful and historically interesting as they may be, pieces cannot be saved as they would take far too long to restore, or take too much room in storage.

Once the salvage is removed, they are taken to one of our premises for restoration. Restoration and refurbishment of all iron items, including cast iron fireplace inserts, fixtures and fittings, and cast iron radiators, is done at our Southgate Road workshop. Reclaimed stonework is repaired by Architectural Forum's in-house mason. Wooden items are repaired and re-polished, and some may be repurposed or re-crafted into a new item. Old, redundant, Victorian window frames, for example, are up-cycled into charming, large mirrors by glazing them with new mirror glass.

Architectural Forum also has a network of specialist craftspeople who can assist in the restoration of other items, for instance, replacing broken globe lanterns in early Victorian street lamps.

We have been involved in some pretty spectacular salvage jobs, including removals from the British Museum, Tate Britain, the Tower of London and several prestigious London houses. Jason, along with Ted, from our sister company V&V Reclamation, took part in the salvaging of architectural pieces from the Baltic Exchange which is now home to the Gherkin. This turned out to be the largest salvage of any building in Europe since the original London Bridge was sold to Arizona in 1967

Come and visit us at our warehouse in Ware, Hertfordshire.

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