ALTRO WALL & CEILING SYSTEMS
Suppliers of: Hygienic wall panels, hygienic claddings, hygienic wall lining systems, hygienic ceilings, hygienic ceiling systems, hygienic door set, hygienic doors
Altro is a world leading manufacturer and supplier of interior surfaces, founded in the UK in 1919. Our success at home and abroad is due to determined innovation. We aim to match your needs for safe and hygienic interior surfaces that are both decorative and practical. We will also support your requests with world-class design, technical and specification advice.
Altro Wall & Ceiling Systems:
Altro Whiterock Extruded uPVC is a cost-effective sheet extruded from a high quality, food safe, uPVC polymer for operating temperatures up to 60°C. It is easy to clean, impact resistant and grout-free. It meets all current EU Directives on health and hygiene and offers a cost-effective choice.
Altro Chameleon increases your design options with a fresh choice of solid colours all with a high gloss finish. With bright, vibrant tones, the desired effect is yours to create. Altro Chameleon is suitable for feature walls in shops and bars, as well as areas where you will enjoy the performance benefits of Altro Whiterock.
Altro Digiclad provides a digitally printed design facility giving you the option of bespoke design on your surfaces.
(incorporating Pastels) The grout-free, hygienic alternative to tiles.
Altro Wall Protection Systems:
Altro Fortis Titanium is constructed from highly durable uPVC semi-rigid sheet, which is dense, impervious material, resistant to bumps. It features a lightly textured surface, which camouflages scuffs, keeping the wall area looking better for longer.
For extra protection on a wall’s vulnerable corner, choose our ready-made Altro Fortis Titanium corner protection, part of the Altro Fortis system. If this isn’t right for you, there is the option for you to thermoform from Altro Fortis Titanium cut sheet.
When hygiene really matters – every detail counts. Altro Whiterock Hygienic Doorsets provide a complete PVCu-faced doorset to ensure the integrity of your hygienic, low maintenance installation.
This fully clad, custom-made option is perfect for public areas where doors are constantly in use and demand robust protection. Clad in the Altro Fortis Titanium sheet, these doorsets offer you optimum protection.
In busy public areas, clad your existing doors to protect them where they need it most, helping prevent scuff and impact damage. Simply order the standard Altro Fortis Titanium sheet, and cut it to size, fitting it to the height you need. You can also cut it down to use as kickplates and pushplates. If you prefer, we can do the hard work for you, let us know the size you require and we’ll cut it for you.
Further technical information is available on the BPi download library or via the Altro website.
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Altro Brochure Designing for Dementia
slip-resistant flooring,Creative and protective walling. Digiclad to help with wayfinding and familiarity.
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Altro Brochure Your Guide To Safety Flooring
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Altro Fortis Wall Protection Brochure
protection for walls, doors and corners; keeping your interiors safe from impact and scuff damage, and looking good for longer.
Published [09/06/15]File size [322 KB]
Altro Hygienic Wall Cladding
safety; hygiene; sustainability; wall cladding; Altro Whiterock; ceilings; doorsets
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Altro Hygienic Wall Cladding and Doorset Systems Construction UK
Altro Whiterock hygienic wall cladding
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Altro Solutions for the Food and Drink Production Industry
Hygienic flooring, hygienic walls, hygienic cladding, Hygienic ceilings
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Altro Steps To Sustainability
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Altro The Complete Solution Construction UK
Compatible flooring and wall cladding system
Published [19/06/15]File size [269 KB]
Altro Whiterock Doorsets Brochure
Published [21/03/14]File size [1650 KB]
safety; hygiene; sustainability; hygienic wall cladding; safety flooring; education; food & drink; retail; hotel; hospital
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Altro stand the test of time in historic school
The proven combination of Altro Whiterock™ wall cladding and Altro Stronghold 30™ safety flooring has been so successful in the kitchen at one of the world’s oldest schools, that after 15 years of service it’s been chosen again for a total refurbishment.
King’s Ely is a co-educational independent day and boarding school in Cambridgeshire. It was founded in 970 AD. Fifteen years ago, the school’s ‘monastic barn’ kitchen was fitted with Altro Whiterock White and Altro Stronghold 30 to provide a high level of safety, hygiene and aesthetics. More recently, in 2014, Altro Whiterock was installed around the lift shaft of a dumb waiter in the kitchen.
The school has been so happy with the long term performance of Altro Whiterock and Altro Stronghold 30 together that there was no hesitation in selecting the integrated system of compatible hygienic wall cladding and safety flooring again when the entire kitchen recently underwent a refit. As the system is fully integrated, it fits together perfectly to provide a hygienic, watertight solution for commercial kitchens.
Shirley Jolly, the school’s catering manager, says: “This is a busy commercial kitchen, which produces 1,600 meals per day with three sittings, so the flooring and wall cladding has to be hygienic, tough, durable, practical, easy to clean and have superb safety credentials. Plus of course it needs to be suitable for use in a very old building that dates back to 1375 AD.
“In addition, we are very proud of our Five Star food and hygiene rating from the Environmental Health Agency, so we are passionate about maintaining our excellent standards. Using the right products in our kitchen to help us achieve that is paramount.
“Fifteen years ago we had Altro Whiterock installed three quarters of the way up the kitchen walls, and we have been delighted with it over that time. It’s hygienic and has been very easy to maintain, just needing a regular wipe down. It’s proven to be ideal for our busy commercial kitchen. For us it’s a tried and tested product.
“So we definitely wanted to use it again for the refurbishment, but this time we wanted it floor to ceiling — giving total encapsulation. This meant that we could cover all the hard-to reach places around the doors and windows - and there are some tricky areas as this is a very old structure - to make cleaning as easy as possible and further improve hygiene.”
Shirley continues: “The Altro Stronghold 30 safety flooring was also a very good choice for us 15 years ago. As a safety flooring it’s second to none, plus it’s incredibly hard-wearing and nice looking as well. It was still in very good condition, but we decided to upgrade it with new Altro Stronghold 30 for the refit.”
Altro’s integrated floor and hygienic wall cladding system offers the best possible protection against harmful bacteria and makes cleaning and upkeep much easier. Designed to address the issues commonly found in kitchens – slips, contamination, cleaning and maintenance, the Altro system doesn’t just protect the people who use it; it also protects the environment and those responsible for the health and safety of employees and visitors.
The Altro wall cladding and flooring for the refurbishment were installed by Altro Whiterock Premier Installer Elite Interiors. Contracts co-ordinator Dave Barnard, says: “This school kitchen is the perfect example of how Altro Whiterock and Altro Stronghold 30 work together to create a long-lasting, safe and hygienic environment in commercial applications.
“These products have really stood the test of time here at King’s Ely, which is partly due to their quality, but also testament to the school’s excellent maintenance and cleaning regime. After consulting with both Altro and the client, we all agreed that for the refurbishment these products were still the best choice.”
Altro Whiterock White is the hygienic alternative to tiles that’s impact resistant, grout-free and easy to clean. Its smooth white surface and classical purity make it a timeless choice for any interior. The product is Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) approved and is made from a high-quality, food-safe PVCu polymer that can handle temperatures up to 60°C. It meets all current European Union (EU) Directives on health and hygiene. This makes it particularly suitable for use in commercial kitchens especially combined with Altro Stronghold 30.
Altro Stronghold 30 safety flooring achieves Altro’s highest rating for slip resistance, and is designed to minimise risk in wet and greasy conditions for the lifetime of the flooring. As well as helping to keep staff safe from slips, it also helps reduce their fatigue, thanks to its 3mm thickness which provides noise reduction and comfort underfoot.
“The installation of the wall cladding presented some challenges, specifically because of the age of the building,” adds Dave Barnard. “The walls especially had no flat or true surfaces, and the church-style windows with 2ft-deep recesses meant very skilled fitting of the Altro Whiterock. We had a very tight three-week window in the summer in which to complete the installation of both flooring and wall cladding. Even though the school was in recess, there were a number of students who stayed behind for summer school, so the kitchen couldn’t close for any length of time.”
The installation was overseen by the school’s clerk of works, Fred Duffield. “I am a stickler for perfection, but I have every confidence in Elite Interiors,” he says. “They completed the work in a very professional, safe and controlled manner, but with the flexibility needed to meet the inevitable challenges that arise in a project of this type.”
Shirley Jolly comments: “The new kitchen looks fantastic, and we are so pleased with the results. The whole area looks brighter and fresher, and has insured a safe, clean and hygienic kitchen for the foreseeable future.
“The Altro Whiterock wall cladding is so easy to maintain that the kitchen staff can take care of it themselves, with just a regular wipe down. The flooring is cleaned with a combination of a small rotary scrubber that can go up and down the aisles, and special mop — and it comes up like new every time.
“I think the test of a happy environment is whether the staff are taking care of it, and that is certainly true here. They are thrilled with their new kitchen and very proud to be working there.”
New Altro Fortis makes huge impact at King's College Hospital
The new Altro Fortis system is giving much-needed protection to walls and doors in high traffic areas at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in South East London.
Altro Fortis Titanium wall protection and Altro Fortis door protection have been fitted within the Ruskin Wing which, with nine floors, is the tallest building on the hospital campus. It houses many of the neurology wards and the Critical Care Unit — which means it is one of the many high traffic areas on the site, with beds and medical equipment constantly rushing through at speed.
This activity has had an inevitable impact on the doors and walls, creating scuffing, dents and more serious damage. The hospital needed a solution that would protect the doors and walls long-term, look good and be easy to clean and maintain.
The hospital’s senior projects manager, Christel Garton, says: “Altro were aware of the issues we were having with damage to the walls and doors and they suggested we try their new Altro Fortis Titanium wall cladding, and Altro Fortis door protection.
“We have used Altro here before, with great success, so I was keen to see if this new product could work for us on the walls in the entrance lobby to the Ruskin Wing, two corridors to the lift lobby, and on a double fire doorset in the general circulation area. These are very busy areas and they have really taken the brunt over the years.”
The Altro Fortis Titanium wall cladding at the hospital was installed by Absolute Interiors, an Altro Whiterock Premier Installer. Director Paul Kinggett said:
“This was our first time using new Altro Fortis Titanium, but we found just as easy to work with and fit as Altro Whiterock hygienic wall cladding. It’s quick to install, just a two-day project — one day to thermoform the product in our workshop, then one day to install.”
Altro Whiterock Premier Installer, Elite Interiors, took on the project of removing the original door set and installing the new Altro Fortis doorset, which was completed within a day onsite to minimise the down time for the hospital. The original timber corridor doors were showing signs of damage to the edges, so they were replaced with Altro’s bespoke FD60 fire doorset that has its own standalone BS 476 part 22 fire certificate. This was fully encapsulated with Altro Fortis, again in the shade Pearl, to give a more robust hygienic doorset for the hospital.
Elite Interiors Director Jason Carter says: “Altro Fortis is a good product to be used on high traffic areas were protection and infection controlled environments are necessary.”
The new Altro Fortis walls and doors have now been in place for more than six months at the hospital, and senior projects manager, Christel Garton, is delighted with the positive effect it has had on the Ruskin Wing, both in terms of damage control and aesthetics.
“Altro Fortis is proving to be the perfect solution for us, because it completely takes the worry out of how to protect doors and walls in this busy environment. It also looks superb and is very easy to clean, we just wipe it down as needed. We will definitely be using Altro Fortis again.”