ALTRO HYGIENIC 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 Hygienic Wall 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.
A range of designs tonally printed onto Altro Whiterock provides a striking etched glass effect, ideal for feature walls.
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 Whiterock Digiclad: #Altro Digiclad provides a digitally printed design facility giving you the option of bespoke design on your surfaces.
With Altro Quickclad you can construct hygienic walls and partitions quickly, simply and cost effectively.
Cost effective, decorative panel. Altro Whiterock Illusions is an extruded sheet with a translucent outer layer, unique to Altro.
(incorporating Pastels) The grout-free, hygienic alternative to tiles.
Altro Whiterock Stone combines hygiene with the look of natural stone.
Altro Hygienic Ceiling Systems:
Altro Whiterock Hygienic Ceilings meet rigorous hygiene requirements in food preparation areas. Altro Hygienic Doorsets:
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.
Further technical information is available on the BPi download library or via the Altro website.
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Altro Brochure Your Guide To Safety Flooring
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Altro Solutions for the Food and Drink Production Industry
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Altro Steps To Sustainability
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Altro Whiterock 30 Years
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Altro Whiterock Doorsets Brochure
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Altro Whiterock Hygienic wall cladding
Hygienic wall cladding; Altro Whiterock White; Altro Whiterock Satins; Altro Whiterock Illusions; Altro Whiterock Digiclad; Altro Whiterock Quickclad; Altro Whiterock Splashbacks; Altro Whiterock Chameleon; hygienic doorsets; hygienic ceilings; PVC wall cladding; durable; grout-free; impervious; impact-resistant
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Altro 'Chameleon' at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin
Beaumont Hospital, Dublin
Healing Design A Boost For Beaumont
Research has revealed that the environment surrounding a hospital patient can be a significant factor in the healing process and contribute to the speed of recovery. An holistic approach can have a positive psychological effect and play an important role in improving the patient's well-being.
The careful selection of colours, materials and lighting has also been proven to have beneficial effects on the morale of the many healthcare professionals entrusted with the care of patients.It is an approach that has been embraced by Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, one of Ireland's biggest and busiest general hospitals, as part of its on-going refurbishment programme. One element in the overall design scheme is the use of highly colourful Altro Whiterock pvc wall cladding from the 'Chameleon Collection'.
Developed to increase design options with a fresh choice of solid colours, all with a high gloss finish, Chameleon offers a range of natural colours to bright, vibrant tones.
Used in innovative stripes and custom patterns at various locations on different floor levels, the walling breaks the monotony of the corridors, protects the walls from being damaged by trolleys and so reduces the risk of contamination such as MRSA.
The impact-resistant and hygienic characteristics of Altro 'Chameleon', along with the vibrant colours such as 'Juicy Lucy', 'Eau de Chic' and 'Feng Shui', were considered highly critical in the decisionmaking process. A 10-year product warranty and the Altrosan integral biocide were important features from the hospital's perspective too.The Chameleon walling was installed in various custom designs and patterns over several months, the end result being a dramatic transformation of the whole ambience within Beaumont Hospital.
ALTRO FLOORS WALLS SET THE STANDARD FOR DEMENTIA-FRIENDLY WARDS AT SALISBURY DISTRICT HOSPITAL
A package of Altro floors and walls has been used to create an optimum environment of safety, calmness and wellbeing for dementia patients on a general ward at Salisbury District Hospital.
The improvements to Redlynch Ward are the first phase of a wider programme that will see Altro products used for future modernisation work on general wards at Salisbury District Hospital where patients with dementia may need to be treated.
Altro has developed product ranges and colours specifically designed for use with people who have dementia. This has come about through close co-operation with the University of Stirlingâ€™s renowned Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), to gain a greater understanding of how the physical environment impacts on those with dementia.
Redlynch Ward at Salisbury District Hospital comprises two separate units, and having been in use for over 20 years they were due for modernisation. Phase one of the project was to refurbish one of the units, and specifying the walls and floors to meet the variety of complex requirements was the task of the hospitalâ€™s ArtCare design team, headed up by Lesley Meaker.
â€œLife for dementia patients can be frustrating, confusing and distressing,â€ explained Lesley. â€œIt was our aim to create an environment tailored to their needs - a truly dementia-friendly ward - one that would help to minimise the stresses that they suffer and make their lives more manageable.
â€œIn refurbishing this first unit we also wanted to set a standard, a universal principle - a template - that we could replicate elsewhere in the knowledge that it is the best possible environment for mental healthcare.
â€œThe parameters for dementia healthcare environments are wide and varied and we had a whole raft of considerations. The layout of the ward is complex and potentially confusing, so our overarching aim was to improve orientation for patients and create a clear, uncluttered and easy to navigate space.
â€œFloors must to be very safe underfoot - especially when wet - slip-resistant and sparkle-free, so as not to confuse people with dementia. Colours need to be neutral, with no patterns or ambiguous designs that can potentially upset patients, and finishes must be matt and muted. There also needs to be good contrast between floors and walls.
â€œBut to make the space look less clinical and more welcoming we wanted to bring nature inside, by using natural-looking designs and products, wood effects, images of trees and flowers etc. And of course all the products need to be easy to clean and maintain long-term.
â€œThere was a lot to think about in our product selection, but one thing we were sure of right from the start was that it had to be Altro. We have used their products very successfully for many years and we were confident that their superb product quality and choice would be perfect for this project.
â€œBefore we made our final choices we shortlisted some ideas, held staff consultations, created mood boards, and generally talked to a lot of people and gathered opinions. The end result was very carefully thought through and comprised five different Altro products - each one selected for its specific qualities and strengths.â€
For the wardâ€™s main corridor, Lesley and her team specified Altro XpressLayTM safety flooring. The world's first adhesive-free, truly sustainable safety floor, Altro XpressLay contains recycled material, can be lifted and reused and is 100% recyclable after installation, and at the end of its life.
This highly durable, slip-resistant flooring is ideal for high-traffic areas and comes in a range of 42 colours, with plain or chipped options. Altro Easyclean Maxis PUR Technology ensures the product stays look good long-term.
â€œWe chose Altro XpressLay because it was so quick to install, just a few hours, and this meant we didnâ€™t have to close the other ward while the corridor was out of action,â€ said Lesley. No adhesives means a much quicker time to install Altro XpressLay, perfect for busy areas like corridors where you need to use the floor as quickly as possible. Like all Altro safety flooring, Altro XpressLay has lifetime sustained slip resistance, giving peace of mind for safety for years and years to come.
Altro Wood SmoothTM flooring was specified for the wardâ€™s main circulation area. This new wood-look smooth flooring brings warmth to any environment. It is easy to maintain and can be welded to provide a hygienic surface, making it ideal for areas where infection control and high standards of cleanliness are required.
â€œAltro Wood enabled us to create a wood-effect flooring to add a natural, warm touch to the surroundings,â€ explained Lesley. â€œWe selected two colours - Flaxen Oak and Classic Cherry - to delineate a staff area within the ward using the flooring rather than walls or barriers. It is very effective.â€
The wardâ€™s six en suite bathrooms were fitted with Altro Whiterock SatinsTM wall cladding and Altro AquariusTM safety flooring. Together they have created wet rooms that offer the ultimate in safety and hygiene and an environment best suited to the complex needs of dementia patients.
Altro Whiterock Satins is a durable, grout-free, water-tight smooth wall cladding system designed for building environments that are required to meet strict hygiene standards. The panels provide a stain-resistant, wipe-clean surface with no gaps or cracks for bacteria to hide in. It is extremely impact resistant and ideal for tough areas. The collection of 26 solid, matt colours, delivers colour schemes for all types of interiors, particularly healthcare.
Altro Aquarius is an innovative safety flooring for combined barefoot and shoe use in wet and dry environments. It is suitable for any type of shoe, including hard and soft soled, rubber and trainers.
Ideal for use in hospitals and care homes, Altro Aquarius has a palette of warm and friendly colours. The non-sparkle finish and chipped/non-chipped variants are ideal for dementia sufferers and the visually impaired.
â€œFor dementia patients, bathrooms can be very confusing and dangerous areas, so it is essential that they are safe, clearly defined and easy to use,â€ said Lesley. â€œUsing Altro Whiterock Satins for plain, non-reflective walls and Altro Aquarius for the floors - which is slip-resistant for both bare feet and shoes â€“ we have wet rooms that are ideal for patients and staff.
â€œIn addition, we have used Altro Whiterock to replace the windowsills, to make them easier to clean, and because of the pale and neutral colours of the products, the bathrooms are very light.â€
Lesley Meaker and her team chose Altro Whiterock DigicladTM wall cladding to turn a single room on the ward into a communal living space. â€œWe wanted to create an area that was welcoming, homely and appealing, and we realised that we could put a range of images and designs directly onto Altro Whiterock Digiclad to achieve the desired effect,â€ Lesley said.
â€œWe chose two images; the first was similar to wallpaper â€“ in an abstract design. The others were nature scenes, local landscapes. The ward has four sub-wards, and each one has a theme â€“beaches, meadows, spas and woodland. We also used the same design in three single bedrooms. Overall the effect is superb, colourful and very original.â€
Altro Whiterock Digiclad offers the option of digitally printed design on wall surfaces, creating impactful and creative graphics. This is achieved by reproducing a photographic image or Vector Art over a whole wall. Using 2.5mm thick Altro Whiterock as its medium, the hard-coat technology of Altro Whiterock Digiclad has scratch-resistant properties for added surface protection. This makes it ideal for environments where durability is paramount.
Altro Premier Installer Rudge Brothers & James were awarded the contract to install the Altro products. Director Jim Heal said: â€œThis was a great project - it took four of us six weeks on and off to complete, working around other contractors on site.
â€œThere was a bit of problem-solving involved as well. The hospital has suffered from drainage problems in their bathrooms because the floor is too flat. We suggested that for this refurbishment we trial a method we have developed to create a false drop in the floor using latex around the edges of the bathroom, so that water drains into the middle.
â€œWe completed one bathroom to see if it worked, and it was completely successful, so we used the same method on the remaining five bathrooms. We then installed Altro Aquarius on the floors and Altro Whiterock on the walls. We also used Altro Whiterock Chameleon as splashbacks around sinks.
â€œIt was also the first time we have laid new Altro Wood flooring. A great-looking product and very easy and pliable to work with.â€
The main contractor for the project was RG Spiller. Site Manager Lee Durrant commented: â€œRudge Brothers & James were selected because of their experience with Altro and their ability to install both Altro floors and walls, so we only needed one contractor on site. They worked well with our construction team and were very professional and efficient, completing the work on time.â€
Lesley Meaker added: â€œWe have had some fantastic feedback about the new unit. Staff have commented that itâ€™s lovely to see patients congregating and chatting happily in the new communal area, rather than sitting alone on the ward.
â€œPatients have also emailed us to say how amazing the environment is now, and VIPs and visitors have responded very positively. We are delighted with the results â€“ we achieved exactly what we set out to do.
â€œAltroâ€™s expertise in designing products for these specialist environments has given us the ability to create what we feel is the benchmark for future projects. We are now looking forward to using the same principles to modernise the second unit, and we are also hoping to refurbish a hospice with Altro products.â€