The following article has been taken from Building Hope - How companies in the construction industry are helping charity CRASH offer disadvantaged people a path out of homelessness.
As well as high-end schemes, homelessness projects around the UK are being fitted with visually appealing, quality flooring donated by CRASH supporter Altro
Altro's safety flooring is usually found in high-end environments, like Arsenal's Emirates Stadium or Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. However, a string of homelessness projects have also been clad by the world-leading specialist manufacturer and supplier of safety flooring and wall cladding, thanks to the firm's involvement in CRASH.
The UK family-owned business has donated safety flooring and specialist technical advice to CRASH since 2007, enabling various homelessness centres to benefit from its robust, durable and attractive floor covering. Within the last two years, Altro has provided flooring for the kitchens, bathrooms and circulation areas of 13 different projects that CRASH has supported, including St Paul's Homes in Salisbury, the Sheffield Jesus Centre and Winchester Churches Night Shelter.
Richard Kahn, chief executive of Altro, explains why the firm supports CRASH projects. "I feel that it's important that we give something back to the industry that we work in. CRASH supports homeless people and helps them rebuild their lives, a positive thing that we are proud to support".
The Sheffield Jesus Centre moved into the former Methodist Hanover Centre in Broomhall in 2011 and as part of the preparations for the building's new use, Altro supplied its Altro Timbersafe II safety flooring to clad the main lounge area. The material has an attractive wood finish effect and is ideal for heavily trafficked areas where spills may create a slip hazard. The range includes nine different finishes and can be used to satisfy both safety and aesthetic requirements.
The CRASH supporter also supplied its Altro Timbersafe II for the bathrooms and kitchens of the newly refurbished one-bedroom flats at St Paul's Homes in Salisbury (see pages 4-5). The timber effect safety flooring complements the historic interiors of the grade-II listed buildings.
At Winchester Churches Night Shelter, Altro supplied 135m² of safety flooring to cover its kitchen, dining area and bathrooms.
"Altro has been fantastic and very generous," says Michele Price, manager at the Winchester Churches Night Shelter. "This was their second large donation of flooring to us and we are very fortunate as we could never have afforded such a quality product ourselves".
Ali McKay, catering co-ordinator at Winchester Churches Night Shelter, agrees and is equally pleased. She uses the kitchen and dining area on a regular basis and says the new flooring has made a huge difference to her working life. "Thanks to the generosity of Altro, our kitchen and dining room are vastly improved, hygienic and easier to clean."
You can find out more about the work CRASH do at their website here, or you can download a PDF version of Building Hope to read about the other projects taking place here.