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North Hertfordshire College, UK

Altro provides strong and stylish combo at North Herts College

Altro Stronghold 30, Altro Whiterock White

The proven combination of Altro Whiterock hygienic wall cladding and Altro Stronghold 30 safety flooring is delivering a tough and hygienic solution in the kitchen and canteen in the £10 million refurbished campus at North Hertfordshire College.

The new-look Hitchin Campus, an award-winning design by architect Scott Brownrigg, is a modern, practical space, with a strong entrepreneurial theme. Clark Barton, Associate at Scott Brownrigg, explains why he chose the Altro package for the new kitchen and canteen. “These products are a proven combination for hygiene and robustness,” explained Clark. “The seamless, grout free Altro Whiterock provides the ultimate, practical, wipe clean surface, and it’s quick to install, and that’s very important when build timescales are tight.

“It’s also a very good looking product – clean, fresh, bright, and fits very well into design-led projects that require a modern feel without compromising on quality.

“Altro Stronghold is the ideal slip-resistant tough flooring for busy catering areas, where potential for spills and safety is a major factor. It has some great colour choices, too, so again we can use it within projects that require aesthetic appeal, as well as a practical solution. Together, these two Altro products are superb at creating the ultimate safe, practical, hygienic, yet visual appealing environment.”

Altro Whiterock Premier Installer, Blagbrough Contracts, fitted Altro Whiterock wall cladding and Altro Stronghold 30 safety flooring in the kitchen and canteen. MD John Blagbrough said: “We completed the base-build fit of the main kitchen and dining area in 2013. The biggest challenge was the timescale, it should have taken us 12 weeks, but with a huge amount of planning, organisation and co-operation we achieved it in just eight weeks.

“In this initial fit-out we installed 200m² of Altro Whiterock floor to ceiling. The product is very quick to install, so it really helped us to finish the project on time.

“The Altro Stronghold 30 in the kitchen went down on an existing floor where there was water ingress. So to overcome this we put down AltroProof Solo dpm. We created a coved skirting on the flooring, which we took up the walls by 150mm for a neat finish.”

In 2015, Blagbrough Contracts returned as part of a refit of the kitchen and to complete other catering installations. John Blagbrough commented: “The college asked us to refit the original kitchen into a teaching kitchen. This meant a total layout redesign, so we had to rip out the walls, reclad the new walls with 100m² of Altro Whiterock and put down 200m² of new Altro Stronghold 30.

Brian Sapsed, Head of Estates & Facilities for the college, commented: “The combination of Altro Stronghold safety flooring and Altro Whiterock hygienic wall cladding in the kitchen and canteen is perfect for this environment, and exactly what we wanted to achieve. It’s not only hygienic and safe, but it looks superb as well – crisp, clean and very professional."

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