Whittington Hospital, UK

Altro brings enhanced protection to Whittington Hospital

Altro Fortis TitaniumAltro Whiterock, Altro Suprema

A range of Altro flooring and wall cladding is being used at Whittington Health in north London, to help create a more relaxing, visually-appealing space in the new Rapid Assessment Unit, and provide enhanced protection in the Emergency Department (ED).

Whittington Health provides general hospital and community services to 500,000 people living in north London. Eighteen months ago, the Trust opened a Rapid Assessment Unit, which is helping to improve triage for the ED.

The project used Altro safety flooring and hygienic wall cladding to create a contemporary, colourful and more relaxing space for patients, while also providing the highest levels of safety, hygiene and reliability.

Architect Levitt Bernstein was tasked with designing the new facility. Project architect Ben Monteagle specified bold colours to create a contemporary feel.

“We used a combination of different types of Altro Whiterock wall cladding to create striking effects and feature walls in a blue and green theme. We had a tight budget, and this proved a very cost-effective choice of products.

“Each room in the unit has a feature wall, which we created using a combination of Altro Whiterock Chameleon wall cladding in a striking acid green, and Altro Whiterock Satins in a dark and pale blue. We specified white Altro Whiterock White for the other three walls in each room.

“The Altro Whiterock range offers superb flexibility and scope for design, especially in clinical areas where hygiene is paramount, and the different Altro Whiterock ranges complement each other perfectly. The colour palettes are very exciting, and the seamless, solid sheet means they are easy to clean and very robust too.” 

Altro Whiterock wall cladding is a cost-effective, 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. It also meets current EU Directives on health and hygiene.

Altro Whiterock Chameleon offers vibrant solid colours, or more natural tones, in a high gloss finish, allowing for bold designs or more muted interiors in a variety of customer-facing environments.

Altro Whiterock Satins offers a palette of 26 satin shades — from brights and bolds for high impact, to neutral for an understated look.

Ben Monteagle adds: “We chose Altro Suprema for the floors in the Rapid Assessment Unit for great colour choice and proven reliability and practicality.”

Whittington Health Assistant Director of Estates, Mike Veale, says: “Our vision for the Rapid Assessment Unit was for a modern, homely space, full of colour, that could be both relaxing and stimulating visually.

“The Altro Whiterock has certainly helped us to achieve all this, and it’s been used to create some very exciting designs. I particularly like the gloss Altro Whiterock Chameleon, it adds another dimension. The vivid colours are superb, and it’s still as shiny as the day it was installed. Used together with the Altro Whiterock Satins and Altro Whiterock White, it’s very effective. The acid green Altro Whiterock Chameleon is my favourite — it really pops.

“Initially, we made the mistake of painting one of the rooms, but we realised later that Altro wall cladding would look much better, so we went back and installed it. That was a good decision.

“Altro is certainly our product range of choice — it meets all our needs both clinically and visually. We are keen to create an environment in which patients feel cared for, safe, relaxed and happy. Altro’s flooring and walling gives us the flexibility to be creative, while also meeting stringent clinical criteria. We will continue to use Altro throughout the hospital.”

The Trust is also using Altro’s brand new tough walling system - Altro Fortis Titanium - throughout the Emergency Department, to solve the problem of damaged walls.

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.

Available in ten colours, including muted and vibrant shades, Altro Fortis Titanium matches many of the popular shades from the Altro Whiterock Satins hygienic wall cladding range. This offers flexibility when it comes to design, making it a versatile solution across a range of areas. Plus the colour runs throughout, reducing the visibility of knocks or scrapes.

With an impervious, easy-to-wipe surface, Altro Fortis Titanium improves cleanability which is a major advantage within its recommended application areas.

Whittington Health Estates Officer, Jerry Burrell, says: “Altro Fortis Titanium was a great choice for us. The product is very resistant to scrapes and bumps and doesn’t show any marks. It looks good too, so it’s more than just functional. For these high traffic, general areas, Altro Fortis is proving the ideal wall covering.” 

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