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Royal Cornwall Hospital

Royal Cornwall uses new adhesive-free flooring for busy corridor

Altro Cantata, Altro Fortis Titanium

Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro (Treliske) is the biggest hospital in Cornwall, providing emergency and specialist healthcare. The Emergency Department is based at Royal Cornwall Hospital alongside critical care facilities, high-tech operating theatres, maternity services, cancer care, pain clinics and a wide range of outpatient services from eyes, ears and skin to specialist therapies. There are also excellent education and training facilities.

With a hospital of this size, it is not surprising that the corridors are busy and well used 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hospital corridor needed updating and required a durable solution to withstand the high footfall and wheeled traffic in the area. Additionally, there was very limited time to install a new floor and walls system, so the hospital needed a quick to install floor.

Duncan Clift, Estates Project Manager from the RCHT Estates Department at Royal Cornwall Hospital, said: “I had been informed there was a new product coming to the market that had all the benefits of Altro XpressLay. I have had reservations about using Altro XpressLay in the past, that it would move and cause problems. I decided that this was the area to try it. If it stayed in place here it would stay in place anywhere around our hospital.

“The installation went smoothly and it looks great. Most importantly, it doesn’t move and stays in place even with trolleys and wheeled traffic.”

Nathan Campling, Eden Flooring & Interiors installed Altro Cantata and Altro Fortis Titanium. “Altro Cantata is easy to install and has a lovely finish. It’s perfect for hospitals, schools and anywhere you need a fast-track solution. The support from Altro was excellent as always.”

New Altro Cantata is a decorative, adhesive-free floor that creates maximum impact with minimum downtime. Using Altro’s awardwinning adhesive-free installation method, it can be welded and walked on the same day, and at the end of its life removed easily, allowing it to be reused or recycled. Altro Cantata is easy to clean and maintain, and will retain its looks for the lifetime of the floor.

Altro Cantata has been combined with Altro Fortis Titanium wall protection. Altro Fortis Titanium has been specifically designed to provide protection from the bags, feet, equipment and trolleys that take their toll on walls in busy public areas. It features a lightly textured surface, which camouflages scuffs, keeping the wall area looking better for longer.

The hospital chose complementary shades of grey for floors and walls to create a sophisticated and aesthetically-pleasing environment.

Duncan concludes: “The main benefits are that with so many changes around the hospital this gives us the opportunity to salvage and reuse the flooring in other areas. It is also easier and quicker to carry out repairs around the hospital without the need for adhesive, just cut out the bad area and weld in a new bit. I also like it that it is also more environmentally friendly and can be fully recycled. We are now looking to replace the whole of our street corridor with this product but the colour will be Altro Cantata Wicked green so it works with the green theme of the Trelawny building.”

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