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Malvern Fire Station

Altro brings Malvern fire station up to speed

AltroCrete PU Fast-Track, Altro Walkway 20, Altro Aquarius, Altro Whiterock

A wide range of Altro flooring and wall cladding has been used in the newly re-constructed Malvern Fire Station, helping to create a facility that can withstand the demands of modern fire-fighting, and an aesthetically-pleasing working environment.

The fire station needed to be upgraded on all counts, as Alan Jones, Capital Projects Manager at Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, explained. “The building failed to meet operational needs, necessitating redesign and investment. It had also reached the end of its economic life with many failing elements; these included wall and floor finishes throughout.

“We had no hesitation in selecting Altro for the flooring and walling for the project. I have specified Altro before on a number of similar construction projects and they have proven ideal in terms of quality, service and product appearance.

“We wanted a resin floor for the appliance bay, so we worked closely with Altro and the resin flooring contractor, Flo-Dek, to help select the right product for this important scheme.

“We chose AltroCrete PU Fast-Track resin flooring. The appliance bay is a busy testing area that gets a great deal of wear and tear, so the floor needed to be tough, safe underfoot in both wet and dry conditions and very durable. We have used AltroCrete PU before in other fire stations and it has proven very successful for this environment. It has the added benefit of providing a floor which is aesthetically pleasing.”

For the new station’s kitchen, showers and locker rooms, Alan Jones and his team selected Altro Whiterock White wall cladding. “This is a superb product because it’s practical and very low maintenance,” said Alan.

Alan Jones continued: “For the floors in the showers, we chose Altro Aquarius safety flooring because we wanted a surface that was hard-wearing, safe underfoot in all conditions, comfortable, attractive and easy to clean. It’s a very modern-looking product with some great colours.”

For the new fire station’s communal areas, stairs and corridors, Alan Jones specified Altro Walkway 20. “This is a great safety flooring – tough, long-lasting and with a good colour range to choose from,” he said. “We selected ‘Midnight’ to complement the colour scheme of the new station.”

Dave Cope, Director of Flo-Dek (UK) Ltd, oversaw the installation of the AltroCrete PU resin flooring in the stations’ new appliance bay. “The installation went very well. Using AltroCrete PU Fast-Track means a much-reduced installation time, without any compromise on quality.”

The safety flooring at the new station was installed by Alto Flooring. Director Russell Simon said: “We have 20 years experience of laying Altro flooring. It’s a very popular brand, and with good reason. Altro flooring is vey easy to work with and the end result looks impressive.”

MG Duff installed the Altro Whiterock at Malvern Fire Station. “As an Altro Whiterock Premier Installer we are committed to Altro Whiterock and specialise in putting it into a wide range of applications, such as schools and kitchens,” said Estimator Barry Stevens.

“Altro Whiterock is undoubtedly the best of its kind. The combination of reliability and guaranteed quality and support makes it unique and highly cost effective.

Managing Director of Spectus Construction, Andy Griffiths, commented: “Alan Jones and Altro specified this project very well – selecting products that would be practical and hardwearing, as well as those that would complement the design and colour scheme of the new building.

“The installation of flooring and wall cladding was carried out very professionally by companies we know and trust to deliver a superb finish. The appliance bay in striking red resin looks especially impressive. Overall it’s a great-looking job.

Alan Jones added: “We are very happy with our new station. I would have no hesitation in recommending AltroCrete PU for similar applications and we are already specifying it on three more projects.”

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