February 2016

Altro door solutions: customised for you

Whether you are working on a new build or refurbishment, Altro will support you every step of the way. Altro doorsets can be customised to your needs, so whether it’s hygiene or durability that’s a priority, we have a solution for you.

When hygiene is essential, Altro Whiterock hygienic doorsets are ideal. As you would expect from Altro Whiterock products, they have an easy to clean and impervious surface and huge choice of colours. Flush vision panels provide a smooth surface that leaves nowhere for dust or dirt to get trapped. They are perfect for areas that need to adhere to the strictest hygiene regulations. Combined with our large portfolio of Floor products the Altro Whiterock hygienic wall cladding system is a perfect choice for hygiene critical areas such as kitchens and hospitals.

Corridors and high traffic areas take a beating – but your doors don’t have to. With excellent impact performance Altro Fortis door protection provides a durable solution for the toughest environments. Combined with Altro Fortis Titanium wall protection system, they will keep your high traffic areas looking good for longer, whether it’s a hospital, school or busy shopping centre.

A bit of both
Have a hygienic area that leads into a high traffic area? No need to worry – Altro can provide a customised door that combines Altro Whiterock hygienic doorsets with Altro Fortis door protection. Two faces – one door. Providing hygiene and durability where you need it most.

One size does not fit all. Altro provide bespoke doors that meet your specific requirements. We have a broad selection of choice and accessories that will meet your specific needs* and with expert technical support to guide you every step of the way

*Please note there could be a 4 - 6 week production time for these products, depending on specification and quantity of doors required; if you have any queries or would like to discuss specific delivery dates please do not hesitate to contact us.
Posted: 18/02/2016 00:00:00 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments

Altro named one of the country’s best companies to work for – again

Letchworth Garden City-based Altro Ltd, have been ranked 81 in the coveted Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for rankings, making the top 100 for the 9th time.

Altro is a family-owned manufacturer of flooring and wall cladding systems for construction and transport.

The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work for list is the annual ranking of ‘the cream of Britain's happy and motivated workforces’.  With over 1,000 companies registered to take part, it is considered the most extensive research into employee engagement carried out in the UK.

Altro’s 350 UK employees were invited to take part in the survey, which asked questions about how they feel about the support they receive from the company, their training and development and their opportunities for career growth, amongst others.  The company scored highly in all areas with particularly high scores when employees were asked about their team, well-being, personal growth and how they rate their manager.

Richard Kahn, CEO Floors and Walls, Altro Ltd says: “We are a family-owned business with family values and it has always been our ethos to put our people first and to work closely together.  We have a fantastic group of people at Altro and we do what we can to ensure they are happy in their work and in their workplace. We’re delighted to be recognised for this by the Sunday Times. The 100 Best Companies to Work for list is compiled using feedback directly from employees and for me, that’s the most important factor. It means we’re getting it right.”

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Posted: 26/02/2016 00:00:00 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments

Recofloor sets new vinyl flooring collection record

In 2015, Recofloor, the vinyl-take back scheme that Altro are proud to be co-founder members of, collected 508 tonnes of material for recycling into flooring or other products. This is the second year in a row that the scheme has exceeded the 500 tonnes mark.

508 tonnes is a new annual collection record for Recofloor, which has 650-plus members throughout the UK and Ireland. Congratulations go to distributors who contributed 213 tonnes (42%) to last year’s total, contractors, with nearly 178 tonnes (35%) and construction projects which generated just over 28 tonnes.  Recycling, versus landfilling, waste vinyl flooring can reduce collectors’ waste disposal costs by up to 70% and also benefits the environment, so there are multiple benefits to taking part.

We’ll be celebrating this and landmark collection amount plus other achievements of contractors, distributors and construction companies at the 5th annual Recofloor Awards on 3 March in at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United. Tickets to this free event are available at: http://www.recofloor.org/recofloor-awards/

Posted: 15/02/2016 00:00:00 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments

Who are we working for?

We all know the importance of getting the right solution for the right people to make sure they’re safe. This can be as simple as choosing the right specialist safety flooring to prevent slips in risky areas like a kitchen. Sometime though, it’s more complicated.

The number of people with dementia in the UK has reached 850,000 and it’s suggested that, assuming no public health intervention, this number will be over 2 million by 2051. We know that dementia affects memory but symptoms also have an impact on visual perception. Choosing surroundings that won’t exacerbate these symptoms, and play a role in alleviating them, makes a huge difference to living well with dementia. The ever-growing number of people affected means that installations should be designed with this in mind. We’ve done a lot of work in this area and are members of the Dementia Action Alliance. In short, we can help.

When developing new shades for Altro Suprema and Altro Aquarius, we worked with the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) and architect Liz Fuggle. Liz highlighted some of the visual problems some people with dementia have. Some of these can also affect the aging eye. They include

  • Less ability to discriminate textures
  • Shiny surfaces appearing wet
  • Patterned surfaces causing illusions
  • Dark surfaces and shadows appearing to be holes
  • Less ability to see depth and contrast
  • Difficulty identifying and describing different objects
  • Difficulty seeing in 3D - rooms appearing flat
  • Images from television appearing to be in the room

So, how do we avoid making these symptoms worse and create somewhere that feels safe when specifying appropriate flooring and wall cladding? We’re happy to talk through any project or query you have but we have also developed some straight-forward guidelines, including a colour and product-selector chart, which you can find here.

You can also download our brochure creating communities for all; designing for dementia and older people.

We’ve summarised this information so that you can see our suggestions for best practice at a glance. This fits with the recommendations outlined in the Department of Health's Health Building Note 08-02, Dementia-friendly Health and Social Care Environments. Just visit the dementia section of our website for more information on any of these areas, or give us a call.

  • Use slip-resistant flooring
  • Use sparkle-free flooring
  • Always choose flooring with a Pendulum Test Value (PTV) of ≥36, which offers a one in a million chance of slipping for the lifetime of the flooring.
  • In wet environments, avoid overly textured flooring that could hurt sensitive bare feet
  • Avoid steps or the misperception of steps due to reflection or patterns in general areas that those with dementia may negotiate alone
  • Use flooring and wall solutions to create a calm, welcoming, homely appearance
  • Use art and wall cladding to aid familiarity and help with way-finding as well as make people feel welcome, offering a pleasant and enjoyable stay
  • Ensure the colours of walls, doors, floors and ceilings contrast to demark them unless trying to conceal an entrance, for example, to a service corridor or kitchen
  • Ensure the Light Reflectance Value (LRV) of walls, flooring and any other critical surfaces, differs by at least 30 points
  • Consider few colours in one area to avoid creating confusing surroundings
  • Consider a hygienic, impervious system such as Altro Aquarius and Altro Whiterock Satins for wet environments, or Altro Stronghold 30 and Altro Whiterock White or Altro Whiterock Satins for kitchens
Posted: 24/02/2016 15:34:12 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments