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Entrance areas

Floors

Impressions count here. It’s the gateway to the rest of the university and the first area that many will see. It is a meeting space, a waiting area and, for reception staff, an office. It needs to be inclusive but calm, stylish but unintimidating.

Altro Ensemble is a modular floor, available in four sizes that can be arranged, or cut, into patterns to create a floor with impact. With block colour and wood-look options, the effect is welcoming, added to by its 2.6mm thickness providing comfort underfoot, but impressive. It has the added advantage of 15dB impact sound reduction, maintaining a quiet enough space for staff to work in.

To avoid prolonged downtime and adhesive odours, consider Altro Wood adhesive-free which halves installation time. With 12 colour choices and 14dB impact sound it offers comfort underfoot. If your risk assessment shows there is a high risk of a slip here, Altro Wood adhesive-free offers our one in a million slip-resistance reassurance.

Walls

Along with floors, the walls of an entrance area impact our view not only of that space but what’s beyond. Generally a large space, they can be a challenge to decorate, particularly if trying to introduce different looks or textures. As these areas are used during the holidays, as well as term time, a solution that’s easy to install is a distinct advantage.

Altro Whiterock wall designs ensure rooms can dress to impress, without compromising on durability. The natural wood, stone, linen and metal options can be used alone or combined, giving multiple design options. With no grout to deal with, installation is much faster than tiles, and their impact resistance makes them easier to maintain than paint. They fit perfectly with Altro floors and can be used with Altro Whiterock or Altro Fortis Titanium to run into adjacent areas. As you would expect from Altro Whiterock, the sheets are impact-resistant, impervious and hygienic.

General circulation areas/corridors

Floors

General circulation areas are used almost constantly - thousands of footsteps on a daily basis - so the floor needs to be durable and easy to clean. With corridors, break-out areas and reception spaces taking up the largest amount of floor space within a university or college building, prolonged down-time isn’t an option, so installation needs to be quick and straight-forward.

Altro Cantata is a soft-look adhesive-free floor that halves installation time – you can weld and walk the same day, even over fresh concrete, with no adhesive odours. It can be installed over the exiting tiles or vinyl, saving the cost and hassle of removing the existing floor. There are no rucks, no movement and Altro Cantata is guaranteed for ten years. At the end of its life the entire floor can be uplifted and reused or recycled. Available in 17 shades, it’s possible to colour-code different areas to help with way-finding.

If the installation is for a new-build, or a holiday-time refurbishment, and an adhered floor is preferred, consider Altro Orchestra, which offers 15dB impact sound reduction and comfort underfoot.

Walls

As the most regularly used areas, general circulation area walls will be constantly bumped and knocked by bags, coats, shoes and equipment trollies. As areas used by students, staff and visitors as soon as they move into the building, the walls play a major role in first impressions, and need to look good for the long term.

Dense, impervious and resistant to bumps, Altro Fortis Titanium wall sheet is designed to protect these busy, vulnerable areas. Its ten shades, which vary from classic White to bold Cardinal red, run through so, unlike paint or some alternative wall coverings, a scrape doesn’t remove the colour. Use alongside Altro Fortis Corner protection, a ready-made piece that protects the areas most susceptible to damage from regular knocks.

Student living areas – general circulation

Floors

General circulation areas within accommodation buildings will be used day and night - thousands of footsteps on a daily basis - so the floor needs to be durable and easy to clean. With many accommodation buildings used for conferences and events during the holidays, prolonged down-time isn’t an option, so installation needs to be quick and straight-forward.

Altro Wood adhesive-free creates maximum impact with minimum downtime – halving installation time - and no adhesive means no associated odours during and post installation. With 12 colour choices, 14dB impact sound reduction and a one in a million slip-resistance reassurance, it offers high levels of comfort underfoot providing a safe, durable and decorative solution for busy spaces. It is ideal for busy public spaces where disruption needs to be minimal.

If downtime isn’t an issue, or an adhered floor is preferred, Altro Wood Comfort combines a natural, homely look with safety. In addition, it offers 14dB impact sound reduction, helping prevent constant footsteps disturbing students’ study.

Student living spaces – entrance areas

Floors

An area for meeting and passing through, half of the people here will be coming in from outside, so the risk of walked in rainwater, and therefore a slip, is high. A safety floor will protect students, staff and visitors from slips. Safety shouldn’t mean a compromise on design here though.

Altro Wood adhesive-free combines a natural, homely look with safety. In addition, it offers 14dB impact sound reduction, helping prevent constant footsteps disturbing nearby rooms. With downtime an issue in this busy space, Altro Wood adhesive-free halves installation time - and no adhesive means no associated odours during and post installation.

If downtime isn’t an issue, or an adhered floor is preferred, Altro Wood Comfort combines a natural, homely look with safety. In addition, it offers 14dB impact sound reduction, helping prevent constant footsteps disturbing students’ study.

Walls

For those coming and going day to day, the entrance area welcomes them home, or sees them off to study or socialise. It’s also the first sight students and potential students will have of their new home, so first impressions count and where better to do that than with the largest area they’ll see: the walls. As with any well-used space, durability and easy-maintenance are a must.

Altro Whiterock Digiclad allows you to choose from patterns or photographic images, either from our pre-designed collection, or your own design, using a straight-forward ordering process. Durable and scratch-resistant, the chosen design will retain its looks.

Doors

Colleges and universities have a responsibility under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to ensure that students and staff are safe. Establishments have their own fire guidelines, but a common specification is a 30-minute fire resisting standard and self-closing devices for room door sets, corridor fire door sets and partitions adjoining circulation corridors.

When a fire door is needed, we offer doorsets that have been tested to BS476 Part 22: 1987 Clause 7 and have been assessed to meet either 30 minute or one-hour integrity and insulation. These are available in single, leaf and half door options. Altro Whiterock hygienic doorsets are faced with PVCu, making them tough and impact-deflective, but also hygienic and low maintenance. They are available in all shades of Altro Whiterock White, Altro Whiterock Satins and Altro Whiterock Chameleon, to match or contrast the adjacent walls. Altro Fortis door protection is hard-wearing, impact and scuff-resistant where needed most. If you want the look of Altro Whiterock on one side, with the toughness of Altro Fortis on the other, that’s no problem. Both options are available with a vision panel to comply with fire door requirements and are wipe-clean.