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Malvern Fire Station

Altro brings Malvern Fire Station up to speed

Altro Aquarius, Altro Walkway 20, Altro Whiterock

A wide range of Altro floors and walls 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."

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

Altro Whiterock White is impact resistant, grout-free and easy to clean. It is made from a high-quality, food-safe PVCu polymer that can handle temperatures up to 60°C, and meets all current EU Directives on health and hygiene.

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 colors.”

Altro Aquarius was developed for lasting performance in wet and dry, with shoes or barefoot. Like all Altro safety flooring, it offers sustained slip resistance for the lifetime of the product, keeping your risk of a slip to just 1 in a million. It's a 2mm safety floor that has been extensively tested on a variety of shoe types to ensure top performance in a host of environments – bathrooms, changing areas, shower areas, spas and more. It's also easy to clean, with Altro Easyclean Maxis PUR technology.

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 color range to choose from,” he said. “We selected ‘Midnight’ to complement the color scheme of the new station.”

Altro Walkway 20 is a hugely popular hard-wearing, 2mm safety flooring, providing lifelong slip and abrasion resistance. Additional benefits include chemical and indentation resistance, which adds to its excellent durability and PUR cleanability.

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. We had to work closely with other installers and of course the main contractor, Spectus, and everyone co-operated very well. Altro flooring is very 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 specialize 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 color scheme of the new building. The installation of flooring and wall panels were 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."

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