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Kaimes School

Slip-resistant and homelike surfaces for students and staff

Altro Wood adhesive-free, Altro Wood Comfort

Altro Wood adhesive-free flooring was recently chosen for Kaimes School in Edinburgh, setting a high standard for easy-to-install, slip-resistant and homelike surfaces for students and staff. The installation was part of a wider refurbishment of the school by the City of Edinburgh Council, and integral to their initiative to reduce sensory overload in primary and secondary schools by using ‘natural’ neutral colors and textures.

A spokesperson from the Interiors team at Edinburgh Council provided the following statement: “We worked closely with Altro on Kaimes School, and they recommended their Altro Wood adhesive-free flooring for several reasons. The biophilic design principles of bringing nature into schools have been proven to aid learning, promote calm and improve mood among students. Using a wood-effect flooring is a great way to create that atmosphere, and this is why we chose Altro Wood adhesive-free. It’s a beautiful, homey and comfortable surface that also has very high slip resistance. It ticks all the boxes for us.”

“The feedback from pupils, staff and visitors has been nothing but positive, and the flooring is proving practical too. It is easy to clean and it looks as good as it did when it was installed six months ago,” stated Nick Burge, headmaster of Kaimes School.

The Edinburgh Council Interiors team also specified two other Altro products for Kaimes School. Altro Wood Comfort was fitted in the primary school classrooms, to accommodate students dealing with behavioral challenges. This 2.85mm thick option provides comfort underfoot and offers 14dB impact sound reduction. It also shares complementary color and design options with Altro Wood adhesive-free.

Altro Wood adhesive-free creates maximum impact with minimum downtime. Using Altro’s award-winning adhesive-free installation method, it can be welded and walked on the same day, and at the end of its life can be removed easily, allowing it to be reused or recycled.

Altro Wood Comfort offers aesthetics combined with comfort and safety. It’s an ideal choice for areas that prioritize a homelike appearance as well as ample underfoot comfort. With matching design and color options across this range, both floors have 14dB impact sound reduction.

The school’s facility team also chose Altro XpressLay adhesivefree flooring to line specific corridors and circulation areas. “We use Altro XpressLay a great deal in our refurbishments and new builds. Like the Altro Wood adhesive-free, it goes down so easily and quickly and can also be recycled, so it fits in with our principles too.”

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