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ACT COVID-19 Surge Centre, Australia

Altro flooring installed into temporary COVID-19 clinic

Altro XpressLay

To keep up with testing and treatment of the rapidly rising amount of COVID-19 cases in Australia, a number of temporary clinics were required urgent construction. Manteena Commercial Pty Ltd were commissioned to build a fully functioning clinic that could be packed up, stored and rebuilt wherever the building was required. They needed solutions that were safe, durable, hygienic and capable of installing quickly with the potential for re-use.

Manteena Commercial Pty Ltd approached Master Carpets, who helped select the right materials for the job. Having worked with Altro for many years, they chose to source their materials from a reputable brand they know and trust, who could provide the best products for such an important installation. “Due to the tight schedule and the requirement of the brief for the building to be easily relocated, we required a resilient flooring product that needed little floor prep, as well as having the flexibility to be rolled up and re-used in the future if required,” stated Manteena representative Rod Mitton. “Altro XpressLay was the only product available on the market that was able to meet this requirement.”

Altro XpressLay is the world’s first ever adhesive-free safety floor and can time and money while offering unrivalled sustainability credentials. This revolutionary flooring is installed using a tape system instead of adhesive, and can be easily removed postinstallation, re-used elsewhere and then, at the end of its life, be recycled. The range features bright and subtle, sparkle-free designs and decorative chipped options to give you a wide variety to choose from. Our revolutionary technology, featuring a studded surface on the underside of the floor, allows it to perform like a traditionally adhered floor without the need for an adhesive. This allows the subfloor to breathe and makes installations quicker and easier, as no damp-proof membrane (DPM) is required.

Adhesive-free Altro XpressLay can be installed over existing flooring or on fresh concrete. The floors can be removed easily, reused and are 100% recyclable at the end of its life. “Master Carpets was given the opportunity to provide an essential service to the community and support the construction of the Aspen Medical COVID-19 clinic,” explained Master Carpets representative Richard Palmer. “We installed 1800m² of flooring over 5 consecutive nights. Altro XpressLay was the only way to achieve this challenging project timeframe, including working with other trades and a cold Canberra climate. The end result was a defect-free installation, satisfying all stakeholders in supporting the needs of the community during these uncertain times.”

Download the ACT COVID-19 Surge Centre, Australia PDF