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Axe Vale Canoe Club

It’s an all-round Altro solution for expanding canoe club

Altro has provided walls, floors and ceilings for new changing facilities as part of an expansion at Axe Vale Canoe Club, in Seaton, Devon.

The club, which has 100 members, offers a wide variety of canoeing disciplines including touring, white water and sea paddling, in both canoes and kayaks.

Chris Cullen, Project Manager at Axe Vale Canoe Club, said: "We are fast outgrowing our facilities because our membership is expanding so rapidly. To create the new changing area we converted a 50m² kayak store and built a new extension.

"I have been in the building business for many years, so I know all about Altro products and have used them with great success. We sat down with Altro and talked through the project, our needs and the many alternatives, and came up with a specification.

That was the key to the whole project. They were very helpful and knowledgeable. Once we knew what we wanted we could get on with the planning and work schedule."

The new build comprises four changing rooms, two separate toilets and one large communal meeting room.

One hundred sheets of Altro Whiterock wall panels were used in the changing areas and showers. This cost-effective sheet is extruded from a high quality, PVCu polymer for operating temperatures up to 60°C. It is easy to clean, impact resistant and grout-free. It meets current EU Directives on health and hygiene.

In addition, 250m² of Altro Whiterock Hygienic Ceilings were fitted in the changing areas and showers. This product forms an impervious, hygienic virtually maintenance-free system which can be hosed down in situ and provides a bright, durable surface which helps reduce condensation.

In parts of the shower area and throughout the communal room, Altro Walkway safety flooring was used. This is a hugely popular hard-wearing, 2mm safety flooring, providing lifelong slip and abrasion resistance. Additional benefits include superior chemical and indentation resistance, which adds to its excellent durability. Ideal for busy public areas, the product has a life expectancy of 15 years.

Axe Vale's new shower areas had Altro Aquarius safety flooring installed. Altro Aquarius is an innovative safety flooring for combined barefoot and shoe use in wet and dry environments. It is suitable for any type of shoe, including hard and soft soled, rubber and trainers.

This product revolutionises product selection. Users no longer have to assess the risk of slipping to those in shoes or barefoot and whether to install studded or standard safety flooring. Altro Aquarius caters for all these requirements, with one product that can eliminate the risks.

Chris Cullen added: "I was very impressed indeed with the installation. The fitters were professional, helpful and the finished result is superb. They also finished the work on time and on budget.

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