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Entrance areas

Floors

These areas are 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.

We recommend Altro Symphonia smooth flooring for its durability and stain resistance as well as its expansive color palette that can blend with virtually any design.

To avoid prolonged downtime and adhesive odors, consider Altro Wood adhesive-free which halves installation time. If your risk assessment reveals there is a higher 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 influence our view not only of that space, but also beyond. They can be a challenge to decorate, particularly if trying to introduce different looks or textures. A wall solution that is easy to install is a distinct advantage.

Altro Whiterock wall designs ensure rooms can impress visually without compromising on durability. The natural wood, stone, linen and metallic options can be used alone or combined, offering 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 to extemd into adjacent areas.
 

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 and reception spaces taking up the largest amount of floor space within a university or college building, prolonged downtime is not an option, so installation needs to be quick and straightforward.

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 odors. It can be installed over exiting tiles or vinyl, saving the cost and hassle of removing the existing floor. At the end of its life the entire floor can be uplifted and reused or recycled. Available in 17 shades, it’s possible to color-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

With constant student and wheeled traffic in these areas, scuffs and dents are inevitable. Altro Whiterock Matte provides crucial durability in these settings, and its lightly textured surface helps to camouflage scrapes and surface damage that can result from sudden impact.

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 color 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.