Altro WalkwayTM and Altro AquariusTM safety flooring have been installed at Bedford Modern School as part of a programme to convert outdated squash courts into a modern fitness studio.
More than 500m2 of flooring was installed to existing timber and newly laid screeded subfloors in the schools Sports Centre to construct new changing rooms, showers and circulation areas.
This is not the first time that Altro products have been used at the school, which is an acknowledged centre of excellence, providing highly successful teaching for young people aged seven to 18. Tim Morley, Deputy Bursar at Bedford Modern, explained: Weve had a very long-standing and successful relationship with Altro their track record and sector knowledge is most impressive.
Every time the School has undergone a refurbishment we have used Altros products and continue to be impressed with the flexibility and durability of the flooring installed.
Even after many thousands of footsteps, it looks as good as new and has maintained both its appearance and functionality. The maintenance costs have also shown that it has been well worth the initial outlay."
The hugely popular and hard-wearing Altro Walkway is a 2mm safety flooring and is designed to provide lifelong slip and abrasion resistance, making it ideal for the new fitness studio. With excellent durability, it also has built-in chemical and indentation resistance, and a life expectancy of around 15 years.
Offered in bright and subtle colours with additional decorative chipped options also available, Altro Walkway has a palette of 24 colours to provide complete design flexibility, so it is perfect for those locations that need to look good as well as work hard.
For areas that can be wet and dry, such as the changing rooms, Altro Aquarius is ideal. Perfect for barefoot and shoe use, it enables the installation of one product and is suitable for any type of shoe from hard and soft soled to rubber and trainers.
This 2mm thick safety flooring offers a rich palette of warm and friendly colours with non-sparkle and non-chipped variants available too.
The latest installation was undertaken by Neofloors Limited. Paul Carrington of Neofloors said: It is always a pleasure to work with Altro and their products are popular with our fitters. We cooperated with the main contractor, SDC Special Projects, to meet a tight budget but also to finish on time despite the short August programme which is always our busiest time.
Various other Altro products have been used at Bedford Modern prior to this latest installation. Altro SupremaTM was the choice for a stylish new extension to the school and Altro MondoSportTM was used in the initial renovation of the sports hall.
Tim Morley reflected on the Schools flooring choices made in the past: It was a big decision to take soft floors out of all communal areas at the time and we undertook a thorough investigation of the alternative flooring products on the market before selecting Altro.
Twelve years on there is no doubt that it was the right decision and now we wouldnt consider entrusting the provision of safety flooring to anyone else.