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Altro have been at the forefront of innovation for almost 100 years. Today, working closely with architects, end customers, engineers, designers and contractors around the world, Altro's insight and expertise help them transform everyday spaces into environments that can improve the wellbeing of everyone that uses them.

And by consistently turning creative thinking into practical, real-world solutions – that maintain the highest standards of safety and durability – Altro have become synonymous with quality.

As a family-founded business, Altro has a strong sense of what they value and a way of thinking inspired by The Bauhaus – a balance of quality, form and design-led function – that puts people’s needs at the heart of everything they do. It’s a human-centred approach to designing for the demands of 21st century life.

It’s a history that means Altro values the bold, the brave and the new. From focusing on how the different sectors they serve need their spaces to perform, to the call for more environmentally sustainable materials, Altro are constantly challenging what is possible and seeking new ways of inspiring their customers and answering their biggest challenges.

CPD Material (6)

Specifying Vinyl Floors
Vinyl is increasingly the product of choice for both new-builds and refurbishments. This CPD presentation gives comprehensive guidance on the different types of vinyl floors available today, including adhesive-free and modular flooring, along with real-life case studies for each type. It goes through considerations when specifying vinyl floors, including the well-being of the end user, designing for dementia, sustainability, design flexibility and when prolonged downtime isn't an option. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- What a vinyl floor is made of, how, the associated benefits and where the issue of sustainability fits in
- Why risk assessments are needed and how they inform your specification
- Types and benefits of vinyl floors: safety; specialist safety; heavy duty; adhesive-free; smooth; modular (LVT)
- Cleaning guidance that may influence your specification
- When and why vinyl is an appropriate floor choice
Knowledge level:
General Awareness
Material type: Seminar
Designing for Mental Health
The designing for mental health CPD covers the building needs for mental healthcare facilities in the UK. It focusses on priorities and concerns when designing facilities, plus the different design requirements for low, medium and high dependency, as well as the different requirements for adults compared with children. It looks in detail at effective design for high risk areas, including the finishes needed to reduce the risk of harm to service users.
Knowledge level:
General Awareness
Material type: Seminar
How to Reduce Risk of Slipping
This seminar aims to provide an overview of the issues, legislation, risk factors and guidelines for assessment of floor safety. It will help you to understand the following topics:
- The regulations around preventing slips
- The scale of the problem and statistics around slip accidents
- The HSE approach to reducing slips
- Slip test methods and slip resistance
- The risk assessment process
Knowledge level:
General Awareness
Material type: Seminar
Designing for Dementia
Within the UK it is estimated that over 800, 000 people suffer with Dementia; an increasing figure.

We will look at common symptoms and the effects this has on the built environment, understanding key design guide principles and the importance of ‘colour & contrast’ in specification
Material type: Seminar
Factory Visit
Factory Tour: Safety Flooring: Innovation in Manufacturing Product Design
This tour of Altro’s manufacturing plant and laboratories will focus on how safety flooring is manufactured, how new products are developed and provide guidance on issues, legislation and standards affecting the specification of safety flooring.

The audience will be taken through the history of the company and how it continues to lead the way through delivery of innovative solutions, where sustainability objectives underpin our decision making processes.

By the end of this tour participants will be able to understand:
- The composition of safety flooring and how it works
- The manufacturing process
- The history of safety flooring and how it has developed over the years
- Which situations safety flooring is more suitable than other alternatives
- Being able to recommend different types of safety flooring to suit different requirements
- Cleaning requirements for safety flooring
- Measure slip resistance (according to HSE recommendations)

This tour takes place in Altro HQ, Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire. The tour lasts 4.5 hours and includes a buffet lunch.
Knowledge level:
General Awareness
Material type: Factory Visit
Resin Floors - Where Function Meets Design
Understanding the key considerations when selecting flooring and walling finishes
- Achieving the balance between function and design
- Installation advice: hints and tips
- Correct cleaning and maintenance procedures
- Health & Safety considerations
Knowledge level:
General Awareness
Material type: Seminar


Altro has CPD Materials in the following areas: -

RIBA Core Curriculum areas