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Altro Resins Transform University Renovation
package of Altro resins
products have been used to
transform a 30 year old
building, which was previously part
of the Hewlett Packard campus in
Bristol, into the University of the West
of England (UWE) Future Space. The
building is used by Research and
Development project teams to nurture
start-up companies working in the
fields of robotics and smartcontrolled machinery and vehicles.
completed by BAM Construction.
The timelines for the project were tight,
but an added complication was that half
the building needed to continue to be
occupied by the staff of the Bristol
Robotics Laboratory. This meant that
noise, dust, vibration and odours had to
be kept to a minimum. Lucie Phillips, at
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff architects
said “We felt, as designers, that a
standard resin or vinyl floor finish would
look bland in such a large space so we
started to explore the options of using a
feature resin and we are exceptionally
happy with the results of the final
A combination of Altro resins products
was used to create solutions for areas
such as the circulation hub, main access
route from the entrance to the hub,
laboratories, workshops and corridors.
Products were selected for their UV
stability and slip-resistance, flexibility
and durability.
The renovation of an old building into a
home for such hi-tech industries
demanded a significant transformation.
Large new sky-lights flooded the central
circulation hub with natural daylight,
which in-turn greatly increased UV light
illuminating the light-coloured quartz
floor, so Altro and WSP Parsons
Brinkerhoff enhanced colour stability by
including clear UV-stable seal coats.
Polydeck Resins Ltd were selected to
install the floors, but the project still
faced a number of challenges, some of
which were not anticipated. Polydeck
were able to provide ongoing
specification guidance to improve the
resultant finishes and problem-solving
assistance with programming before and
during the installation in order to help to
bring the project to completion by the
required date.
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