United Kingdom

United Kingdom


Hillingdon Hospital UK


Altro revisited Hillingdon Hospital, London, to see the lasting impact of products used to create patient-centred, healing, safe and homely environments in several departments.

The Paediatric A&E was transformed just over three years ago. Architect and healthcare specialist interior designer Georgia Burt of GBS Health worked closely with the hospital, lead designers Oxford Architects and with Altro on the project, with the aim to create a healing environment that would be comfortable, friendly, non-clinical and focus on wellbeing at a time of great stress.

Georgia says: “Being in hospital can be an upsetting and frightening experience for everyone, but especially for children. The interior space can have such a powerful effect on how they feel, and using the right designs, colours and materials will set the scene from the moment a child enters the space.”


Following a series of interactive consultation meetings with clinical and service users, a unique interior wayfinding strategy and supporting arts programme was developed.

Based on an urban study of the Borough of Hillingdon’s bio-diversity and award-winning parkland, the interior design and art concept were developed around the map of the borough as if imagined from a young person’s perspective.


Christopher Knight, Capital Projects Manager, Estates Department, at The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, says: “Everyone says how lovely the A&E unit looks, the Hillingdon Trail is such a great idea for a focal point, because it’s so famous in the area, so children immediately feel at home and relaxed when they arrive. It truly is a child-centred space from the moment you arrive and it looks and feels different; the atmosphere has changed and it’s so much more positive.

Altro Wood is an attractive, general purpose safety flooring with matching design and colour options with Altro Wood adhesive-free and Altro Wood Comfort to achieve a consistent look in different areas. Altro Whiterock Chameleon is ideal for making a bold colour statement. Offering all the benefits of Altro Whiterock, Altro Whiterock Chameleon is very durable, with a smooth, watertight, wipe-clean surface.

Altro Whiterock Satins is ideal for creating a subtle mood using colour. This versatile and sophisticated wall cladding is available in a range of solid, decorative, satin shades – from soothing and healing through to bright and energetic.

Altro Whiterock Digiclad (Custom) makes it easy to create a bespoke wall design. Altro Whiterock Digiclad (Custom) is created by reproducing a photographic image or vector art onto Altro Whiterock wall sheets, with consistent, photographic quality. Hard-coat technology provides scratch-resistant properties for added surface protection, making Altro Whiterock Digiclad (Custom) ideal for areas where durability is important.

Looks great with:

Altro Whiterock wall designs
Altro Wood adhesive-free
Altro Wood Comfort

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We incorporated images and ideas into the space that children would recognise, to help them feel at home. The Hillingdon Trail is a very familiar walk locally and features some great characters and animals, such as a fox and owl.

The Altro products look great, and still as good as the day they were fitted. They have enabled us to create the most wonderful environment that is not only safe and clean, but helps children to feel better and happier at a stressful time.