St Margaret’s School

Altro enhances learning environments in schools

Altro Wood Safety

“Altro Wood Safety was used as a base, combining shades to create an environment which has warmth, depth and a rich natural feel. This project perfectly represents the principles of biophilic design and the overall effect is superb.”

Lesley McMillan,
Interior designer, City of Edinburgh Council


St Margaret’s School in Edinburgh needed to refurbish a wing at the school, which has been designed for children aged four to nine.


As part of Scotland’s ‘Schools for the Future’ scheme, Interior Designer at City of Edinburgh Council, Lesley McMillan wanted to engage the children in the refurbishment project at St Margaret’s, to create a child-friendly design with them and build a space that was the product of their imagination. Teachers and children were all involved and together visited schools, offices and other inspiring spaces to develop their ideas.

The final design reflected the oceanic journey and arrival of Queen Margaret in Scotland, with Altro Wood Safety in the shade Mountain Oak representing the wooden deck of the ship. The overall design also features a library learning cave — based on the cave Queen Margaret used to pray in — using Altro Wood Safety in Vintage Cherry. There were also many other historic inspirations from the local area.


Altro Wood Safety is a wood-look, sparkle-free safety floor with a palette of 20 colours which are ideal in locations where first impressions count and safety cannot be compromised.

“We are really pleased with the Altro flooring in the school. Aesthetically it’s a lovely looking surface; very natural and rustic, and Lesley chose the perfect shades to create a warm, homely feel”

Katy Westacott,
Head teacher, St Margaret’s

Looks great with:

Altro Wood Safety Comfort,
Altro Whiterock Satins,
Altro Whiterock Digiclad

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