Intensive Care Unit, Harrogate District Hospital

Calm and non-clinical environment for busy Intensive Care Unit

Altro Whiterock White, Altro Whiterock Digiclad (Custom), Altro Whiterock Chameleon

“We knew that Altro Whiterock could provide us with the hygienic and robust properties required, but the response to the look of the unit has been fantastic – the artwork is a brilliant addition.”

Sarah Burns,
Capital Design Project Manager, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust


Hospital environments are created to heal; yet supporting both physical and mental health needs in clinical environments can be challenging. The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Harrogate District Hospital required a refurbishment to its walls and wanted a non-clinical design, but with hygienic properties.


The unit had different areas with different functions – it needed to have hygienic, clean, wipe down walls which were also robust and could withstand bumps and scuffs. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the refurbishment needed to be completed quickly with minimum downtime to ICU. The team also wanted the unit to have a non-clinical feel.


Altro Whiterock White, Altro Whiterock Chameleon, and Altro Whiterock Digiclad (Custom) were selected for the walls in the ICU. The hospital’s paediatric unit had Altro hygienic wall sheets installed previously and knew they were robust and trusted products. The ICU staff and project design team took time to select artwork of cherry blossom branches that would be cheerful yet calming for patients, as well as inspiring and uplifting for hardworking staff. The images were printed to create the Altro Whiterock Digiclad (Custom) wall sheets.

“This was a project that needed a quick turnaround, and the installers were brilliant at keeping to the 8-10 week timescale. The Altro Whiterock Digiclad was fitted quicker than we thought it would be and has taken the clinical edge off the unit.”

Sarah Burns,
Capital Design Project Manager, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

Looks great with:

Altro Wood™ adhesive-free,
Altro Aquarius,
Altro Whiterock™ wall designs

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