Priory Barn, Hertfordshire

Altro are icing on the cake for unique wedding venue

Altro Whiterock, Altro safety flooring

A popular wedding venue in Hertfordshire has cited Altro as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of flooring and hygienic wall cladding and selected a range of the company’s products for a kitchen rebuild following a fire.

The Priory Barn, situated in Little Wymondley, Hertfordshire, is established as one of the UK’s top wedding venues and offers a very special atmosphere in unique rural surrounds. It was built in 1541 by James Needham, the King’s carpenter, and local oak was used in its construction.

Catering for weddings takes place in an 18m x 5m purpose-built kitchen alongside the Priory Barn. This timber frame structure was gutted by fire, which meant a complete rebuild and a new kitchen refit was needed.

Priory Barn owner John Hope explains: “I was adamant that the flooring and wall cladding had to be Altro. In my view they are the Rolls Royce of finishings. We strive to provide the best for our customers, so I wanted to source the best products for the new kitchen.”

John made contact with local Altro Whiterock Premier Installer Genie Interiors and, with its Managing Director John McCarthy, he made a trip to Letchworth Garden City to visit Altro. “Altro showed us a range of flooring and wall cladding and we assessed which ones would be suitable for our needs,” said John Hope. “The products had to be tough, practical, easy to maintain and look good as well.”

“After discussing the options with Genie Interiors, we selected Altro Whiterock hygienic wall cladding and Altro safety flooring. I was very impressed with what Altro had to offer and with the breadth of their products, applications and ongoing research. Their reputation is very well deserved.”

The Altro flooring and hygienic wall cladding were installed by Genie Interiors, who also carried out the total refit of the new kitchen. MD John McCarthy said: “Turnaround had to be fast because there were weddings booked. Genie Interiors is very experienced so we put together a tight delivery programme which worked very well."

John Hope has a fully operational kitchen just in time for peak wedding season. “I am delighted, and very relieved, that the project is now finished.

“The workmanship of the flooring and hygienic wall cladding installation is superb. It looks very smart indeed. I have also had some very positive feedback from the cleaning team who have reported it is very easy to maintain. I wouldn’t hesitate in using Altro again – it pays to invest in the best for long-term peace of mind.”

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