Burnbake Campsite Shower Block Refurbishment- Case Study
Nestled in the Purbecks, Burnbake is a highly popular Dorset campsite that sees a throng of visitors over peak months. With Corfe Castle and the Jurassic Coast just a stone's throw away, Burnbake enjoys a thriving summer season and user facilities are of utmost importance.
Commercial Washrooms were engaged to handle the renovation of a wash block at the campsite, which included a male, female and disabled wash and showering rooms. After stripping the block back to a bare carcass, our team were able to begin the installation of a new, improved washroom that had high durability and easy clean functionality at its heart.
A service void ran through the centre of the building, allowing all mains pipework and cisterns for male and female washrooms to be concealed. With no duct sets needed, this allowed us to maintain the generous space within the washrooms while protecting the more delicate parts of the washroom from accidental damage.
The walls were clad in Altro Whiterock, a reliably tough wall surface that is renowned for its hygienic properties and easy clean nature. An Altro vinyl flooring was also laid throughout the wash block, which boasted anti-slip properties. To complement this new flooring, the existing floor drains were replaced with McAlpine stainless steel floor gulleys, suitable for accepting vinyl floors and giving a watertight finish. Within the shower enclosures, a floor tile was used which had barefoot anti-slip features to further increase safety standards.
Solid grade laminate was used to create toilet cubicles, as well as showering modesty screens. This material is favoured in moist and humid environments due to it being completely impervious to water - so no swelling or weakness from ingress water.
Delabie shower panels were installed to keep things compact, simple and easy to maintain, while a clothes hook was fitted to the outside edge of the modesty screen for users to hang their towel and clothes.
The vanity units were also constructed from solid grade laminate for durability and water-repelling strength, while a Franke non-concussive tap was selected to prevent taps being left on. The model chosen had a temperature control lever fitted, so that users could access hot water for shaving. A lockable access panel was created beneath the vanity unit for caretaker storage, while brushed stainless steel fast dryers were installed for easy and rapid hand drying.
The disabled wash space was fitted with a full Doc-M pack. This includes all the items necessary to comply with Document-M of Building Regulations. It includes wall-mounted and drop down grab rails of a contrasting colour to the walls, as well as a raised height toilet pan, washbasin and an accompanying lever operated tap.
As part of this refurbishment project, we also put in a new hot water system in order to serve all the basins as well as the eight finished showers. To keep energy usage economical, we fitted an LED lighting system, that was controlled by an infrared sensor. This means the lights only come on when a user is actually in the building.
Completed on budget, and on time, this project was carried out off-season to ensure minimal disruption to Burnbake’s operations.