Henry Schein Washroom Refurbishment - Case Study
Henry Schein is a global supply company for the dental, medical and healthcare sector. Following a design and specification process with the client, we were brought in to handle the refurbishment of the washrooms at their site in Kent. Serving both the warehouse and office staff, the washrooms we renovated had to deliver strong durability and hygiene, while maintaining a clean and sophisticated modern aesthetic.
After stripping back the washroom to a bare shell, all mains pipework and drainage was cut back and renewed. Altro Walkway safety flooring was installed underfoot, as well as new drain covers that are designed to accept vinyl flooring correctly. The walls in both the male and female washrooms were then clad in Altro Whiterock - man incredibly hygienic material that is not only easy to clean and sanitise, but comes with a powerful 20 year guarantee.
Overhead a new suspended ceiling was installed, housing renewed cabling, extraction and lighting. This included low energy LED lighting as well as a PIR lighting system. This meant that the lights are only activated when a user is actually in the room, removing the need for switches and minimising touch points within the room.
An integrated plumbing system (IPS) was created for all toilets and urinals to keep mains services protected and ensure ease of cleaning. This was done by fitting DUCT sets, creating a thin service void to house all cisterns, water feeds and waste. This was then clad in solid grade laminate (SGL) panels, a material that’s completely impervious to water so will never swell or weaken from ingress moisture. The same material was also used in the Ultra range of toilet cubicles, delivering strength and integrity throughout the washroom. In the male washrooms we used a grey and dark wood grain colourway, while in the female washrooms a softer wood grain effect was employed.
Back to wall toilets were installed within the cubicles, leaving a clean and efficient finish with push button flush controls. At the mens urinals, we used a DVS flushmatic sensor set. This meant that the urinals would be flushed automatically when a user moved away from the urinals. Not only does this improve usability and hygiene, but can also help with water saving initiatives.
Custom vanity units were constructed from SGL to match the panelling on the cubicles, while simultaneously offering increased durability. Inset basins were used in the vanity top, along with Inta push button taps. This style of tap helps to reduce overall water consumption, while removing the risk of taps accidentally being left on.
While refurbishment works took place, our team made sure that the service of all other washrooms at the site were uninterrupted, while disruptive works took place out of hours. This project was completed on time and to budget post lockdown in 2020.