Creating Unisex Toilets at Shaftesbury School, Dorset - Case Study
Shaftesbury School, in North Dorset, invited us to deliver a progressive and forward-thinking washroom design plan that not only delivers longevity and durability but combats common social problems found throughout secondary schools in the UK.
The project saw us refurbish six toilet rooms at the site in three key areas. Two of the locations remained same-sex washrooms, while in one busy area, outside of the main school hall, we transformed the male and female toilet rooms into one large unisex washroom.
All schools put procedures and plans in place to tackle bullying, misbehaviour and vandalism, timeless problems that can be difficult to keep on top of. These problems thrive in enclosed environments where students can congregate which is why a lot of schools are turning their attention to washrooms.
In the same-sex washrooms at Shaftesbury School, we were able to better utilise the existing space and include two extra toilet cubicles in each room. This not only used the space more effectively but cut down on what was an expansive area of unused space. In the male washrooms we made the decision to remove urinals to accommodate these extra cubicles, and in doing so created the opportunity to remove the main entrance door to the room. Students get the same level of privacy when using the toilets, but now have a hand wash area that can be easily seen and heard from the corridor.
The unisex washroom creates a very open and communal space that both male and female faculty members can check in on. Full height cubicles flank the room, delivering ultimate privacy for users as the cubicles become self-contained spaces. Meanwhile, in the centre of the room, a small stud partition separates Corian solid surface wash troughs served by non-concussive push taps. These taps only emit water for a set period of time, mitigating the risk for water left running and accidental flooding.
An Altro Walkway anti-slip safety flooring was laid in all washrooms, with Altro Whiterock clad on the walls. This is a highly regarded wall covering that has impressive hygiene credentials as well as powerful fire safety regulations. New suspended ceilings were fitted throughout, housing energy-efficient LED lighting triggered by PIR sensors so that the lights are only activated when a user is detected in the room.
The mains and waste services for the toilets were all concealed within DUCT systems, a thin false wall that hides the pipework for smarter aesthetics and protection from accidental damage. All cubicles and DUCT panels were made using solid grade laminate (SGL). This is an incredibly durable material that is completely impervious to water. This means they will never swell or weaken from ingress water, making them one of the most ruggedly durable options in the washroom environment.
This diverse and progressive washroom refurbishment project was carried out on time and on budget. The school board, faculty, students and parents are all very pleased with the results.
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