Executive Washroom Refurbishment, London - Case Study
A large international business approached us to rework their executive washrooms at their offices in London. As well as taking their washroom facilities from individual toilet rooms to a more open-plan dynamic, we also had to carry out these works with little to no disruption to their office workflow.
The client wanted high end, very sleek, modern and professional-looking washrooms, incorporating executive design elements and cutting edge technology.
We were able to significantly improve the usable space within both the male and female washrooms, and also increase the number of toilets and washbasins within them.
We installed a durable Karndean laminate floor that carried an imitation stone effect, as well as an Altro Whiterock wall covering. We chose this Altro Whiterock because we can thermoform the cladding around corners, which means far fewer joins. This, in turn, leaves fewer places for bacteria to build up, makes the room easier to clean and significantly improves hygiene in the wash space.
We lowered the ceiling with a metal frame that was dry lined to create a more contemporary alternative to your traditional commercial suspended ceiling. The void left behind the metal frame was where we ran many services, accessed from a small maintenance hatch.
By installing premium 38mm thick cubicles we were able to deliver a certain amount of stability and solidness compared to a traditional cubicle door. The high-pressure laminate (HPL) cubicles carried a hardwood edging to them for increased durability and were fitted full height – floor to ceiling – to give a smart continuous panelled wall effect. The pilasters for the cubicle doors were actually rebated so that the range of doors would fit flush alongside each other.
Wall hung Armitage Shanks toilets were mounted on glass duct panel sets. The toilets featured AquaBlade technology, a new system that flushes the toilet cleaner, quieter and more efficiently than standard toilets. Another advantage of installing wall hung toilets, is that they leave the floor space completely clear, which not only makes the room appear bigger but also makes the floor easier to clean.
Sensor activated flush controls were incorporated with both the toilets and Jasper Morrison Urinals, but perhaps one of the most attractive features of the washrooms were the solid surface wash slabs. These slabs have a removable plinth for access for cleaning and maintenance. An integrated bin system was fitted within the vanity unit by the pairing of a countertop waste chute and a concealed bin beneath.
The client was very keen to keep simple clean aesthetics at the forefront of this washroom so we installed a bespoke integrated mirror, which carried sensor-activated soap dispenser, sensor-activated tap, paper towel dispenser and hand dryer within and behind the mirrored glass. We also installed a glass splashback between the wash slab and the bottom edge of the mirror, which was positioned to incorporate the LED lighting system.
With a carefully planned schedule of works, including out of hours shifts, we transformed the company’s executive washrooms within a sensible timeframe and no disruption to staff working patterns.