Royal Motor Yacht Club, Sandbanks Case Study
Located on Dorset’s Sandbanks peninsula, the Royal Motor Yacht Club is a members club that overlooks Brownsea Island and Poole Harbour. We were invited to refurbish and upgrade the washrooms in this listed building in early 2022, works that would require the removal of internal walls.
A skilled architect firm had been enlisted to ensure structural and heritage aspects of the building were protected. Meanwhile, our own team included a project manager to ensure the refurbishment works were carried out efficiently, and with no unnecessary delays.
The project was to renovate the male and female washrooms, expanding them to provide extra space, urinals and showers. In addition, we took care of a staff washroom which also included showering facilities.
After stripping back the rooms to bare walls, we then set about removing the internal walls, rebuilding them in their new locations with high-grade studwork. The water pressure in the showers was originally very low, so as part of this project we upgraded the water system so that the yacht club no longer had to rely on electric showers, enjoying full pressure showers from a gravity-fed tank.
The new showers were to be drained via a gulley system, so floor formers were put in place to ensure the gradient fall of the floor fell correctly towards the drain trough. The yacht club also took this opportunity to upgrade the heating, and we were able to lay an underfloor heating system.
In the wet areas, Altro Aquarius anti-slip vinyl safety flooring was fitted - which has specific wetroom safety properties. Meanwhile, throughout the rest of the washroom Altro Walkway was used. Walls were clad in Altro Whiterock, a hygienic wall cladding that also boasts powerful fire ratings.
We installed new suspended ceilings in the washrooms, complete with new air ventilation systems and low energy LED lighting, controlled by infra-red sensors. This meant the lights would switch on and off automatically whenever a user entered or left the room.
In the toilet cubicles, we employed a DUCT set, creating a thin service void in which we house the cistern, mains water, waste pipes and flush controls. This integrated plumbing system (IPS) delivers a slick, smart finish while simultaneously making the washroom easier to clean. Push button flush controls were installed along with back to wall toilets.
Meanwhile, at the hand wash area, we fitted moulded solid surface wash basins partnered with non-concussive Delabie taps. TMV3 valves were also fitted to ensure that users were protected against scolding. TMV3 valves blend the hot feed with cold prior to it coming out of the hot tap, giving site managers ultimate control on hot water temperature.
New external doors were installed, while the old doorway and exterior walls were plastered and painted to deliver a seamless finish in time for the yacht club’s deadline of April 1st 2022.