Case Study: St. Clements School, Bournemouth Toilet Refurbishment
We were invited to carry out refurbishment works to a set of children's washrooms at St. Clements School in Bournemouth. The existing toilets in this historic building were in need of an update, with the school looking to make them easier to clean, more durable and benefiting from strong hygiene features throughout.
The first stage of the works was to remove the existing washrooms and strip them back to the bare structure. In order to smarten up the rooms, we blocked up some old window openings and installed a new suspended ceiling which was put in at a lower height than the previous one. This not only made the room feel more inviting but was brought in beneath the heating loop, so all pipework and services were concealed behind it. This new ceiling also housed low energy LED lighting which was controlled by infra-red sensors. This means that the lights are only activated when a student is actually in the room and switches off automatically.
Altro Walkway anti-slip vinyl safety flooring was installed underfoot, while Altro Whiterock was used to clad the wall surfaces. White Whiterock was selected due to its powerful hygiene and fire ratings as well as its extensive warranties. This material reduces join lines in a room and aids in easy-clean functionality.
Integrated Plumbing systems (IPS) were created using Duct sets. This creates a thin service void behind the toilets where mains water, waste pipes and cisterns can be concealed. This protects them from accidental damage and tampering, but also significantly reduces exposed surfaces in the washroom and makes them much easier to clean.
Cubicles were built using solid grade laminate, a material that’s completely impervious to water so will never swell or weaken from ingress water.
Meanwhile, solid surface wash trough’s were installed for hand washing, paired with non-concussive taps. These taps only emit water for a set period of time once activated, removing the risk of them being accidentally left on.
St Clements school were looking for a fresher, smarter new washroom and we were able to deliver that with easy clean functionality, highly durable finishes and an engaging design that not only makes the facilities more engaging but will work to promote strong personal hygiene habits.
The washroom renovation works were started and completed during the 2021 school summer holidays. Finished on time and to budget, they have been met with enthusiasm from both the pupils, parents and faculty.