Durable and low maintenance washrooms at Dashwood House, London
We created a washroom space which balances the beauty of natural wood and stone with the high performance attributes of man-made materials to deliver a durable and low maintenance washroom.
The 17-storey, 74 metre tall Dashwood House occupies an enviable position within the City of London, located as it is directly above Liverpool Street tube station. Originally built in the 1960s it was extensively refurbished and reconfigured a decade ago to provide exceptional modern office facilities coupled with sustainable technology including solar panels on the roof, which makes it the ideal place for companies looking for a high quality serviced office base in the heart of the City.
We were recently tasked with refurbishing the washroom facilities on the sixteenth floor at Dashwood House to provide fresh new male, female and disabled washrooms. The new washrooms had to not only look exceptional but also needed to be easy to keep clean and maintain – the solid surface Corian and Silestone together with the EGGER laminate specified for this project all deliver on both counts.
Our Concerto integrated duct panels were faced in a white marble effect Silestone with a brass trim installed between each panel to create the desired high specification finish. Being manufactured from 90 per cent natural quartz makes Silestone extremely resilient. It’s also non-porous which means it offers excellent stain resistance and its texture is such that it does not allow bacteria to grow – making it naturally antibacterial. And, as well as concealing unsightly pipework behind the WCs, the panels are easy to keep clean and allow for ease of access for any future maintenance requirements, whether planned or reactive.
The bespoke vanity units, which we manufactured from solid surface Corian in a limestone effect finish, also provide the dual benefits of a stone-like appearance with the high performance of a solid surfacing material. The vanities were completed with white square ceramic countertop basins and black powder-coated taps and soap dispensers to match the black ironmongery on the toilet cubicle doors.
Our full height Alto Laminate toilet cubicles are a popular choice for office washrooms as the floor-to-ceiling construction provides end users with complete privacy while the flush front deign creates a seamless façade for a streamlined look.
For this project, each cubicle was faced in high quality EGGER laminate. The ‘White Halifax Oak’ finish incorporates features such as natural knots and an uneven colour to create a distressed oak effect that’s exceptionally close to real aged oak. EGGER laminate is also hardwearing as it is abrasion, impact and scratch resistant as well as offering antibacterial properties. The same EGGER laminate in ‘White Halifax Oak’ was used for the vanity under panels to tie the whole design together.
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