Our top three of 2023
We’ve worked closely with our partner company, Cre8 Joinery Solutions to deliver a range of stunning new projects this year. Here’s our top three projects from the last 12 months to showcase how this year we’ve continued to be Cre8ive Together.
We started the year with the completion of a multifaceted project at London Stock Exchange HQ in the City of London which we completed within 14 weeks.
Our full turnkey division WeIntegr8 specialises in delivering complete fit-out packages to give contractors an effective single-source solution and on this particular project our WeIntegr8 team delivered a complete package of washroom works to provide new washrooms, vanity units, and all other ancillaries. The new washrooms also incorporated a separate area specifically for those who practice a purification ritual called Wudu before prayer, making sure the facilities are inclusive for all office staff.
We also provided a range of bespoke joinery throughout the building including decorative walls with signage, fabric covered wall panelling, decorative joinery units and circular break out pods for informal meetings. We also installed several new tea points as well as a new kitchen and seating facility for office staff to relax, eat and socialise during the working day.
This was another highly bespoke office refurbishment project which includes an array of carefully sourced materials to create a truly unique space. We installed washrooms on levels one to five which feature self-enclosed Superloos, vanities and washroom accessories including bespoke anodised mirror surrounds plus bespoke anodised frames above the Concerto duct panels. We also completed work on the basement level with the delivery of bespoke benches and our Forza lockers for staff.
On the ground floor and entrance area the Cre8 team manufactured and installed the striking new concrete reception desk together with the feature reception wall panelling in Panbeton Shui concrete, Kvadrat seating area with leather straps and bespoke powder coated framework. Elsewhere in the building the team installed bespoke tea points with spray painted fronts, bespoke cabinets and lift fronts and outdoor planters.
And last but not least rounding off our trio of projects, is this recently completed vibrant office refurbishment on Bishopsgate in the heart of the City. This project showcases our extensive “End of Trip” range, providing beautifully designed facilities to suit those walking or cycling into the office as part of their daily commute. Here we installed showers, changing rooms, cubicles, towel drops, vanity areas, and storage facilities – all mindfully designed with the end user in mind.
Elsewhere in the building, the Cre8 team created a bespoke oak bar area with seating and custom lighting panels, the new reception desk which includes custom-made back-lit LED enamelled panels plus the wall surround panels with integral planters.
How do we do it?
Every one of our projects is as unique as our clients. With experience spanning more than two decades we know how to realise our clients’ design visions in a practical and effective way. We’re proud to be always pushing the boundaries and looking for new matierlas, techniques and ways of working, blending traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge design and production to surpass expectations.
Watch our corporate video here to find out more about what makes us different.
We’re about to embark on an exciting new journey here at Washroom Washroom as together with our partner company Cre8 Joinery Solutions, we’re stepping into the Middle East market and setting up a new division in the UAE.
With over 20 years of experience in the washroom and joinery fit out sector, where we’ve consistently created high quality bespoke washroom spaces, delivered on time and to budget, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge and expertise ready to bring to the UAE and beyond. We’re looking forward to taking on new challenges and projects across the middle east and discovering design trends to influence and inspire our work right here in the UK.
Together with Cre8, we will be offering a full range of washroom and joinery solutions including cubicles, vanities, lockers, reception desks, wall cladding, seating and kitchen areas for offices, hotels, shopping malls, boutique gyms and residential projects. Our experienced team based in Dubai will be managing each project on a day-to-day basis from design to installation, while all our products will continue to be manufactured in the UK.
This will be a new division of the business and as such will be managed separately to our core market so it won’t impact on our UK-based projects.
We’ve invested in a fleet of new fuel-efficient vans together with electric fork lifts as part of our continued commitment to sustainability by reducing the embedded carbon associated with our operations as a manufacturer.
All six new vans, which include four curtain side Luton vans, one box Luton van and one short wheel base van, are classed as Euro 6 – the lowest level for emissions as set by the European Commission. This range of vehicles allows us to easily fulfil all the different loading and delivery requirements unique to our specific project needs and maximise efficiency. As our vans are in constant use, making regular journeys from our factory in Essex to sites across London and beyond, minimising emissions on each journey will reduce our carbon footprint.
We’ve also recently ordered four new electric fork lifts following a successful trial to test their efficiency at our manufacturing site. These will replace all but one of our current fork lifts – with the only remaining diesel being a specialist side loader. The new electric fork lifts are due to arrive on site here towards the end of this year – we’ll report back on carbon saved once they are fully operational.
What’s more, eight of our company vehicles are now fully electric with more to come as we gradually upgrade our company cars. We’ve also installed eight EV charging points on site at our head office for staff and visitors, which is far more than the one point a workplace with more than 10 spaces is currently required to provide.
Since 2008 our entire 58,000 sq ft manufacturing site and head office has been heated using our on-site biomass boiler which runs on wood offcuts from the factory. Not only does this reduce the waste we create, but it saves so much carbon it’s equivalent to taking 150 family estate cars off the road each year too – further reducing our overall carbon footprint.
Sustainability is complex but we see it as a continual process of improvements and adjustments – to the way we manufacture, the materials we use and how we deliver these to site. Taking these steps means we’re on track to be carbon neutral in the not-too-distant future.
We’re pleased to count Smile Plastics as one of our core supply chain partners – helping us to deliver uncompromisingly sustainable solutions for our clients.
Smile Plastics is an innovative UK-based materials manufacturer which creates beautiful supersized panels for commercial interiors – all made using 100 per cent recycled waste plastic. This would-be waste material comes from a range of post-consumer and industrial sources and through the company’s own unique manufacturing process at its factory in rural Wales is transformed – breathing new life into products that would otherwise end up in landfill.
Not only are the panels produced 100% recycled, but they are also 100% recyclable at the end of their life to offer a full cradle-to-cradle solution. The fact that the panels are supersized gives us a highly versatile material to work with which in turn produces zero waste.
Its range of stylish and colourful ‘one of a kind’ panel designs closely aligns with our own objective of creating bespoke high quality projects as unique as our clients. We’ve worked with Smile Plastics on several projects to date and all have their own distinct look from the colourful industrial style bespoke benches we created for Gymbox in Ealing to the blue green Concerto integrated duct panels (above) which add a splash of colour to the washrooms as part of this recent office refurbishment.
Ultimately, we know that the products we work with need to do more than just look good – they must also be durable so they’ll continue to look fantastic long after the project has completed. Smile Plastics are 100% waterproof, mould and rot-resistant, stain resistant and easy to clean, making them the perfect partner for both our washroom and joinery projects.
Working with sustainable materials manufacturers like Smile Plastics is just one way we’re reducing our environmental impact as a business and helping our clients meet their sustainability targets.
We’re firmly future-focussed which is why we are constantly investing in our people and our manufacturing facilities so that we can continue to deliver exceptional projects for our clients on time and on budget every time. 2022 was one of our biggest and most successful years to date as we completed more large-scale projects than ever before and with a packed pipeline of projects still to come – we’re building on this success into 2023 and beyond across all areas of the business.
In the last 12 months we’ve extended our in-house design services to offer more materials and product samples as well as full size project mock-ups to help clients visualise how their finished project will look on completion. And as sustainability is increasingly a key driver on more and more projects, we’re working with a growing number of sustainable materials manufacturers too. We work closely with clients and architects to get the very best out of every project, making sure the finished space meets the design brief and fulfils the needs of end users.
Our work in the Ealing Gateway building – a new office in the heart of Ealing – is a good example of this. Together with our specialist joinery partner, Cre8 Joinery Solutions, as well as creating the bespoke vanity units and lockers in the staff changing areas, we also manufactured and installed a reception desk faced with solid surface Corian in ‘Linen’ colour with Forbo insert and bespoke signage.
After extending our factory in 2021, our 58,000 sq ft site now comprises several specialist units which each have a specific focus, from panel production and lockers to Corian solid surface fabrication, joinery, CNC cutting and even our own spray shop – we’ve got every aspect covered in house. We are proud to manufacture bespoke so no two projects are ever the same. We combine traditional craftmanship with technology and natural materials with innovative products to create spaces as unique as our clients.
The prestigious office refurbishment at Apex Tower highlights this fusion of traditional and innovative beautifully. Here we manufactured Douglas Fir veneered hot desk units and bespoke storage units with powder coated metal framework and complete with Terrazzo stone shelves, while the new washroom areas feature our contemporary Alto Kristalla full height toilet cubicles and duct panels both manufactured using back-painted toughened glass.
Our talented installers and project managers, all work to the same level of attention to detail and care as we do in the factory allowing us not just to meet deadlines but to deliver the high quality of finish our clients expect. From working efficiently around other trades on site to collaborating with other members of the supply chain and delivering ‘just in time’ – our team will always do what it takes to complete projects to a high standard and on schedule.
Last year we completed works as part of a new South Lambeth development where our teams installed the fluted oak wall panelling, including concealed doorways, throughout the reception area of the building plus the bespoke reception desk with its Formica worktop and matching fluted oak panels. The oak theme continued into the washroom and changing areas where we installed benching manufactured from solid oak slats set on bespoke aluminium frames while our bespoke lockers feature veneered oak fronts which we book matched for the perfect finish.
Our full turnkey service, WeIntegr8, which we launched a few years ago with the aim of providing contractors with one single point of contact for washroom schemes and reception areas, has also been making its mark in the fit out sector in the last 12 months.
As part of a refurbishment project for the London Stock Exchange, our WeIntegr8 team delivered washroom works on levels one, five and seven of the building where we provided and installed all the required plumbing services. In the shower room on level seven in addition to all local plumbing, the team installed the shower tray, enclosure, vanity unit, Dyson wall Airblade and all ancillaries. In the building’s multifaith area on level one we created two new wudu areas, which included installing all the wudus, ancillaries and local plumbing. The addition of the wudu areas, which are designed for users to wash their feet for religious purposes, allows London Stock Exchange to create a fully inclusive environment.
Our mission to design, manufacture and install high quality washroom and joinery solutions for our clients remains at the heart of everything we do. As we’re just 20 mins from central London, why not get in touch and arrange a visit to see our facilities and meet the team to see for yourself how we make it our mission to deliver your projects?
We’re proud to launch our new Alto Cito outward opening toilet cubicle which we’ve created as part of our popular Alto toilet cubicle range.
Designed and developed by our director Trevor Bowers, the Alto Cito toilet cubicle has an outwards opening function designed in to provide easy access in an emergency. In such situations speed is essential and Alto Cito delivers, opening in just five seconds. This was the inspiration for the name as ‘cito’ comes from the Latin meaning ‘quickly’.
The beauty of Alto Cito is in its simplicity of design and ease of use – making it an effortless solution, as seamless as the Alto façade itself. It provides an additional safety feature which is simple and intuitive to use which is vital in an emergency situation.
What’s more, this additional feature comes without compromising on the design aesthetic of the cubicle.
Alto Cito is part of the Alto range of toilet cubicles which is defined by a full height floor to ceiling design and rebated flush system, offering a virtually seamless façade to create an unrivalled design statement. The Alto range continues to be a popular choice for commercial washroom settings, such as offices, where a high specification finish is required. Alto Cito offers the same sleek design and is fully enclosed for privacy but with the additional safety of outward opening emergency access for peace of mind.
Available in a wide range of finishes including laminate and real wood veneer, and complemented with the highest quality fittings, Alto Cito can be created bespoke to meet any brief for any washroom space.
We’re proud to provide complete delivery of our projects from start to finish for total accountability. Here’s how our on site installation service perfectly complements our design consultancy services and manufacturing capabilities, allowing us to create the beautifully bespoke finishes our clients demand.
Meticulous attention to detail
Our dedicated in-house installation teams understand our products inside out and appreciate the specific requirements of each project and any potential challenges the installation may pose. Natural problem-solvers, they’re used to finding the perfect solution and getting the job done with precision.
The team will often be required to work around numerous other trades simultaneously – something they can handle with ease. To assist the process, in the last few years we’ve developed an offsite service which allows us to manufacture and build an entire run of washroom units off site in our factory before quickly assembling on site, while our Concerto integrated duct panels can be manufactured pre-plumbed ready for a speedy installation process on site.
It almost goes without saying that our installation teams work to the highest levels of health and safety and as a CHAS accredited company, we are fully compliant with all regulations.
Understanding our role in the bigger picture
Our team of skilled project managers oversee each project, taking a hands-on approach and making sure every aspect, including any bespoke element, is manufactured and installed accurately for a quality finish. A key part of this is liaising with the wider supply chain as well as our main contractor clients to understand what is required from our team and when, in order to maintain the build schedule. This collaboration also allows us to see where any adjustments might need to be made to account for delays elsewhere in the project.
The fact that we manufacture the majority of our products on site at our factory in Essex, where we also have plenty of room to store stock and completed products, allows us to cater for ‘just in time’ deliveries to site to meet the most exacting programme schedules. Our fleet of fuel-efficient vans is constantly making journeys to and from sites each day so we can be responsive to any last minute need for materials.
And if that wasn’t enough, our WeIntegr8 division combines everything in one turnkey approach to offer contractors a multi-trade fit-out solution.
Above all, like everything we do, we pride ourselves on completing our installs on site to a high standard to ensure minimal snagging on project completion. With the same team looking after every aspect of a project it gives us total accountability and our clients peace of mind. Contact the team today to find out how we can help deliver your next project from start to finish.
As sustainability has become a major driving force in the construction sector, it has inspired materials manufacturers to develop a growing number of sustainable building materials.
Assessing a material’s sustainability is a multi-faceted and cyclical process that takes into account how it’s sourced, manufactured, how durable it is and how readily it can be recycled or reused. We’re always on the look-out for new materials which meet these environmental guidelines without compromising on either aesthetics or performance, and we’re proud to be able to offer a range of innovative and sustainable solutions – here are just some of our favourites.
Waste not want not – breathing new life into waste materials
Terrazzo by Diespeker & Co – one of the first companies to offer terrazzo and mosaic in the UK. On a recent project, we manufactured bespoke Diespeker terrazzo vanity units using crushed marble reclaimed from the floor of the reception area in the same building (see below).
Timber Terrazzo from Foresso – Made from timber off-cuts and wood waste, Foresso finds value in materials that would usually be thrown out. We manufactured a worktop using Timber Terrazzo in a walnut and sycamore mix plus ivory finish for the retail bar, island unit and reception desk as part of vibrant new reception area for an office on Wood Street in London.
Valchromat MDF panels – created by combining recycled pine wood and mill waste for an eye-catching colourful design. It is also engineered for high performance and durability.
Smile Plastics – an innovative new material manufactured in the UK using 100% recycled plastics which would otherwise be sent to landfill. It’s also very durable, 100% recyclable and is hand crafted in a wide array of colours for a bespoke design.
Can’t see the wood for the trees?
Sustainability is also as much about where raw materials are sourced as how they’re then used. We’re proud to be FSC-certified which means we only work with timber which has been grown in FSC-certified forests that are managed to strict environmental, social and economic standards. All our timber, including MDF panels and veneers, is FSC-certified – giving specifiers additional peace of mind.
In addition to being FSC-certified, using different species of wood which are naturally more sustainable like Bamboo is another way to improve the sustainability rating of a project. Bamboo can grow at a phenomenally fast rate, of around three feet per day, making it naturally renewable. What’s more, it’s also highly durable and is actually stronger than steel thanks to its tensile strength. We’ve also worked with Tabu veneer (see below), which is manufactured using reconstructed and naturally dyed multilaminar wood veneer to reproduce the decorative effects that are typical of rarer, slow-growing wood species.
Completing the cycle, we’ve also invested in a large biomass boiler which heats our entire factory and head office using waste wood offcuts from the factory.
The perfect finishing touches
We also have our own spray shop which gives us greater control over the types of paint and lacquer used on our finished products. Using products with low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) makes a difference without impacting on the aesthetics or performance. As well as being better for the environment, they’re also generally low odour and quicker to dry – making them more pleasant to work with too.
As sustainability accreditations are awarded to projects as a whole, it’s vital that every link in the supply chain and each product specified plays its part in achieving these standards. We’re committed to our environmental responsibilities as a manufacturer and installer and we’re proud to be able to work to all major environmental accreditations including WELL, LEED, SKA, BREEAM and PEFC on projects where this is a requirement.
We understand the importance of sustainability and the role we all need to play to improve the environmental impact and legacy of each project we work on. If you’d like to find out more, please contact us to arrange a visit to our factory to meet the team.
We’ve expanded our product collection with two new FENIX products – Marcato FENIX cubicles and Forza FENIX lockers – offering our clients even more flexibility and choice when it comes to creating bespoke washrooms and changing areas.
Both our Marcato FENIX cubicles and Forza FENIX lockers are manufactured using FENIX NTM compact laminate from Arpa Industriale – an innovative super matt and soft touch material ideal for use on vertical and horizontal surfaces. The Italian design, which is available in 15 highly opaque matt colours, uses nanotechnology to create a high-performance surface which is anti-fingerprint, impact resistant, hydro repellent and thermally self-healing.
We’ve designed our Marcato FENIX cubicle with two variations to be suitable for either wet or dry areas meaning they can be used as a shower, toilet or dry change cubicle depending on the project requirements. There’s also the option of extending the cubicle to full height for increased privacy. Marcato FENIX cubicles, just like our popular full height flush fronted Alto FENIX toilet cubicles, are the perfect addition to any high specification washroom area thanks to their ultra matt appearance and soft touch surface.
Our new Forza FENIX lockers bring the same aesthetic and performance benefits of FENIX NTM laminate to our standard range of lockers for the first time. Based on our popular Forza locker design, the new Forza FENIX cubicles are manufactured with a hardwearing aluminium carcass for exceptional durability and are available in a range of configurations including our Z shape design, to meet the requirements of any design brief.
If you’ve got a project that would benefit from the soft touch finish of FENIX, get in touch with our team today to find out more.
As sustainability increasingly becomes a key consideration for our clients, we’re proud to be able to work to all major environmental accreditations on projects where this is a requirement.
We’re committed to our environmental responsibilities as a manufacturer and installer and are always looking at ways that we can improve and reduce our impact on the environment, whether that’s through our methods or the materials we use, for example working with FSC® certified timber where required as well as materials manufactured using recycled products.
Industry recognised accreditations including WELL, LEED, SKA, BREEAM and PEFC between them provide the benchmark and standard for non-domestic fit-outs to give our clients peace of mind that we can meet a project’s sustainability targets. As the ratings are awarded to projects as a whole, it’s vital that every link in the supply chain plays its part in achieving these standards and we’re proud to be able to work within the parameters required.
Here are just a few examples of our recent projects with excellent sustainability scores:
This project at Waltham Forest Town Hall has been awarded BREEAM
This work for Take Two, London is officially LEED Gold accredited
We’re also currently in the process of completing two other projects with both being completed using FSC materials and low VOC lacquers.
We understand the importance of sustainability and the role we all need to play to improve the environmental impact and legacy of each project we work on. The fact that we handle every aspect of our projects in house means we can consider sustainability implications at all stages of a project, from the initial design and material specification to manufacture, delivery, installation and even a product’s projected lifecycle.
If you’d like to see how we meet all the industry leading assessment methods, then please contact us to arrange a visit at our factory in Essex and get a behind the scenes look at the work our fantastic team does.
We’re passionate about creating high quality bespoke washrooms, and being able to manufacture in house is a big part of what we do.
Once our design team has worked with our clients to finalise the design ready for manufacture, our manufacturing team, takes charge to deliver high quality bespoke projects as unique as our clients. We operate from a state-of-the-art 58,000 sq ft factory comprising several specialist units which each have a specific focus from panel production and lockers to Corian solid surface fabrication, joinery, CNC cutting and even our own spray shop – we’ve got every aspect covered – all in house.
We know it’s important to stay ahead of the curve so we’re continually investing in our equipment to make sure we can work as efficiently as possible and limit unnecessary waste. Our manufacturing arm is designed to link seamlessly with the rest of a project from design to installation – ensuring we deliver on time and to budget every time. But it’s not all about tech by any stretch of the imagination – our factory is not run by robots but experienced and highly skilled craftsmen and joiners who between them have countless decades of experience and know how to create the exceptional products our clients demand.
Manufacturing our own products gives us control over the quality of finish as every member of our team works to the same exacting standards, and also gives us greater control over timescales. What’s more, we have a large dedicated secure storage area which is ideal for storing both raw materials in advance of manufacture and completed products prior to delivery and installation on site on a just in time basis, without the risk of delays from third party suppliers.
We’re passionate about creating beautiful, bespoke products and as such we’re always on the lookout for new materials or finishes we can incorporate into our projects as well as new ways of working including our offsite solution and mock-up service. This allows us to manufacture elements of a project offsite for client approval making assembly and installation on site smoother. And with sustainability increasingly important to our clients, manufacturing in house gives us greater accountability.
Having our own manufacturing facility in house means we can be responsive and create bespoke designs to suit our clients with ease. Our aim has always been to deliver high quality washrooms on time and to budget and by manufacturing in house, we’re able to maintain this core ethos, even as new challenges arise.
In the last few months, we’ve secured new contracts to work on several high-profile commercial refurbishment projects.
We’re about to start work on a number of office refurbishment projects at prestigious buildings in and around central London, where we’ll be delivering a wide range of bespoke washroom and staff shower and changing room areas. Drawing on our extensive range of products and finishes we’ll be creating washrooms which are as unique as our clients and their buildings.
This includes work at Kodak House, a Grade II listed building which is currently undergoing a comprehensive refurbishment to provide high quality office space, as well as at 180 Great Portland Street which was originally built in 1910 and still features its stunning period façade of gleaming white stone. We’ll also be returning to Grade II Listed 60 Victoria Embankment as part of an upgrade project, having played our part in the initial refurbishment just under a decade ago.
As part of the raft of new contracts, the team will be working with London-based Ruddy Joinery to deliver a mix of bespoke lockers, benching and cubicles for two large Cycle Change areas in the new buildings at 8 Bishopsgate and 21 Moorfields. Both buildings are making their mark on London’s new skyline and cityscape with 8 Bishopsgate, which stands at 51 storeys high, making it the UK’s tallest structure to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, while 21 Moorfields is located directly above an existing London Underground station and will incorporate high-quality retail and commercial office space, plus a new public square.
Outside the city, we’ll be working on a new contract with motorway services provider, Moto, to upgrade facilities at its service stations. We’ve already installed new washrooms at six major sites across the country including Exeter (Devon), Leigh Delamere (Wiltshire), Tamworth (Staffordshire), Ferrybridge (West Yorkshire), Southwaite (Cumbria) and Kinross (Scotland). Moto’s purpose is to brighten people’s journeys and we hope that our new washroom facilities will do just that.
We’re pleased to welcome Thomas Harvey to our team of directors at Washroom and our partner company, Cre8 Joinery Solutions, as we embark on our next chapter as a company.
Having worked within our design department for more than six years and before that on the tools as a carpenter, Thomas has a full appreciation of exactly what goes into creating an exceptional Washroom and Cre8 project. Most recently Thomas has managed many high-profile projects in his role as project manager.
The Washroom ethos has always been to deliver exceptional projects on time and to budget and we’re confident that Thomas’ background in design and joinery as well as project management, makes him ideally suited to ensuring we continue to achieve this goal.
As a director, Thomas will not only play an active role in the day-to-day running of the business but will also be also be involved in shaping the future of both Washroom and Cre8 where his fresh perspective and new ideas will make a big impact. In addition, his main role will be overseeing our larger, more complex projects to ensure they run smoothly at every stage.
It’s an exciting time for us as a company having just celebrated our 20th anniversary and achieved our largest turnover to date and we’re looking forward to seeing what our next chapter brings.
Our in-house design department works closely with our clients to provide a solid foundation for their washroom designs, interpreting the latest trends and balancing this with the need for washrooms that can be built to withstand the rigours of a high traffic environment.
Design is so much more than the sum of its parts. It’s as much about how all different elements come together and work as a whole. Here are just a few ways we can ease the journey from initial design concept to practical completion to help architects and specifiers make their vision a reality.
We’ve invested a lot into making sure the majority of our products are available to download as BIM objects through the NBS platform. This means that they can be easily and seamlessly integrated into our client’s plans so they can see how their entire washroom will look once complete with tiles, flooring and other accessories as well how it will complement the rest of the building. In addition to this, our team is able to produce accurate drawings and realistic 3D rendered drawings to bring your designs to life.
We’re proud to be able to offer a completely bespoke service which means that no two washrooms we deliver are ever the same. This breadth of offering comes down in part to being able to work with such a wide range of materials. We’re always on the look-out for new materials, new finishes, colours, solid materials or veneers and accessories to create the trend-led washroom designs our clients demand.
To help navigate the vast array of materials and finishes available, we can provide samples for architects. Having an actual sample of the material allows architects to get a better sense of the colour and finish of the product in different lights to see how it will interact with the washroom design as a whole.
And as a manufacturer as well as a designer, we’re very aware of issues with materials shortages and cost rises , which is why our dedicated procurement team works closely with the design department to make sure we can deliver, suggesting like-for-like alternatives where necessary so we can always meet project deadlines.
Product samples and mock-ups
We know how important it is for architects and clients to have something more tactile and 3D alongside the digital design tools. That’s why we have a range of miniature yet accurate product samples for architects and clients alike to consider as part of their initial design phase. Likewise, we can also create fully working mock-ups to full scale in our factory once production is about to get underway. This gives clients the opportunity to see their finished designs exactly as they will look, without having to wait for completion on site.
Putting an emphasis on sustainability
Sustainability is increasingly a driving force for our clients. When it comes accreditations like SKA and BREEAM which apply to the whole project, it’s vital that every member of the supply chain plays their part in achieving the required sustainability criteria and we’re no exception.
We’re proud to be able to work to the parameters set and can advise on sustainable material options such as bamboo veneer as an alternative to slow-growing hardwoods or solid surface materials manufactured using recycled materials. A key part of creating a sustainable project lies in considering the product’s lifecycle – we’re able to advise on durable materials which will withstand high levels of use over a prolonged period with minimal maintenance required.
Over the last two decades, we’ve worked on countless projects and understand exactly how to create stylish washroom spaces which balance form and function perfectly – taking our clients’ designs to the next level. Why not get in touch today to see how we can help your next project?
We’ve teamed up with leading washroom accessory brand d line, to offer its new motion sensor tap as part of our already extensive accessory range.
d line as a brand is admired for its design ethos which combines minimalism and quality. Enduring both in strength and style, the new Sensor Tap from d line’s popular Qtoo collection gives new functionality and an increased hygiene factor thanks to its motion-activated technology – the clean lines of a d line design are matched with cleaner functionality.
As with any Qtoo wall mounted piece, the Sensor taps come with pioneering multi-adjustable built-in units for safe and easy installation. Staying true to the Qtoo sustainability principles, all stainless steel parts are 100% recyclable and comes with a 20-year guarantee. Sensor taps are further a highly sustainable water saver, issuing better control over the water consumption to the building owner, as a way to preserve and reserve water for a greater cause.
The Sensor tap, which has a battery lifetime of up to 8 years, is ideal for optimising bathroom hygiene without compromise. Available either countertop mounted or wall hung and in a range of PVD metal finishes including Brass, Copper and Charcoal which can be specified in either satin or polished finish, it can effectively meet any project specification.
Accessories like these from d line do more than add the finishing touches to a project, they can be the centrepiece and sourcing the right accessories to complement the washroom space is essential. As the trend for architectural ironmongery and washroom accessories that stand out, rather than blending in continues, being able to specify products in a range of finishes to contrast or complement other areas of a washroom can lift a project.
Every project we work on is unique. That’s why we offer a wide range of different accessories to complement each project and provide the perfect match to our cubicles and vanities. By continually updating the accessories we offer and working closely with leading manufacturers we can create the perfect match for any project.
We’re pleased to report an increase in turnover across all areas of the business for our last financial year – a fitting finale for our 20th anniversary.
We’re proud to offer a complete design, manufacture and installation service, with our talented team handling all aspects in-house, to provide our clients with greater certainty. This full-service approach has always been central to our business and always will be. In fact, we’re constantly investing in our manufacturing facility with new machinery including a new CNC machine alongside our recent office refurb, so we can continue to grow and deliver more projects for our clients in the future.
In the year that we celebrated two decades operating as a business, we also completed countless stand-out projects ranging in size and scope – many undertaken in partnership with our in-house joinery division, Cre8 Joinery Solutions.
Going back to the office
Many landlords wanted to revamp their office facilities ahead of staff making a more permanent return to the office.
One of the stand-out projects which we completed together with Cre8 at the very end of the year, was at One Westferry Circus. The design features a new staff shower and changing area with our Forza lockers in a deep slate grey finish, complete with digital code access locks, to complement the grey stone effect solid surface trough vanities and copper taps. The moss living wall sets the tone for the main reception area with its striking matt black metal framework and bold lettering above. While in the lift lobbies we manufactured and installed bespoke concrete wall panels to offset our light oak wood veneer panels, which complement the washroom areas perfectly.
Exchange House was another project where we worked together with Cre8 to deliver a combination of new washrooms, a shower area and tea points on various levels of the building. We manufactured the new vanity units using crushed Diespeker marble reclaimed from the floor of the reception area as part of the building’s refurbishment. The unique design also features bespoke mirrors with brass surrounds and elm wood supporting poles with leather straps while the tea point surfaces were manufactured using stylish COMPAC surface material from its stunning new Genesis collection.
Taking time to recharge leisure facilities
In a similar way last year, we also undertook various leisure projects with clients taking advantage of limited visitor numbers to refresh their facilities.
We carried out our sixth project for luxury health club brand, Third Space, this time for its Mayfair club where we installed bespoke Luminoso glass shower cubicles with laminated glass doors with a unique linear digital print design. Our Alto full height toilet cubicle doors were faced with walnut veneer laminate while we also manufactured bespoke Waney Edge walnut topped make-up vanities and marble and quartz washroom vanities.
One of our most colourful projects last year was for the Skylight rooftop bar in Peckham. Here our Alto Laminate full height toilet cubicles each have their own colour theme, behind the all-white exterior cubicle façade. The interior cubicle partitions and Concerto duct panelling in green, yellow and blue, provide a splash of colour for this unique washroom design.
This year we’re focussing on the mental health and general wellbeing of all our staff and we’re enlisting the help of a new company-wide team of trained mental health first aiders as part of this.
While the last two years have brought new challenges and stresses into our lives, the fact is that construction, as a predominantly male-dominated industry, has long had an issue with mental health which is made worse by the stigma surrounding it. We want to create an inclusive working environment, whether that’s in our factory, head office or out on sites up and down the country – making sure everyone in our team feels welcome, respected and listened to.
This year we’re putting together a team of mental health first aiders, who between them work in roles across the whole business. They will all be receiving professional training in the coming weeks and after which they will then be the point of contact should any member of staff be suffering from poor mental health or just need someone to talk to. They will be trained in how to deal with situations with compassion and understanding, simply listening as well as offering practical support in terms of advice on which health professionals to reach out to for further help and how we as a company could support them.
Once the training is complete, we’ll be introducing the team and explaining their role so that everyone at Washroom and Cre8 will be aware who they can speak to should they need to. And as well as being there to listen, our mental health first aiders also understand how to actively encourage conversations around mental health to break the stigma.
We’re making the time to get involved in national initiatives too such as the recent Time to Talk Day, which is dubbed ‘the nation’s biggest mental health conversation’ and is supported by mental health charity Mind. On the day, we positioned conversation starter packs at various points around our office and factory floor, which went down well.
It’s never been more important to look after our mental health and taking time to talk and listen to each other is a small but mighty tool we can use to make a big difference. Together we can fight the stigma of mental health and support each other so we can all carry on doing what we do best.
We’ve invested in an additional state-of-the-art CNC machine to maximise our manufacturing capabilities and further future-proof our factory.
Manufacturing is at the heart of our business which is why we’re continually investing in and improving our facilities. As part of this programme of investment, we’ve recently completed a large extension of our factory and offices to accommodate more designers and project managers as well as support staff, and in the last few months we’ve installed several additional new pieces of machinery in the factory including a new edge bander and extractor. The latest is our new Homag nesting CNC machine, which will ensure we maximise cutting efficiency with less material wastage.
Within our 58,000 sq ft factory, we’ve also got a dedicated storage warehouse to make sure we’re not relying on third party suppliers to deliver materials just in time plus a large a mock-up area where we can build elements of any project full size for client approvals prior to on-site installation.
We’re proud of our on-site manufacturing facilities and the fact that we’re able to design and manufacture in house as well as install on site. This ensures we have much greater control over quality and meeting programme deadlines plus it allows more scope to create bespoke items to suit our clients. By manufacturing most items in house, we can offer our clients exceptional reliability to deliver projects on time and budget. And with the latest new machinery now fully operational, we’ve effectively increased our manufacturing capacity so we’re all set for a packed schedule of projects over the next 12 months and beyond.
Our factory is conveniently located just 30 minutes from London by train, so why not contact us to arrange a tour of our factory and talk through your project requirements with our team?
We know that information is everything when it comes to specifying products so we’ve made it even easier than ever for architects to access the technical information they need on our entire range.
This year, we’ve refreshed and updated our manufacturers’ profile with NBS Source to highlight our full product range. This means all our core washroom products, which include toilet cubicles, vanities, duct panelling and accessories plus our shower and changing cubicles, benching and lockers are now available via the NBS Source platform.
As well as giving specifiers access to the most up-to-date product and technical information, there’s also scope to compare related products to determine which would best suit a design brief. What’s more, all products can be integrated seamlessly by specifiers into their project specifications – making the whole process as smooth as possible.
As well as essential technical specification details for each product, NBS Source also includes some of our most popular product variations with several different materials and finishes available to select as part of the specification. While we’ve included as many variations as possible, there simply isn’t space to cover all the bespoke options we can offer so please get in touch with the team if you have bespoke project requirements and we’d be happy to assist.
Alongside the updated NBS Source platform, we’ve also now made our comprehensive product specification sheets available to download direct from our website. You can find them here.
And we’ve also refreshed our company brochure to showcase some of our most recent projects and highlight the one-of-a-kind washroom, shower and changing areas we can create to meet the demands of any project brief. To request a printed copy please email email@example.com or alternatively download a PDF version here.
We’ve extended our product range and are proud to introduce Meta Duct Panelling, with a robust construction specifically suited to high specification projects – especially those in high traffic areas.
Our new Meta Duct Panelling system is constructed with a strong but lightweight aluminium framework manufactured from pressed aluminium section with an extruded aluminium fixing channel. It offers a robust and long-lasting solution, ideal for the most demanding environments.
Both the Meta and Concerto duct panelling systems are available with panels manufactured using a full array of materials including granite, solid surfacing materials, toughened glass, solid grade laminate and real wood veneers – all in a choice of colours and finishes to suit any project. And where a more bespoke finish is required, we also offer screen-printing, different edging options to complement other areas of the washroom, and more.
Our integrated duct panelling systems are the perfect way to cover up unsightly pipework behind WCs and urinals, creating a hygienic surface which is easy to keep clean. The panels are securely fitted to the framework with high quality Hafele push on/lift off brackets, providing access for future maintenance, whether planned or reactive.
The addition of Meta alongside our popular Concerto product, which is built using a pressure treated softwood timber framework, offers specifiers even greater choice and flexibility for washroom designs.
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