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Building Products April 2017

BATHROOMS AND KITCHENS DURABILITY IS KEY TOLUXURY LOOK Visitors to leisure facilities are looking for clean, well-designed washrooms, showers and changing areas and with these areas known to make a lasting impression, it is important to get it right. Trevor Bowers explains how, by careful selection of materials, it is possible to create washrooms and changing areas that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are durable. There has been an increase in demand for APRIL 2017 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 37 leisure facilities with a more luxurious feel, yet these still need to be able to withstand high levels of traffic – day in, day out. Whether it is a private gym, staff changing area in an office building, or public sector leisure space, visitors are demanding high quality designled facilities. If these areas are poorly maintained, no matter how beautifully designed they are, it can ultimately dissuade users from visiting so it is absolutely vital to consider the practical implications of materials used and their expected life cycle as part of the overall design. One of the key considerations has to be the longevity of materials in terms of how well they will perform under pressure and how much or how little maintenance they will need to avoid looking tired and dated over time. Opting for cubicles, lockers, benching and walllinings manufactured from highly durable Solid Grade Laminate (SGL) is an ideal way to ensure facilities will remain in excellent condition with minimal additional maintenance required. SGL provides a hygienic surface which is easy to clean, highly resistant to vandalism and is totally impervious to water, making it a suitable choice for changing rooms and shower areas which will be subject to high levels of moisture and humidity. Not only that but the solid construction of SGL means that with no substrate, it removes the need for independent edging which could come off, looking unsightly over time. While SGL offers a host of practical benefits, this does not come at the expense of aesthetics as it is available in a wide choice of different colours, to complement or tone in with any design scheme. When it comes to cubicles manufactured from SGL these can be specified with matching pilasters to create a flush front finish for a more contemporary appearance. While glass might seem too delicate and therefore unsuitable for high traffic environments this simply is not the case. Toughened glass has come a long way meaning specifiers can use it Continued on page 38 >>>


Building Products April 2017
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