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Building Products March 2018

COMMERCIAL toughened glass provides a highly durable finish yet also offers huge design versatility with textured glass, acid etching, back-painted glass and digitally screen printed designs all available. Staff shower and changing facilities One of the most noticeable differences about the modern office is the provision of staff shower and changing areas, designed to cater for the increasing number of office workers who choose to cycle into work, take a fitness class at lunchtime or hit the gym. Once seen as a luxury, staff shower and changing facilities are fast becoming the norm and, moreover, a standard to judge other offices by. These facilities are often specified with high quality fixtures and fittings and the result is a space which would not be out of place in a private gym or leisure club. Installing spacious Z-shaped lockers, designed to comfortably accommodate a suit, or extra-large shower cubicles ensure changing areas meet the specific requirements of office workers. Spacious full-height shower and changing cubicles which include benching and hooks as well as a shower ensure end users have complete privacy to get changed. With competition fierce, companies are increasingly using workplaces as a way to attract and retain talent. It’s never been more important to ensure office facilities, including washrooms and staff shower areas, are of the highest possible standard and are designed to meet the needs of today’s office workers. www.washroom.co.uk MARCH 2018 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 59 pushing the boundaries of design, creating new products and utilising the latest materials, manufacturers have developed an extensive range of options for the washroom – giving architects the tools to create unique design-led, yet practical washroom spaces. Innovative new materials, which offer exceptional durability together with design versatility have been a game-changer, with materials like glass, real wood veneers, anodised aluminium and Corian frequently specified for office washroom designs. Man-made solid surface materials such as Staron, LG Hi Macs, Silestone and Corian have all grown in popularity within the office sector. Available in a wide range of attractive colours and textures, the colour runs right through, meaning it can be cut, bent and joined to produce an attractive natural stone-like seamless finish. Solid surface materials are also hygienic, highly durable and easy to clean, making them ideal for use in a busy office environment. One of the latest developments in materials technology, Fenix NTM, is already making an impact within the commercial washroom market. An innovative acrylic resin surface material, manufactured by Italian manufacturer Arpa Industriale, using the latest nanotechnology, Fenix NTM is ideal for commercial washrooms. Not only is it anti-fingerprint, hydro repellent and resistant to scratches and abrasion, it is also thermally self-healing and light fast so it won’t fade over time. The fact that it is also easy to clean, mould resistant and boasts enhanced antibacterial properties is an additional benefit for clients and facilities managers alike. Extremely matt with low light reflectivity and a unique fashionable super matt appearance, Fenix NTM is also soft to the touch, making it increasingly popular with architects and interior designers looking for a luxury high performance finish. The advances in the manufacture of glass mean it can be used throughout a washroom from cubicle doors to panelling and lockers. Specially


Building Products March 2018
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