Case Study – Catherine Infant School

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For this project, we were tasked with providing a full washroom refurbishment in the education sector for an infant school. From initial enquiry, site survey and design all the way through to quotation, installation and handover. In this case study, we will walk you through how we completed each of these services and steps.

Survey

When we had our initial enquiry from the building contractor we set a time and date to meet on site to discuss the requirements for this specific project. This took place during lockdown when COVID-19 had hit. So although surveying has changed dramatically in the past 6 months, we were cautious and alert to the dangers. Wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment, we met with our client and measured three separate washrooms located across the Infant School. For more information on PPE (personal protective equipment) you can visit this link https://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/ppe.htm to find out WHY it’s important, the different types of PPE and WHEN to use them.

The two most important requirements you need whilst surveying are getting the dimensions, location of the services and understanding the end user and environment your products will be installed into. After measuring the rooms and taking the correct dimensions and positions of various feeds, we were able to go back to the office and start designing. Please see the existing washrooms below:

Before Image

Before Image

Design

For this step, we took the measurements and notes that we had taken during the survey stage. We then used these pieces of information to start designing a washroom. Having a washroom that is correct in sizes makes installation go as smoothly as possible. It also makes sure your washroom was purpose built for the end user and environment you are installing into.

At this infant school we knew we would be installing a washroom where the user would be ages 4-11. Straight away we knew our SOUL cubicles range would be ideally suited for this end user and environment. We decided to manufacture all of the panel products from High Pressure Laminate (HPL). Robust and durable enough to withstand any “rough and tumble” that may occur in a school washroom. Whilst providing enough privacy to make the children feel safe and secure. Despite the privacy offered by this cubicle range, with half height curved doors it does still allow for some supervision if a member of staff needed to help a child in need.

We also designed our door graphics, which are very popular amongst young age groups. The graphics breath life into any washroom. Lighting up the room and making it much more fun and welcoming to all children. Especially to some who may find using school toilet an intimidating experience. For the 3 separate areas we designed three separate door graphic themes, Robots, Llamas and Jungle Animals.

Quotation

Once the design was complete, we began the pricing process. Considering everything from panel sizes and core materials through to accessories and door graphics. We work closely with all clients proposing rendered drawings and quotation free of charge.

Installation

Once we had manufactured all the cubicle, IPS duct panelling and vanity units we began the installation process. All of our carpenters and plumbing are fully qualified complete with DBS checks and all other appropriate accreditation. Working with other trades on site, communication is key and we pride ourselves on our ability to work along side cohesively with other tradesman.

Handover

Once installation had been completed, we will carry out a final clean and a double check of all services. With handover we supply O+M Manuals (Operations and Maintenance). These give details on all of the materials and products used, where they can be found and most importantly, the best way to clean and maintain them. On this occasion, there were no snags but we understand that they do happen so our aim is to always be as helpful and responsive as possible when a customer or client do find something that they believe to be incorrect.

Completed washroom images below:

Jungle Animal Door Graphics

Jungle Animal Door Graphics

Jungle Animal Door Graphics

Jungle Animal Door Graphics

Robot Door Graphics

Robot Door Graphics

Robot Door Graphics

We will publish multiple blogs from projects we have completed this summer. So be sure to stay tuned in and if you have any questions or queries please feel free to get in touch!

Thank you for reading.

We often get asked “what exactly is a commercial washroom company?” or “what does a commercial washroom company do?”
 
Well, allow us to explain!
 
We offer a range of services (which we will get to shortly) with the collective aim of delivering complete washroom solutions to the customers specification, to meet their budget and most importantly, to deliver on time!
 
We operate in multiple sectors nationwide (based in the East Midlands) and we will now break down what sectors we operate within and how we can use our knowledge of each washroom environment and end user to propose the perfect match. Considering factors such as age range, footfall, humidity and expose to moisture/water we consult with our clients to find out exactly what THEY need and then we will propose the most suitable solution for THEM.
 

Commercial

A good example of a commercial washroom project would be an office washroom refurbishment. Depending on budget, we can offer our standard, robust and economically friendly REALITY cubicle system. Alternatively, if our client wanted more of a “wow factor” in a more prestigious environment, we can offer our TIME cubicle range. Both ranges are available in multiple materials and finishes that allows us to accommodate for all budgets and environments no matter how demanding they may be.
 

Healthcare

In the healthcare sector, it goes without saying, hygiene and cleanliness is king. We must be able to deliver washrooms and products such as our Clinical Basin Units and Sani Units that assist with maintaining hygiene and cleanliness levels. This means not just being easy to clean and maintain but also have anti-bacterial properties and deter build ups of dust/bacteria. For any further information on how to prevent and control the spread of harmful bacteria and virus’ (especially in our current climate dealing with COVID-19) there are many helpful link on high authority websites, please find a couple of example below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control – GOV.uk

https://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en/ – World Health Organisation
 

Leisure

In the Leisure sector, we often find within washrooms and changing rooms they have shower facilities. When providing shower cubicles, we must consider the challenges our cubicles (and all panel products) will face, our shower cubicles must be able to withstand water, humidity and intense condensation. Therefore, we only provide cubicles that are manufactured from Solid Grade Laminate (also known as Compact Grade Laminate). This material is extremely robust, durable and water resistant, making it ideal for leisure environments. We can also provide bench seating and lockers in matching laminates to the cubicles so that your washrooms and changing rooms look fluid and consistent throughout your facilities.
 

Education

The Education sector is the sector we operate the most frequently in. We can service all age groups from nursery and primary school children all the way through to secondary school, colleges and universities. However, each age group not only requires a different cubicle system but also different materials quantities. This article shows in more detail how to identify what standard is required and the variants of this between age groups. Alternatively, you can see a table below showing the variables between age ranges:

Our cubicle ranges are also suited to different age groups, which we have presented below:
 
For Nursery / Pre-School washrooms, we would suggest our MIND cubicle range. This is a half-height cubicle system that is friendly and welcoming for small children who may find using the toilet an intimidating experience, as well as assisting staff with increased supervision due to the height of the doors and partitions.
 
For Primary School restrooms we would suggest using our SOUL cubicle range. Similar to our mind range but with full height pilasters to give the pupils additional privacy whilst still allowing teachers appropriate supervision. Both our Mind and Soul cubicle ranges have a variety of door graphics available upon request.
 
For Secondary School and College washrooms, we recommend a more robust and durable system, statistically, vandalism is more likely to take place in a washroom due to the lack of teacher presence. So we suggest utilising our REALITY cubicle system, which when manufactured from Solid Grade Laminate is extremely durable, robust and importantly, very flexible, it can be installed into any environment.
 
We offer many services within these sectors. From initial consultation and survey, through to design and manufacture all the way through to installation and aftercare. For a more detailed explanation of each of our services and what our aim is with each, click here!
 
If you have any washroom requirements and would like some free advice, survey and quotation, feel free to get in touch!

ASK Washrooms are rolling out a new product in 2020. With the current Corona virus pandemic, we are all facing the same problem worldwide. How do we return to work safely whilst maintain hygienic standards and cleanliness in the workplace? This applies to you whether you work in construction, an office, a school or a hospital.

As an example, how do we at ASK Washrooms create an environment that is hygienic, clean and safe for not only our employees but our customers and end users.

Introducing our new Sani Units

Sani Unit is an elegant and practical solution for personal hand sanitation and waste disposal. A strength of this product is that it is suitable for all environments, ideal for hospitals, schools, offices, airports, service stations and many other workspaces/public areas.

What does a Sani Unit offer?

Supplied with an automatic touch-free dispenser and large lockable compartment equipped with a capacious bin and two universal box holders allowing you to dispense face masks, gloves or wipes.

What is it manufactured from?

The Sani Unit is manufactured from Solid Grade Laminate (also known as Compact Grade Laminate) benefitting from antibacterial treatment that eliminates 99.9% of bacteria, which of course is an extremely valuable trait in our current climate.

Does it come in multiple finishes?

Our standard Sani Units are supplied in white or graphite complete with optional decorative finishes to the sides of the unit. For bespoke or bulk orders other colours are available on request.

What is the size of the Sani Units?

Our Sani Units are manufactured to the dimensions shown below:

Height: 1425mm

Width: 400mm

Depth: 355mm

However, if you would like to discuss a bespoke size/order then make a request to a member of the team who will be able to discuss your individual requirements

Where should you position your Sani Units?

We would recommend establishing where the busiest areas are in your work place, whether that is a construction site, office, school or hospital. Once you have identified your busiest areas this will help you when deciding where to place your Sani Units. We would generally advise near entrance/exit points as well as stair wells.

For further reading, you can find our references below, these are from higher authority website such as WHO (World Health Organisation), NHS (National Health Service) GOV.UK (the official government website) and CLC (Construction Leadership Council)

WHO – https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_1

NHS – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

GOV.UK – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

NHS – https://www.nhs.uk/news/lifestyle-and-exercise/cold-water-just-as-good-as-hot-for-handwashing/

CLC – https://mcusercontent.com/55c1c1e2c0759ecf57cd8ea9c/files/3188ada2-dfca-4399-ab9f-d4d4325e7e71/CLC_Site_Operating_Procedures_140402020.pdf

 

If after reading this post, you have any queries or questions, please feel free to get in touch with a member of the team using the contact details below:

Email info@askwashrooms.co.uk

Telephone 0116 326 0060

 

As with all our projects and products, surveys, quotations, designs and rendered drawings are completely free of charge, so why not ASK?

 

In the washroom industry, one of the leading requirements we all expect when using a washroom is that is it clean and safe. Whether, like us, you are installing a new washroom or if you are a customer/student/employee using a washroom, we all take hygiene and cleanliness seriously. We do not want to provide a washroom that people do not feel comfortable using and we do not want to provide a washroom that is difficult to maintain and clean.

 

As an example, with our Clinical Basin Units, if they are not full height up to the ceiling, we would strongly recommend a sloped top / lid. This prevents a flat surface which could potentially be used to put rubbish on making it cluttered and more importantly it significantly decreased the volume or dust/bacteria that can build up more aggressively on flat surfaces.

 

That is just one example, for one product, in the healthcare sector, we do our very best to improve hygiene and cleanliness across all our products where applicable. Naturally, healthcare products require a very high standard when it comes to maintenance, hygiene and cleanliness due to the environment which they are going into. In hospitals, germs and bacteria can spread very quickly and very efficiently so we must explore every avenue and option available to us in order to assist our health care system as much as possible.

 

Schools, universities and nurseries are all within the education sector. Although many people may not see them as important as a hospital in terms of the cleanliness and hygiene levels, it is imperative that they are maintained and cleaned properly, not just in terms of the staff member responsible for cleaning the areas but they need to be using the correct cleaning products depending on the materials in their specific washroom. Therefore, we offer aftercare advice and maintenance manuals for every nursery, school or university that we work with.

 

Ultimately, the responsibility lies with the employer, for example the government are responsible for advising the schools on how to maintain cleanliness and hygiene levels to the current guidelines.

PHE (Public Health England) exists to “protect and improve the nations health and wellbeing” and has many responsibilities such as the below:

  • making the public healthier and reducing differences between the health of different groups by promoting healthier lifestyles, advising government and supporting action by local government, the NHS and the public
  • protecting the nation from public health hazards
  • preparing for and responding to public health emergencies
  • improving the health of the whole population by sharing our information and expertise, and identifying and preparing for future public health challenges
  • supporting local authorities and the NHS to plan and provide health and social care services such as immunisation and screening programmes, and to develop the public health system and its specialist workforce
  • researching, collecting and analysing data to improve our understanding of public health challenges, and come up with answers to public health problems

In order to achieve the responsibilities listed above, the PHE gives the following advice:

  • Effective hand washing is an important method of controlling the spread of infections, especially those that cause diarrhoea and vomiting.
  • Always wash hands after using the toilet and before eating or handling food. Use warm, running water and a mild, preferably liquid, soap. Toilets must be kept clean.
  • Discard disposable towels in a bin. Bins with foot-pedal operated lids are preferable.
  • Encourage use of handkerchiefs when coughing and sneezing.

The NEU recommends that schools also adopt the following additional procedures:

  • Razors, toothbrushes or other implements which could become contaminated with blood must not be shared.
  • Minor cuts, open or weeping skin lesions, and abrasions should be covered with waterproof or other suitable dressings.
  • Nappies and sanitary towels must be burnt in an incinerator or securely bagged and sealed, and disposed of according to local guidance.
  • Tampons may be flushed down the toilet; however, it is advisable to dispose of them in the same way as sanitary towels. Local guidance should be followed.

 

For more information on PHE guidelines and responsibilities please visit the following government website for further reading: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england/about

For further information on hygiene control in schools and who is responsibility for this please visit the following website: https://neu.org.uk/advice/hygiene-control-schools

 

For NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and PHE (Public Health England) advice on teaching children simple lessons on how to tackle hygiene in school, please visit the following government link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/teach-children-simple-hygiene-to-help-curb-infections

Existing Washroom:

 

Following the specification to replace “like for like” we manufactured 18mm moisture resistant Melamine Faced Chipboard complete with 2mm high impact ABS edging. Using our SOUL cubicle range, ideal for primary school children due to the half height doors and partitions, giving staff members increased supervision of the students without compromising their privacy (for more information on our SOUL cubicle range and all other ranges we have available please visit www.askwashrooms.co.uk/cubicles).

On this project we used Armitage Shanks sanitaryware throughout, predominantly because of the high-quality products but we also like to try and keep all our sanitaryware “uniform” and consistent throughout.

Then for the vanity unit we used an 18mm High Pressure Laminate work top manufactured at 350mm depth, ideal for accepting semi recessed basins. Our removable Access Panels were manufactured from Moisture Resistant Melamine Faced Chipboard (allowing easy access to the concealed pipework to assist staff with maintenance).

For this individual project we were responsible for the rip out of the existing washroom as well as the installation (full carpentry installation and plumbing works) and are pleased to show you the finished product in the images below:

 

Completed Washroom:

At ASK Washrooms we offer a very unique full turn key solution for any washroom project. We can take you through a project, step by step, from initial consultation and site survey, all the way through to Handover and Aftercare.

However, in this post we are going to be taking a closer look at just one of these “steps” and specifically a service we provide within this step.

Consultation is an extremely important part of the process when managing a washroom project (for more details on this visit our consultation page www.askwashrooms.co.uk/consultation)

A service that we provide when consulting with clients/contractors is visual renders. We deliver these rendered images to help the client understand EXACTLY what they are being offered in the quotation. Some people are more visual than others and we find providing a rendered image of the washroom we have quoted for really helps potential customers understand exactly what they are getting.

As well as the above, the rendered images also help with colour selections, seeing a swatch card with small samples is great for showing a client the range of colours available to them but it can be difficult to imagine the colours on a larger scale, this is where our renders come in and show them EXACTLY what they are getting. Of course they can also use this to decide they would like to see other colour combinations requiring multiple revisions, this is all part of the process of helping the client arrive at a final design they are really happy with.

ASK Washrooms have achieved CHAS Accreditation!

 

We see this as a really positive step forward as we can reassure not only our current clientele but all potential future clients that we are compliant with the CHAS standards.

What does this mean?

It means that we have demonstrated compliance with the CHAS standards in line with SSIP Core Criteria and UK Health and Safety Legislation (employing fewer than 5 people) to the requirements of the CDM Regulations 2015.

With Christmas now well behind us, ASK Washrooms are busy filling up their calendar for the school Easter and Summer holidays with various washroom/toilet projects.

At ASK Washrooms, we can provide a full turn key solution / one stop shop for clients, taking you step by step through each stage.

These stages include:

Survey

Design & Consultation

Quotation & Rendered Images

Supply of materials & Installation

Handover

Please contact us for a free survey, quotation and design. We can offer a washroom solution to suit all budgets and environments.

We are centrally based in the East Midlands and work nationally. 

Email : 

Phone : 0116 326 7071