Pre-wall commercial bathroom systems allow architects to create openness in the smallest of spaces. Viega offers functional, hygienic solutions that are futureproofed for easy maintenance and refurbishment
The success of a bathroom design relies on factors including aesthetic requirements, usage, building standards and longer term considerations such as maintenance, refurbishment and renewal. Standards, such as BS 6465-2 (2017) Sanitary, lay out the minimum space that must be left around baths, basins, showers and the clearance to doors, but when installing today's clean, sleek and modern designs in a smaller space, these requirements can get trickier.
Pre-wall systems are an ideal solution. Consisting of timber or steel frames, these dry construction designs create internal walls easily. They can be adapted to almost any room, regardless of wall height, shape or layout, and it is easy to conceal cisterns, pipework and drainage.
When used alongside slimline cisterns and integrated frames that support basins, bidets and urinals, it is possible to maximise the useable space using virtually any configuration of sanitaryware, including free-standing partitions and ‘barrier-free’ layouts.
Fixtures and fittings such as larger flush plates that require lower activation pressure to function and sensor-activated designs that remove the physical link between pressure and mechanism, improve the ease of use for those with disabilities.
Back-to-wall toilets and basins mounted on pre-wall systems have fewer exposed surfaces so they are more hygienic and easier to keep clean. Combined with infrared-actuating flush panels, they offer contactless activation. For hotels, streamlining the cleaning process in this way means faster room turnaround between guests.
Speeding up maintenance and minimising disruption is critical. Flush plates can provide straightforward access. Most actuating panels have an easy-to-remove front plate that gives sufficient space for engineers to access main components.
Hotels will refurbish bathrooms and bedrooms every five to seven years so versatility is also key. As long as a layout is unchanged, the fixtures and fittings on pre-wall systems (including the flush plate) can be replaced and the wall re-clad in fresh panelling. The pipework, cistern and frames remain the same with the flush control component the most likely to be replaced. By specifying high quality actuating panels from the outset, this can be done quickly and effectively.
Pre-wall systems offer architects an easy solution to overcoming design challenges, allowing them to create bathrooms that maximise space while looking good.
Viega offers a RIBA accredited CPD on pre-wall bathroom design. Visit www.viega.co.uk/CPD to find out more.
For more information and technical support, visit www.viega.co.uk
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