Well designed washing and showering spaces can help keep a workforce happy, healthy and productive
Washrooms matter. They create an impression on visitors every bit as much as a statement reception desk or stylish meeting room so it's vital they meet the needs and expectations of end-users in the workplace.
The WELL Building Standard continues to shape contemporary office design. Its core wellness design principles influence every aspect of a building and well designed washrooms are a key part of the process.
Providing privacy for end-users is essential and can be achieved easily by specifying full-height doors, such as those on the Alto flush-front toilet cubicle. The increasingly popular ‘superloo’ layout also provides an excellent solution. A self-contained space including toilet, vanity unit and hand-drying facilities all in one cubicle, the superloo maximises floor space and offers improved privacy.
Superloos also lend themselves well to being designated as unisex or gender-neutral facilities. Increasingly, this is becoming a vital consideration for modern office spaces looking to fully embrace wellness principles.
One of the core principles of the WELL Building standard is fitness: supporting workers with opportunities for physical activity. One way of doing this is to provide shower and changing facilities to encourage exercise and improve overall wellbeing. Once seen as a luxury, these are now considered standard.
Adding Z-style lockers such as the Forza, designed to accommodate a suit, or extra-large shower cubicles with space to shower and get dressed, ensures that facilities meet the demands of today’s office workers.
Keeping commercial washrooms clean is essential to protect against any potential spread of infection. Bathroom surface materials including paper/resin-based Fenix NTM and quartz composite Silestone have built-in anti-bacterial properties. Bespoke vanity units with integrated waste bins, handbag shelves and infrared sensor-operated taps also help keep spaces hygienic.
Washroom Washroom has been working with architects on high-specification commercial projects for almost two decades - offering its architectural clients a wealth of experience as well as a passion for washroom design. The company operates from a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Essex, creating bespoke designs to meet the exact requirements of any brief.
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