Client: General Dynamic UK
A toilet refurbishment can simply mean updating the sanitary ware or tiling the walls. or it can involve a great deal more. Our customer, General Dynamic UK, specialises in technical systems for the MOD and wanted to bring their toilets into the 21st century.
The toilet refurbishment incorporated everything from a new ceiling and LED lighting down to new easier to clean anti-slip vinyl flooring.
We started off by measuring up the toilets and drawing it on CAD which made working out the quantity of tiles and the sizes of new cubicles much easier. Luckily the overall layout of the toilets was going to stay the same so there was no need for a plumber to re-route any pipework. We worked with the customer using colour swatches and mood boards to plan the new toilets. By identifying what was wrong with the existing toilets we were able to define what was going the make the biggest difference.
- The existing tiles were very dated on both the walls and the floor with some very bland grey cubicles.
- The suspended ceiling comprised old fissured tiles with marks on the grid and damage to some tiles.
- The gold lights looked very dated and with halogen bulbs were not very energy efficient.
- The toilets and urinals were very basic.
- The lighting above the mirror didn’t work and the bulkhead above and down the side of the mirror looked poor.
- The shower was fairly recent with a good quality shower installed.
- The pipework below the vanity unit leaked and the sinks just needed updating.
- LED lighting compared to halogen bulbs will always make a space much brighter and eliminate the nasty shadows on the walls.
- Large format tiles add a modern touch whilst also being much easier to clean.
- Anti-slip vinyl flooring is not only much safer, but much easier to clean with coved edges and no grout lines to worry about.
- Modern dual flush toilets, urinal and sinks are much more aesthetically pleasing.
- New cubicles and IPS panels in a modern colour combination have an instant effect making the space much more modern.
Toilet Refurbishment Construction Photographs
As soon as we got on site our fitters made quick work of removing the tiles, suspended ceiling and old sanitary ware. We used floor protection to ensure the mess didn’t spread into the hallways and offices when we were transporting the rubbish to the skip. Once the toilet was stripped back to basics we could install the IPS panelling and all the associated plumbing behind them. The coved edges of the new anti-slip flooring provided a level base to start tiling which made a dramatic difference in a short space of time. Large format tiles look great and because of their size they cover a large amount of area very quickly.
Once the flooring and tiles were installed the suspended ceiling, sanitary ware and cubicles were installed. The mirror was given a new minimalist frame to replace the wooden architrave.
Toilet Refurbishment Completion Photographs
Once the plumbing had been checked and all of the electrics re-connected the toilets were ready for use. We installed some lovely new stainless steel toilet roll holders and soap dispensers to keep with the modern look of the toilets. The customer was very pleased with the work we did as it caused minimal disruption and we left the toilet area looking clean and tidy.
Summary on Toilet Refurbishments
- Tiling and lighting have the biggest impacts on the overall look of a toilet.
- Mood boards and samples are a great way to visualise how a colour scheme will look.
- We use floor protection on our projects to ensure dust and dirt from the construction doesn’t spread into offices and hallways.
- We like to install LED lighting and dual flush cisterns where possible to promote energy efficiency and save water.
Questions on Toilet Refurbishments
Want more inspiration? Have a look at another job we did in Melksham. If you have any questions or you have a toilet that needs updating, please give us a call on 01380 738844