Maxwood washrooms bring executive style to iconic offices
Innovation and elegance are on the agenda in executive washrooms by Maxwood for one of Central London’s iconic buildings. Originally built in the 1940s for the Ministry of Defence, St George’s Court in Bloomsbury Way has undergone a radical reinvention for the 21st Century. New ‘Grade A’ office space over the building’s eight upper floors feature well-designed washrooms with a high quality finish to maximise sales/rental potential. Maxwood’s bespoke package includes Marante flush-fronted cubicles and Xeista Cascade Vanity Troughs, which have a descending slope so water flows directly into a drainage gulley without leaving splash marks like a traditional hand basin unit. Additionally, Vanity Mirror Units for the new washrooms are gas-strut hinged, a time-saving concept introduced by Maxwood to enable quick and convenient access to paper towel and soap dispensers for refilling and maintenance purposes.
Space-saving superloos by Maxwood were specified for the top storey office suite at St George’s Court, while separate male and female washrooms, together with a DDA compliant WC, were provided on other floors. Maxwood also supplied showers and changing facilities with benching for the building’s newly refurbished basement in line with the Government’s scheme to encourage more people to cycle to work.
Offering full-height cubicle styling for total privacy, Maxwood’s Marante system was the ideal choice for the prestigious commercial refurbishment. Its unique pilaster design, rebated to run in-line with the doors, is combined with fall-to-close hinges to maintain an elegant flush appearance. Cubicles for St George’s Court are manufactured from durable, low maintenance high pressure laminated panels with an attractive Wenge effect finish to cubicle doors. The new retro-style urinals fitted in male washrooms complement the building’s distinctive post-war architectural design.
The new washrooms’ clean, contemporary styling is completed by Cascade Vanity Troughs, manufactured by Maxwood in pure white Quaronite solid surfacing and with chrome finish mono mixer taps. Maxwood’s team was also able to provide a solution to an aesthetic challenge posed by a structural vertical beam running through female washrooms on each floor. The clever use of a ‘dummy’ panel door, designed to match working cubicle doors, encloses the beam in each washroom and conceals it from view.
Five ‘superloo’ units, with a toilet pan and washbasin for use by either gender, were supplied by Maxwood for floor nine of St George’s Court. Each unit is designed to make the most of limited interior space and has a compact Vanity Unit from Maxwood’s Xaron range with pre-laminated framework and pre-hung removable panels for fast and easy installation on site. “Maxwood’s team was a pleasure to work with on this project and we look forward to working with them again,” says Rob Garstin, Quantity Surveyor for main contractor Kier Construction.
Maxwood is a family business with many years of experience in the design and manufacture of high quality washroom systems for the commercial sectors. The company’s comprehensive range of high quality, easy-to-fit washroom cubicles, vanity (hand basin) units, lockers, duct panelling systems, and accessories is complemented by exceptional levels of customer care and project support.