Maxwood makes a splash with executive washrooms for 3 Pancras Square
Maxwood has once again demonstrated its design and manufacturing expertise with executive washrooms for a landmark commercial development in Central London. Maxwood’s package for 3 Pancras Square, the latest building in Argent’s King’s Cross masterplan, provides male, female and accessible washrooms over ten floors of contemporary office space, together with changing facilities in the basement.
Working to a concept created by BAM Design, Maxwood custom-designed and built the washrooms exclusively for the prestigious project. Styled around Maxwood’s high quality product range, from elegant flush-fronted Maranté toilet cubicles to Xeista Corian vanity units incorporating hand-basins with a luxurious bronze-effect finish and matt black taps. Maxwood’s comprehensive package also included complementary wall panelling with a neat shadow gap trim around the grey gloss panels for washroom lobbies. Laura Gilbert, Senior Interior Designer of BAM Design commented, “Maxwood’s bespoke production and installation is of the highest quality. The attention to detail, especially around the material transitions, has made our concept a stunning reality!”
Occupying a prime position with stunning views over the Regent’s Canal, 3 Pancras Square is constructed around a single core, with washrooms within the central core of each floor plate. Maxwood’s team worked closely with developer, Argent LLP and main contractor, BAM Construction South East, to meet the project’s exacting aesthetic and technical demands. Needless to say, a washroom project of this scale and prestige posed a number of design challenges, says Maxwood Design Manager, Jason Owen: “The architect’s excellent drawings and clear design intents helped us transform an inspirational concept into workable washroom designs that deliver both style and function.” Speaking on behalf of BAM Construction South East, Design Manager, Tom Waterston, comments: “Whilst this was a very demanding design programme for all parties, the finished washrooms look fantastic and the client is delighted. Maxwood’s use of concealed fixings, so no unsightly screws or brackets are on show, enhances the seamless finish.”
The full-height doors to the Maranté toilet cubicles at 3 Pancras Square are faced with a cream-coloured gloss laminate with black PVD hardware and are fitted with fall-to-close hinges. The cubicles’ attractive flush surface appearance is achieved with a unique pilaster design, rebated to run in-line with the doors. Vanity tops for the new washrooms were manufactured from Krion in a neutral shade, creating a dramatic contrast to the gold and black elements. Maxwood’s innovative Prism Mirror Box units complement the vanity area, combining sleek styling with convenient storage. Lift off mirror panels enable effortless access to washroom supplies such as paper towels and soap dispensers.
In addition to designing executive washrooms for the new building’s upper storeys, Maxwood provided smart, practical solutions for male and female changing rooms located in the basement. These include extra tall toilet cubicles, for added privacy, from its water-resistant Marin XT range and Oracle lockers. With its space-saving design and robust construction, Maxwood’s Oracle locker system is ideal for this type of tough environment, providing secure personal storage that is easy to maintain. The facilities are completed with Opex bench seating with solid ash slats and handy pull-out ironing boards.
Pipework and mounting of sanitaryware for all washrooms at 3 Pancras Square was concealed by the use of Maxwood’s Maxwall Duct Panelling system. Made-to-measure ducting units in grey gloss were manufactured offsite by Maxwood and delivered to site ready to install to toilet/shower cubicles and male urinals.