Maxwood goes for gold with luxury washrooms for London’s Broadgate Quarter
Luxurious washrooms by Maxwood, specified in a stunning gold and black colour scheme, are among the premium facilities for the new tenants of Broadgate Quarter in the heart of the City of London. The major remodelling project by ISG on behalf of developer Hines provides Grade A office space, managed by Helix Property Advisors, in one of the capital’s most desirable locations. The new washrooms feature laminated glass with a unique metallic effect from the Swisslamex range. Inlaid with a ‘gold’ coated fabric mesh, the glass creates a shimmering finish to duct panelling and vanity splashbacks that changes with the light and angle of view.
Project architect, Francis Lam of John Robertson Architects, says he was impressed by Maxwood’s professionalism and ‘can do’ attitude, particularly when it came to using innovative materials, such as Swisslamex glass, which he was keen to incorporate into the washroom design. He comments: “We considered a number of manufacturers but only Maxwood offered the design and manufacturing flexibility we were looking for on this high profile project. We, and our clients, are delighted with the finished washrooms.” Fit-out specialists, ISG, also found Maxwood’s design team very helpful, particularly in getting the first set of drawings approved promptly. “The team knew their products well and worked with us to ensure a great result,” says Juleigh Hamilton-Gillings, Design Manager, ISG.
Maxwood designed, manufactured and installed male and female sanitary facilities on each of the reconfigured floors at Broadgate Quarter and in the basement area – the latter also includes Maxwood lockers and benching for the convenience of staff who cycle to work. Maxwood’s flush-fronted Maranté cubicle system provided an elegant solution for the majority of washrooms. The full-height doors and pilasters were manufactured from a High Pressure Laminate (HPL) with a Jet Black Gloss finish.
The dramatic use of black is contrasted by Maxwall panels, faced with the Swisslamex ‘gold’ glass. Maxwall duct panelling systems are tailor-made for each installation in Maxwood’s factory and delivered to site in ready-assembled, pre-laminated modular frames to be installed within stud-wall cavities or surface mounted with a box frame unit. As well as enabling ease of installation, Maxwall conceals plumbing ducts to toilet cubicles, urinals and vanity units and creates an upmarket finish.
Sparkling white sanitaryware completes the designer-inspired washrooms at Broadgate Quarter. Maxwood’s package includes trendsetting trough-style vanity tops from its popular Xeista range, manufactured in Glacier White Corian. In addition, 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.
Washroom and changing facilities in Broadgate Quarter’s basement complement the main washrooms in terms of materials and colours. As well as two Maxwood ‘superloos’ with a toilet pan and washbasin for use by either gender, the area is provided with a number of storage lockers, together with benching with attractive American White Ash slats. Made-to-measure from Maxwood’s Ocean range, the lockers offer a robust storage solution for wet and dry environments.