Washrooms

Important considerations for washroom design

School washrooms must offer maximum hygiene, safety and comfort. With our washroom systems this can be easily achieved, whatever your space or age group requirements.

Materials

Your washroom will need to be strong enough to be able to withstand the rigorous day-to-day use of the school environment and it really is not an area that you can curtail on quality!

For washoom cubicles, we commonly specify solid grade laminate, as it's an extremely hardwearing material that is totally impervious to water. Surfaces need to be smooth and easy to wipe down to ensure there is no build up onf bacteria. A huge range of laminate colours, including wood-finish imitations enable you to achieve the preferred style for your school.

Hygienic wall cladding is highly recommended for covering walls to give an anti-bacterial surface which is easily cleanable and durable. This is available in a large range of colours, giving further opportunity for design possibilities.

Wash troughs or basins

Wash troughs are favourable to individual wash basins, as they look smarter, are easier to clean, and have a reduced risk of flooding.

Students take pride in facilities that are more aesthetically pleasing, lowering instances of anti-social behaviour, while the robust nature of troughs makes them vandal-resistant.

Taps & Sanitaryware

You may wish to consider installing safety taps which stop running after a certain amount of water passes through to protect against water wastage and flooding. Sensor taps are also a popular option with the benefit that taps can’t be left running and allowing a no-touch operation reducing the risk of bacteria spreading. Similarly, sensor flushes for WCs and urinals remove the danger of conventional lever flushes becoming a germ-haven.

 

Washrooms for younger children

There are a range of washroom products with special features that help create a safe, clean and friendly washroom for younger children.

  • A wide choice of laminate finishes and unique designs, including the option for printed graphics
  • Lower toilet pans are available
  • Different shape doors and division panels in special low heights to allow the appropriate combination of supervision and privacy.
  • Safety measures such as anti-finger trap hinges and door indicator bolts with an emergency release.

Washrooms designed for maximum privacy

At certain times of the day washrooms can become very busy places. It is important, especially for secondary school children that they can get the privacy and safety that they need. A full-height, floor to ceiling cubicle system creates total privacy.

There are also additional privacy measures such as a floor channel system which closes all visible floor gaps and urinal screens to provide suitable privacy between each urinal.

 

Regulations for school washrooms

  • When there are four or more toilet cubicles in a block, at least one of them should be a designated disabled cubicle with a diameter of 1200mm and horizontal and vertical handrails.
  • All other cubicles should have at least 450mm of manoeuvring room
  • Handwash amenities must be located within close proximity to every toilet.
  • It is important that washrooms are well lit and properly ventilated.
  • Toilet blocks have to be easy to access for students and allow for passive supervision by staff, without infringing on privacy.
  • For secondary school children, appropriate changing rooms and showers must be available for PE lessons.
  • Staff facilities should be separate from those used by students, although disabled toilets are allowed to be accessed by both students, staff, visitors and volunteers.
  • Male washrooms should have one per 20 students while urinals should constitute no more than two-thirds of the boys’ fixtures.
  • Female washrooms should have one toilet per 20 students.
  • There should be one handwash basin per toilet/urinal where there are three or fewer fixtures and two per three toilets/urinals where there are three or more fixtures.
We have a range of resources to make planning your Washroom refurbishment easy and hassle free.
You can download our Project Panning Guide packed full of key considerations and options for different layouts and you can also get some visual inspiration from our image gallery.
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