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Introducing the new Geberit tap system

The new Geberit tap system changes the thinking behind touchless technology in the washroom, with slimline elegant deck and wall-mounted taps that combine aesthetic appeal with optimum hygiene and clever thinking.

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Electronic washbasin taps are the hygienic, water-saving option for washrooms, and now they are as big on aesthetic values as they are on practical advantages, thanks to the new Geberit tap system. Making installation straightforward and creating a clean, minimal finish, all the fixings are neatly behind the wall with a Geberit Duofix installation frame. This means that all the key components, including the robust mounting plate for the wall-mounted tap, function box, washbasin fastening and the drain, are height-adjustable, with the installation frames easy to adapt to suit virtually any installation.

The Geberit tap system works in perfect conjunction with the Geberit Duofix installation frames. All you see in front of the wall are the essential functional elements – the tap and the IR sensor. All of the controls are completely separate and housed in a clever function box in the installation frame, where they are easy to access yet well protected against moisture and manipulation.

Separating the outlet from the control provides more flexibility to create elegant designs for touchless taps, which now take on a slim, timeless and elegant form. Designed by renowned industrial designer, Christoph Behling, both Piave and Brenta are available as wall-mounted or deck-mounted options and can be combined with practically any washbasin design. The wall-mounted taps are supplied in lengths of 170mm or 220mm and leave the washbasin free for ease of cleaning, while the deck-mounted option has a high outlet, giving the user more space for hand washing.

With three power supply options which can be changed at any time – mains, battery or self-sustaining via a generator unit driven by the presser of the tap water – operation costs are minimised, while all the components for regulating and maintaining the tap, water supply and mains connections are housed in the function box under the washbasin, where they stay safe and dry.

Remedying the general shortcomings of touchless taps in one smart solution, the Geberit tap system results in sophisticated ergonomics for hand washing, optimised hygiene and ease of cleaning and outstanding aesthetics for washroom design.

For more information call Geberit on 01926 516800 or visit www.geberit.co.uk

Washroom design for the well educated

With so many rules and regulations surrounding the practicalities of washroom design in educational settings, Daniel Ward, Senior Ceramics Product Manager for Twyford, talks us through the dos and don’ts of sanitary specification for the school environment.

Specifying products for washrooms within the education sector may seem like a fairly straightforward task, but there are a number of considerations that need to be taken into account to ensure not only that regulations are met, but that the space is well designed, comfortable and practical.

Lack of privacy, vandalism and inadequate cleaning and maintenance can make a visit to the toilet an unpleasant and unhealthy experience for students. In fact, recent research undertaken by charity Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence (ERIC) highlighted that the quality of school toilets has a huge impact on pupils’ health, education and happiness. Therefore the design of washrooms in education premises needs to be about a lot more than simply providing enough toilets and washbasins.

Laying out the order

The overall layout of school washrooms is a good place to start. As well as adhering to regulations regarding wheelchair accessible cubicles, all standard cubicles must have a minimum 450mm-diameter manoeuvring space that is clear of the door swing. And of course, when you are designing spaces for growing children, the sizes and fixing heights of sanitaryware must be suitable for the relevant user age groups too. Short projection WCs offer a good solution here, creating the necessary space while still ensuring user comfort. Wall-mounting the pan with a suitable framing system will enable the height of the WC to be easily adjusted during installation, to better meet the needs of the user.

Hygiene first

Aside from layout, hygiene in this environment is extremely important too, with ease of cleaning being key to students’ health and wellbeing. So much so that the Department for Education offers guidance on the issue, stating that to avoid build-up of dirt and germs, the toilets in schools should be wall-hung or back to wall.. This also offers a solution with regards to ensuring plumbing work is tamper-proof, a particular point of note when specifying for colleges and universities which serve older children and young adults. The cistern and pipework concealed within the framing system, preventing interference, while being easy to access for maintenance purposes. A dual-flush cistern sitting neatly behind the wall will also help to significantly reduce the amount of water used, while not affecting overall flushing performance. This is particularly important in educational establishments, which are high-traffic areas with the potential for toilets to be flushed literally hundreds of times in any one day.

It is also worth noting that in schools, particularly where younger users are present, the recommendation is also to avoid urinals, but where they are specified to opt for individual bowls rather than a trough, with modestly panels for privacy.

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Twyford offers a Rimfree school pans and Flushwise water-efficient WC flushing options.

Water-saving pays off

The washbasins in school washrooms should also be subject to a number of practical considerations. Of course, ease of cleaning for hygiene reasons remains imperative, making ceramics that are coated with an easy to clean glaze a particular benefit, while the choice of brassware is also important. Not only should mixer taps for washbasins be robust and tamper-proof, ideally they should be fitted with an automatic shut-off too, either through a built-in timed delivery feature or infra-red sensors.

Energy and water are a major proportion of non-staff costs in schools, colleges and universities and a major part of their environmental impact. While some schools will have greater scope for savings than others, overall more than 20% of energy is wasted, and a school that is equipped with water conservation devices, such as taps with automatic shut-offs or flow restrictors, plus dual-flush WCS, typically use less than half the amount of water used in schools where such features are not present.

Longevity guarantee

Keeping maintenance levels as low as possible is an important requirement in school buildings, where downtime in washrooms can be at best inconvenient for staff and students. This makes the specification of quality sanitary fittings that will be hard-wearing and durable, of particular significance. To limit the frequency of replacing such fixtures and fittings, their life expectancy should be around 15-20 years, with a manufacturer’s guarantee providing the best scope for this.

There are undoubtedly a lot of things to consider when designing washrooms for educational establishments, with all elements really carrying an equal weight of importance. The trick to ticking all of them off and achieving a successful design is to establish a strong relationship with a manufacturer who is able to respond to all aspects of a washroom’s design, from layouts and dimensions to styles and materials as standard, so that there is never any need to compromise.

For more details contact Twyford on 01926 516800 or visit www.twyfordbathrooms.com.

Wallgate announces new Australasian distributor

Wallgate Limited, a market leading specialist in the design and manufacture of robust washrooms and sanitaryware solutions, has appointed Australia’s leading commercial tapware designer and supplier, Galvin Engineering, as its sole Australasian distributor.

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The addition of the Wallgate brand provides Galvin with increased access into a number of Australasian markets including commercial, secure, and healthcare as well as mental health and custodial environments.  It also reinforces Galvin’s purpose of working closely with leading designers and contractors to help them build world facilities for better health and safer communities.

Already established across these various markets as a tapware supplier, Galvin will now be able to offer a comprehensive package of highly innovative and suitable washroom equipment by having access to Wallgates range of sanitaryware and electronic water management systems.

Galvin Engineering has a team of over 80 people based in offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane that design and supply specialised taps and fixtures to commercial health and correctional building projects.  Sector expert Marco Bevilacqua will lead a new specialist team that will concentrate solely on the secure market out of the Melbourne office.

As part of the new arrangement, Wallgate will be distributing Galvin’s healthcare range in the UK and wider global markets. Specifically, the company will be responsible for supporting the GalvinCare, anti-ligature tapware and fixtures range (www.galvincare.com).

Marco Bevilacqua comments:

“This is a very exciting time for us – these appointments broaden reach and underline our ambition and focus to meet customers’ needs on a global scale. We are proud to distribute Wallgate’s robust, innovative washroom and sanitaryware range in our markets.”

This appointment serves to reinforce Wallgate’s commitment to the region and provide its Australasian customers with an enhanced service, both technically and commercially.”

Wallgate managing director, Trevor Powell comments:

“We are very pleased to welcome Galvin as a new distributor for our product range in the Australasian market. They bring a track record of delivering high quality products and have a proven reputation for markets that are key to us.

Expansion and innovation are key messages that we share with Galvin. This is already proven through Galvin working closely with us and our North American distributor, Intersan to develop and drive new initiatives in the North American behavioural health market which includes Mexico, Canada and the USA.”

For further details on each company, contact information and latest product releases for both Wallgate and Galvin please visit the respective websites:

www.wallgate.com, www.galvinspecialised.com.au  and www.galvinengineering.com.au.

Introducing the new Geberit Bathroom Collection

The market-leading sanitary brand which brought you Geberit AquaClean, Geberit Duofix and Geberit Mapress is proud to announce the launch of the Geberit Bathroom Collection. With 150 years of behind and in front of the wall experience, Geberit expands its know-how into an exciting collection of ceramics, furniture and mirrors; ideal for residential projects and hotels.

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Swiss innovation combines with the vision of Europe’s leading product designers to deliver a five-series collection, where elegant design meets outstanding function – placing comfort, usability and new cleanliness technologies at the heart of the modern bathroom as never before.

The Geberit Bathroom Collection offers exciting design solutions for any space, with a wide range of standard and short projection washbasins and toilets, bidets, mirrored cabinets and cleverly designed furniture with generous storage. Function pervades throughout with innovations including Geberit Rimfree® toilets, Geberit AquaClean shower toilets, the Geberit DuoFresh odour extraction unit and advanced KeraTect® ceramic glazes.

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Design meets function is the ethos behind the whole Geberit Bathroom Collection which includes the sophisticated Geberit Acanto series where the development of bathroom ergonomics is taken to an all new level. The result is the development of furniture and cabinets at the perfect reach height for various family members and compartments of the right size and shape to store daily used products within an optimum reach zone.

Furniture in the Acanto series can be combined in any number of ways to create a truly individual solution and is offered in a trend-setting mixture of materials and surfaces including glass, metal, painted and wood finishes.  The range also comprises a wide range of washbasins,  Rimfree® toilets and bathtubs.

Further ranges include Citterio which offers timeless elegance with geometric lines and gentle organic curves; Xeno2 – a pure and minimalistic design concept with distinctive products; iCon – a timeless, clear design offering graphical clarity and extraordinary options; and Smyle an attractive combination of harmonious design and functionality.  A complementary offering of illuminated mirrors and mirrored cabinets is also available with Geberit Option.

“With the launching of the Geberit Bathroom Collection it is now possible to offer architects, designers and specifiers a comprehensive range of products both in front of and behind the wall that meet the brand‘s exacting quality standards,” comments Geberit UK Managing Director, Mark Larden. “All the sanitary solutions for creating a dream bathroom can now be obtained from a single, inspirational source.“

For more information call Geberit on 01926 516800 or visit www.geberit.co.uk

Let there be light whatever the hour, with Geberit Monolith Plus

Geberit has introduced a new addition to its best-selling Monolith sanitary module, with the Geberit Monolith Plus. Featuring the same sleek, elegant glass frontage as the original model, this latest addition not only conceals all plumbing worn neatly out of sight, but also integrates a wealth of technology to raise the comfort levels in the contemporary bathroom.

Available in a choice of white or black glass, the elegant sanitary module has a discreet and indirect ComfortLight, providing a warm glow behind the module, which is automatically activated as the user approaches. This makes it perfect for when using the bathroom at night, or for creating a calming ambience at bath-time.

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Geberit Monolith Plus also features an integrated odour extraction unit, filling the space with clean, fresh air even in bathrooms with minimal natural ventilation.

Making light work of converting to the high-end look of wall-hung sanitaryware, the Geberit Monolith Plus can be connected to existing water and drainage connections, without any major structural changes or even retiling being necessary. With all pipework, fixtures and fittings neatly concealed behind the glass a streamlined finish is effortlessly achieved.

For more details call 0800 077 8365 or visit www.geberit.co.uk

Thirty6 – New Thinking for The Smallest Room

Bathroom Brands launch new bathroom range designed with the British home in mind.

MyHome ™ 50cm Basin with Pedestal £105.10 shown with MyHome ™ Mini single lever basin mixer £82.76.

Despite the typical British bathroom being only six feet square or smaller, today’s bathroom remains one of the most considered spaces in home design. With new homes including two or more bathroom spaces as standard, most of which are small in dimension, builders and plumbers are actively seeking products that make the best use of available space for the homeowner. Consumer design expectations for these compact rooms is fuelled by TV programmes, magazines and brochures showcasing high design standards across the home. Understandably, homeowners want these same standards despite limitations on space.

With this in mind new bathroom brand Thirty6, launched this week, has rearticulated the bathroom with fresh thinking from design company Bluefrog. The result is MyHome™, the first instalment of a new range made for typical British bathroom spaces that will allow homeowners to stamp a unique identity in the one room where privacy is assured. MyHome™ has been designed to make the room feel more spacious whatever the size.”

Roger Cooper, Director for Thirty6, explains, “Photographing bathrooms for brochures or TV requires studio sets far larger than the usual British bathroom. In order to achieve the best from the set design, the physical spaces used never reflect real bathrooms. However, meeting a customer’s expectations in a space only 6-foot square can be achieved by innovative product design and clever room planning.”

As an example, super-thin basin rims that mean the washing area of a 50cm basin is as large as a 60cm size. Dual-flush compact toilets that have the shortest projections into the room are matched up with an elegant, slim cistern. Innovation with mini basin mixers designed to perfectly match with smaller basins and an Xofill fitting that does away with the need for bath taps, so leaving the bath rim clear of brassware. MyHome™ also includes a range of compact baths starting at just 150cm in length and a stylish range of furniture.

Close-coupled toilet, cistern and seat £255.88.

Stocked exclusively by the Plumb Center group, Thirty6 is the solution for builders, installers and plumbers who are looking for top quality, well-designed products at a highly competitive price. With availability from over 500 Plumb Center branches across the UK and Northern Ireland, Thirty6 can also be supplied by bathroom designers and retailers.

Bath/shower thermostatic combination with Xofill bath fitting, three-handle mixer and shower kit £270.42.

Roger Cooper commented “With rising house prices and space at a premium new homes will need to make small spaces seem big. This range meets the needs of housebuilders and those who are refurbishing existing buildings.”

www.thirty6bathrooms.co.uk        Tel 01322 475 660

www.plumbcenter.co.uk             Tel 0344 292 7060

 

Keramag Design’s Citterio Collection inspires with timeless, Italian design

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Keramag Design’s Citterio Collection, designed by the world famous Italian architect Antonio Citterio, harmonises crisp geometric contours and organic shapes in one.

Citterio offers a sleek, timeless elegance which will appeal to a broad church of customers from high-end private properties to commercial projects.

The luxurious modular furniture, pictured in oak grey brown woodgrain with black glass fronts, complements the gentle curves of the inner washbasins and features compartmentalised storage and smooth-running soft-close drawers. The furniture is also available with the body in oak natural beige and the glass front in taupe.

The frames of the stylish illuminated mirrors match the vanity units to emphasise the crisp geometry of the furniture. Tall cabinets are available with glass fronts or open shelving, in addition to wall-hung toilets and bidets, to complete the sense of luxury.

For further information on Keramag Design visit www.keramagdesign.com

Keramag Design’s Silk collection is the ideal for the hotel and leisure sectors

km2Keramag Design’s Silk collection, designed by the internationally renowned product designer Michael Schmidt, combines elegance, precision detail and design flexibility. It is ideal for designers and specifiers looking to create distinctive bathrooms in luxury hotels, spas and resorts, and in high end private properties.

Six sizes of lay on basin, 400mm, 570mm, 600mm, 800mm, 1000mm and 1200mm, are precision crafted with gentle, elegant curves and feature a flat, wide rim that provides a useful area for guests to use for soaps and toothbrushes.

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The basins are combinable with washbasin plates available in five sizes to offer a wide choice of layout combinations, while also creating extra shelf space for toiletries. The basins also come with the flexibility to add vanity units, with half height and tall cabinets also available, to create additional storage if required.

The water-and-humidity resistant washbasin plates and furniture are available in high quality real wood veneers of oak and Wenge Pangar, or high gloss white.

For more information contact Keramag Design on tel: 01926 516800, www.keramagdesign.com

Of sound design

Based on findings from its dedicated acoustics laboratory, Victoria Willis, Product Manager for Geberit, explains the importance of taking a complete system approach to designing out the nuisance sound of sanitary noise.

Good bathroom acoustics requires a holistic approach, beginning at the design and specification stage and culminating in exact installation practices. For a completely satisfactory outcome where no-one is disturbed by sanitary noise within a building every element must be considered; from where the bathroom resides in the building, to the type and configuration of drainage pipes, sanitaryware and how it is installed. Measuring the noise from running water in drainage pipes alone does not give an accurate picture of the overall acoustic levels in real buildings, which is why Geberit has a dedicated sound laboratory at its Swiss headquarters where scientists perform sound measurements on the complete system, inclusive of cistern, WC, wall structure and drainage, under realistic conditions. Such tests and their results enable Geberit to make informed and reliable recommendations for ensuring everyone within a building can look forward to a sound night’s sleep.

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Generally, bathrooms should produce no more than 40dBs of noise and in the UK, bathrooms are considered to be performing at a reasonable level when up to 44dB of associated sounds can be heard in an adjoining room. Scientists at the Geberit acoustics lab found that using a combination of Geberit systems sound readings can be taken down as low as 25dB. Thislow sound rating was achieved in two true-to-life test scenarios: In a room with timber stud walls, 15mm plasterboard and timber pre-wall fitted with a wall-hung WC and Geberit Silent-db20 pipework, and in a room with Geberit Duofix metal stud walls, 15mm plasterboard, wall-hung WC s fitted back-to-back and Geberit Silent-db20.

Noise is in the air

Sound travels through the air (airborne) or walls (structure-borne). Airborne sound can be minimised by using insulating material around pipes, for example. Structure-borne sound, which causes sound to travel through a building – a particular problem in multiple-floored buildings incorporating several bathrooms – can be tackled by keeping individual components apart from one another. As a general rule of thumb, installation walls should not border areas that are intended to be quiet, such as bedrooms, while de-coupling the WC from the fabric of the building (both the structural wall and the floor) also goes a long way to ensuring a building is acoustically sound.geb2

It is for this reason that wall-hung sanitaryware is a more effective sound reducing option than back-to-wall or close-coupled WCs, eliminating noise travelling through the floor. Research in Geberit’s own state-of-the-art sound laboratory found that lightweight pre-wall has a significant effect on sound insulation by moving the WC away from the main fabric of the building. This kind of structure can also be given additional sound-absorbing properties using a thin foam layer facing the floor or ceiling.

Frame it

In addition, rubber brackets, elastic connections and insulating layers, can all help to prevent solid-borne sound. A Geberit Duofix frame optimises acoustic values, with integrated rubber tipped push rods to reduce noise from the flush plate when pressed for flushing, a polythene jacket insulating the cistern, circlips on threaded rods to eliminate movement and sound absorbing seals on drainage brackets.

When installing any WC, an insulation mat on the wall, as well as sound insulation sleeves for fastening screws, will also help reduce noise. Geberit insulation tape can be used between panels, system rails and building structures to maximise results.

In terms of piping, always choose pipe brackets with rubber lining and make sure they are not tightened toofirmly. Cement should not be used to fasten components to the wall, as this could result in sound bridges. Instead, by selecting Geberit pipe brackets with the appropriate diameter and tightening them fully, optimum fastening and sound insulation conditions can be achieved.geb

In the pipeline

One of the vital steps to reducing pipework noise is minimising the number of off-sets in the pipe runs. For example, a 45 degree bend creates 9dBs as opposed to just 5dBs from a 15 degree bend. Multiplied by the numerous pipes used within a many-floored building this equates to considerable sound savings.

Where possible choose pipework with integral noise reduction, such as Geberit’s Silent-dB20 which includes stone composite to deaden water sound as it runs through. Geberit Silent-db20 also has sound insulating ribs on the impact zones, further minimising sound development as waste water travels through the pipes.

By taking such a complete system approach to building acoustics, Geberit offers everything needed to reduce noise: a fully integrated system of silent and easy-to-install products as well as specialised know-how in planning and installation. The effect is not only audible, but visible too, because silent Geberit installations are an ideal basis for great bathroom design.

Geberit – 01926 516800 www.geberit.co.uk 

Five-star luxury at the touch of a button

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With comfort and luxury at every turn, Geberit AquaClean 8000plus shower toilets were the natural choice for the five-star Park Hyatt Vienna Hotel.

In the heart of Vienna’s old town, a 100-year-old bank building was converted into a luxury hotel. Today, the Park Hyatt Vienna combines contemporary architecture with the ambiance expected from a heritage building.

The conversion involved gutting the historical complex and redesigning it from scratch, with all conversion measures implemented in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Monuments Office and carried out by craftspeople in line with the original. In order to optimise room heights and functional areas, numerous ceilings and walls were removed and built back in at a different location, with the architects paying particular attention to protecting the historical components from damage.

Converting the two-story basement – where the former bank safes were located – into a spa area with a large swimming pool proved a major challenge in terms of structural engineering. To gain more room height, the suspended ceiling was removed and new beams added. To do this, the entire building had to be painstakingly lifted using hydraulic jacks so as to not damage the heritage-protected seamless marble slabs in the former cashier hall located above, which now houses the restaurant The Bank.

Due to the building structure, it was not possible to build standard rooms. As a result, virtually no two hotel rooms are alike.

When furnishing the 143 spacious hotel rooms, the interior designers combined timeless, elegant design with local Viennese flair. The market-leading Geberit AquaClean shower toilets are a feature of the 108 luxurious and spacious hotel rooms, plus 35 suites, offering guests the opportunity to indulge in spa-like comfort throughout their stay.

The Geberit AquaClean 8000plus combines the functions of a toilet and a bidet in one compact unit. At the touch of a button the shower toilet washes the user clean with a gentle, airy water spray at body temperature. The intensity of the water can be adjusted to one of five levels, while the oscillating spray provides a particularly beneficial clean.

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The Geberit AquaClean 8000plus also offers many pampering functions in addition to the shower function, including an adjustable spray temperature and intensity, a pulsating massage function has an invigorating effect, an integrated warm-air dryer and an automatic odour extraction function, which fills the room with fresh, clean air.

“Shower toilets are a standard feature at the Park Hyatt Vienna because they offer unparalleled comfort and are also expected by international guests,” explains Dietmar Ploberger, Project Manager at Signa Development, the company responsible for the conversion.