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About the Client

Walthamstow Academy is a mixed secondary school and sixth form located in Walthamstow, London. It is one of a family of academies sponsored by United Learning, the largest single sponsor of academies in the UK.

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Client Brief

Having worked on a toilet refurbishment project for Walthamstow in the past, the academy contacted us again to refurbish a second set of toilets.

The remit for this was to create a gender-neutral washroom area that replicated the design of the first refurbishment project. Furthermore, the academy wanted the washroom area to be open plan to keep truancy levels low.

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Our School Refurbishment Solution

The facilitate the open-plan layout in the school corridor, our London interior designers carefully routed the pipework to ensure the waste could flow correctly. This was crucial in allowing us to install the new sinks, which would be situated in a “island” in the middle of the open-plan area.

As a way of reducing truancy levels, our designers built the island at a low-level height so passing staff members could monitor students during lesson time. Further to this, the sinks within the island were fitted with motion-sensitive taps to prevent flood damage caused by students leaving on water.

Aesthetically, the washroom was based on the previous install. The classic yet modern design includes “Metro” tiles (so called because of their likeness to London Underground tiles), a sophisticated light and dark grey colour scheme throughout, and modern circular mirrors.

Other key features of the design include an ambulant toilet with grab rails for disabled users, multiple cubicles with durable sanitary ware, soft LED downlights for a warm and inviting atmosphere, new hand dryers and soap dispensers, water-resistant ceiling tiles, and easy-to-clean vinyl flooring.

School toilet design and refurbishment by Rap Interiors

The Result

With the help of our interior design and project team, Walthamstow Academy now has a modern, clean and stylish new washroom area suitable for all students. The carefully configured open plan layout has ensured truancy levels have remained low, while the design elements have ensured the aesthetic replicates that of the previous washroom. Finally, the hard-wearing sanitary ware and water-resistant elements will ensure the washroom will last for many years to come.

We would like to say thank you to Walthamstow Academy for considering us for another fantastic project. We are delighted to hear that the washroom refurb is a success and wish all the students and staff the best for the future!

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