Designer    Case Study 19 Mar 2018

Eighty-four high-spec bathrooms refurbed in this Harrogate care home, with Impey wetrooms

Housed in a former 18th century hotel, The Granby Care Home provides care across 78 high-spec bedrooms in Harrogate. The owner and operator of the care home, ‘brighterkind’, sought an extensive refurb to bring the bathrooms up to date. It specified the creation of 84 level-access shower rooms and shower areas, with integrated wetroom floors and corresponding accessories including grab bars, toilet roll holders and support accessories (see image below).

Meeting the spec

Tasked with creating the highly-functional showering facilities suitable for residents with a variety of mobility needs, while still matching the impressive and high-specification detail of the renowned building, brighterkind’s design manager Rachel Warrington chose Impey’s LevelDec wetroom floor formers and Boston Comfort and Safety accessories for each of the shower rooms. She said: “I have worked with Impey before and know the LevelDec wetroom floor formers to be the best on the market in terms of design and flexibility. I am also incredibly pleased with the choice of Boston Comfort and Safety Accessories; which provide excellent functionality without the drawback of an institutional-style design.”

Impey’s LevelDec Wetrooms

Designed with fast and easy installation in mind, each of the LevelDec EasyFit floor formers, fitted with vinyl wastes, create an ideal gradient of 1:40 for quick and efficient drainage. The unique rotating drain-plate allows for simple avoidance of existing joists or pipework without under-boarding – saving time and therefore budget on such a large-scale operation. Intelligent engineering ensured that the strong honeycomb structure of the Level Dec EasyFit system had strength and rigidity – easily able to accommodate up to 300kg (40 stones) and effortlessly supporting both wheelchair users and their carers. Offering superior versatility, the LevelDec EasyFit can be fitted onto wood or concrete floors and comes in eleven trimmable sizes ensuring it is suitable for wetrooms of all shapes and sizes – incredibly important in a unique building like The Granby.

Boston Comfort and Safety Accessories

Keen to maintain an attractive, modern look, and to ensure maximum functionality, Rachel opted for Boston Comfort and Safety bathroom accessories – a multi-purpose range of stainless-steel accessories designed to create a safe showering environment without compromising on style. The selection of essential accessories includes a variety of straight and angled multi-purpose safety bars, as well as a stylish folding shower seat, towel rack, hook, soap-holder and dispenser, 2-in-1 toilet roll holder, additional anti-slip grips, universal organiser and a safety shower bar. Designed to create a personalised safe showering experience without an institutional look, all of the safety bars can support up to 150kg (over 23 stone) and come with the option to add a clever anti-slip grip to provide extra reassurance. The optional anti-slip grips can be easily retro-fitted to the safety bars, 2-in-1 toilet roll holder or the shower safety bar when required, providing the ideal future-proofing option for those residents whose mobility needs may increase over time.

The Specifier’s Verdict

Rachel Warrington, design manager from brighterkind, commented: “The Granby has been decorated with both sophisticated style and optimum comfort in mind. It’s important that the rooms feel as homely as possible and the Impey products have helped to achieve this.”

The Installer’s Verdict

Steve Butler from Premier Contracting (Southern) Ltd, was responsible for overseeing the installation of showering facilities at The Granby. He commented: “The Impey LevelDec EasyFit floor formers that were specified for this project are incredibly easy to install. Adaptability is key on this kind of scheme and the LevelDec caters for each installation situation with ease. Sticking to a strict schedule is incredibly important for ourselves and our clients; and when we’re installing Impey wetroom systems we know we will be able to finish the job on time and in budget.”

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