Trovex hygienic wall cladding for St Angela’s Ursuline School
St Angela’s Ursuline School undertook a time critical summer refurbishment project of their WCs. The project created a challenge to deliver high-quality hygienic wall cladding in a tight space and in a short duration.
Built in 1862, the two original rooms housing the WCs were narrow and contained 8 and 10 small toilet cubicles. Each cubical, along with the main room and sink areas required hygienic wall cladding to be retro fitted over the existing tiled walls as part of a refurbishment programme by refurb specialist AJS.
Retro fitting to an existing substrate is a more technical and complicated procedure. Stringent preparation processes need to be undertaken for the new cladding to be installed to the required high standards.
During the initial preparation of the hygienic wall cladding installation, the existing tiled substrate needed to be carefully examined for loose areas and cleaned, thoroughly removing any contaminants. It is important to ensure that all the existing tiles are securely bonded, with any holes and spaces filled (and dried) to give an overall smooth and flush surface, enabling a high quality weld.
Once this phase of the installation had been carefully completed, the chosen hygienic wall cladding, Trovex Diamond, from the Brilliance range, in ‘Titanium’ colour, was expertly installed.
The thermoforming machine needed for the installation requires adequate space to bend the wall cladding to the specifications. As space in the WC was extremely tight, and the other trades were also on site at the same time, the installation team had to think ‘creatively’ to ensure the hygienic wall cladding was thermoformed and installed to the highest standards, whilst programme objectives met.
For the works to be completed on time, the installation team cooperated closely with the other trades and extended their working hours accordingly and had to be flexible.
The choice of the Trovex Diamond range of hygienic wall cladding, provides St Angela’s Ursuline School with a premium grade material, perfect for the environment. With a strong and impact resistant surface, that protects against spills and stains whilst delivering an easily cleaned, smooth antibacterial surface, the cladding is ideal for use in a WC / washroom environment. With an interesting choice of high gloss dark grey sheets – the aesthetic effect is fantastic too!
In addition, this hygienic wall cladding has the benefit of being able to be installed on a range of existing substrates. In this type of time limited retro fit, the use of this solution saves a great deal time. As long as substrates are flat, dry, can be largely cleared of 2nd fix – there is a way! If there is a will!
The project was fast tracked and completed on time and on budget, providing the school with an extended lifecycle for future refurbishments due to the quality of materials used.
It’s always important to plan Summer refurbishments well in advance. Demand is very high over this period and specialist subcontractors are extremely busy. Additionally, with recent variable economic climates, the lead time on specialist materials has become more extended.
With careful planning, ‘Summer holidays’ can be utilised to extensively transform washroom environments in schools, colleges or universities, procuring the very best hygienic cladding products and contracting specialist installers such as Goss Coatings.