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5 things to consider when specifying secondary school and further education washrooms.

  • Education
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12.01.2024

Guest blogger: Sarah Barrow, Business Development Manager

Having been in my role here at Venesta Washrooms for more than 20 years, I have worked with hundreds (if not thousands!) of Architects to specify fit-for-purpose systems for commercial washrooms in education settings. My colleagues and I work closely with each client to ensure that suitable products are selected, ensuring that their washrooms stand the test of time and meet the demands of each environment.

I’m keen to share with you my top 5 things to consider when specifying secondary school and further education washrooms. From choosing appropriate height cubicles, to saving space with your choice of vanity units, I hope you’ll be able to use my thoughts and recommendations as a checklist for your future school, college and university washroom projects.

Venesta Washrooms Full Height Toilet Cubicles

1. Make sure you select suitable cubicle heights.

Young adults need to have their privacy respected while using toilet, changing and shower areas, which is why our full height and enhanced privacy ranges are a great choice. With some education establishments looking to introduce unisex toilet areas, these same ranges are a perfect solution too. Our Unity Full Height, Unity Full Height Privacy and Titan ranges are popular choices for further education toilet, shower and changing cubicles. Our Centurion Full Height and Centurion Privacy cubicle ranges offer the same benefits as those listed before but are metal framed for the most rigid and robust solutions.

Explore our range of cubicles suitable for higher education settings >

Venesta Washrooms Pre-Plumbed Panelling System

2. Easy-to-maintain washroom systems are key.

Choosing commercial washroom systems that are easy to maintain is crucial in busy education settings. By specifying our pre-plumbed panelling system, Vepps, you not only speed up initial onsite installation times but also make ongoing maintenance as simple as possible for the onsite facilities team. Thanks to the 90° linear-bearing hinged panels that come as standard, no manual handling is required when accessing duct space.

Discover the 7 secrets of Vepps >

Venesta Washrooms Solid Surface Washtrough

3. Reap the rewards of Solid Surface washtroughs.

Our Solid Surface washtroughs are becoming increasingly popular in education settings, for several reasons. Not only are they a great space-saving solution when compared to traditional vanity units with basins, but are available in multiple profiles and styles to suit your design brief. Each single trough can be up to 3m in length or multiple troughs can be butt joined together onsite by your Installer, to accommodate larger washroom areas.

Solid Surface is a proven blend of minerals and acrylic polymer that delivers a stone-like appearance that ensures colour consistency and durability. It’s a low-maintenance, non-porous material which ensures complete impact and thermal shock resistance, ideal for busy education settings. With 12 finishes to choose from, you have full design flexibility when designing your school toilet washtroughs.

Download our dedicated Solid Surface washtrough brochure >

Venesta Washrooms Education Washroom Colour

4. Choosing the right materials and colours.

Colour plays a major role in defining the mood of a room and it’s particularly important in education settings to create calming and inviting environments for students. Not only does colour influence human emotions, but it’s also the quickest way to instantly change the look of a room. With this in mind, our wide range of finishes means that you can mix and match a variety of colour combinations to create suitable designs for each of your education projects.

As important as colour is in further education settings, you must choose suitable materials to meet the demands of the washrooms too. If you’re specifying washroom systems for wet areas (i.e. sports, changing or shower facilities) you’ll need to select Solid Grade Laminate (SGL) which is totally impervious to water. You will also need to consider the levels of cleaning required in the washroom area, and choose materials that can meet these demands without being compromised over the years.

Order samples of our washroom finishes >

Venesta Washrooms 10 Year Guarantee

5. Our rock-solid 10-year guarantee gives you added peace of mind.

Quality underscores everything we do here at Venesta and we’re so confident of our commercial washroom products’ durability that we offer a 10-year guarantee across all our ranges, proving that they are systems you can trust. You can feel confident at project completion and handover that the washroom systems supplied will stand the test of time in all kinds of education facilities. What’s more, my colleagues and I are here to help at every stage of the order and after sales process. If you have any queries about any of our products, you can call us on 01474 353333 or complete this form and we’ll be in touch to help.

Our service defines all that we do >


How can we help?

For over 40 years, we’ve been the washroom specialist of choice for countless nurseries, schools, colleges and universities. We know that performance, practicality and cost-effectiveness are key considerations when specifying an education washroom.

We’re proud to offer a wide range of tried and tested commercial washroom solutions for the education sector. From toilet cubicles and vanity units, to Vepps our pre-plumbed washroom IPS and durable lockers, we’re passionate about raising the bar of children and young adults’ washrooms. Our friendly and knowledgeable team is on hand to guide you from start to finish, ensuring fit for purpose washroom packages that meet guidelines are specified for each project.

Get in touch with a member of the team to discuss your ongoing or future education washroom projects by calling 01474 353333, emailing marketing@venesta.co.uk to by completing this form.


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