240 Blackfriars Washrooms Case Study

4 years ago



Designed by AHMM, ( Allford Hall Monaghan Morris), a leading London practice, 240 Blackfriars is a fast track, 19 storey commercial office tower and neighbouring residential building on the Southbank of the river Thames, for the Great Ropemaker Partnership (a JV between Great Portland Estates and The BP Pension Fund).

image courtesy of Great Portland Estates

The Brief & Challenges

The contractor ( Modular Interiors),  approached us with a concept for the washrooms -Their desire was for a smooth seamless unit with a concealed waste, with low maintenance, Integrated bin chutes and easy-to-access bins. It was also important that it had towel dispensers incorporated; but they had to as discreet as possible, preferably undermount top loading units concealed by corian. There was to be no timber involved as this can warp and swell when it gets wet.

Aside from the challenges involved in the design of the product, which were substantial, there was the added complication of access; we had to ensure that the product we created, would not only fit into the washroom space, but also into the goods lift. To reach the 19th storey and return to ground at this stage in the build would take 45 minutes.

The Solution

Working in conjunction with Modular Interiors, our design team took this away and started to work on it, emerging with a solution for the washrooms on all 19 floors. The Lovair design team, ever mindful of the need for a timber free vanity unit, as these can warp and swell when wet, created a stunning design 5 user unit from Solid Corian.  These units were 3.8 metres long, and weighed over half a ton each.  To reach site and install point safely, these had to be packaged in custom made 4 metre timber transport casing with castors, which had to be craned off and taken up the outside of the building. Over 1000 man hours were spent on site by Lovair fitters!

To overcome the challenge of removing the chance of excess water drippage on the floor, integrated waste bins and paper towel dispensers were designed directly into the units themselves. Our wall mounted soap dispensers were also used, to provide a  complete solution.   We also made smaller one user basins for the disabled areas, in addition to supplying stainless steel grab bars, and the sanitary ware.

Integrated Waste Bin

Disabled Toilet


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