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The Solution to High Traffic Bathrooms

In redesigning London’s Queen Mary University restrooms, usual design concerns of style and function had to be placed alongside the fact that a university washroom is a particularly high traffic area; enter Corian.



BY Andrew McDonald

July 1st, 2017


The Corian Washplanes were installed at the Queen Mary University in London, specifically to improve the wellbeing and hygiene of student surroundings. The washplanes marry contemporary design aesthetics with a clean, durable environment, ideally contributing overall learning and student experience.

It goes without saying, but University bathrooms are high traffic areas, and Corian needed to provide surfaces with hygienic properties, durability and the ability to easily keep these busy areas well maintained by custodial staff.

The Corian all-in-one Washplane, designed with the Dyson Airblade Tap hand dryer, puts washing and drying in one streamlined position, avoiding the usual experience of students and visitors dripping water across the floor to the paper towel dispenser or hand drying station. The ability to wash and dry hands in one place also reduces cross over traffic in the bathrooms, resulting in a cleaner, drier and ultimately safer floor. The Airblade technology removes the need for wasteful paper towels, contributing to the University’s carbon reduction target; an extremely important facet of contemporary design for students and university staff alike.

By integrating the Dyson Airblade Tap hand dryer into the Corian Washplanes, hygiene standards of Queen Mary University have been improved, seeing as the Airblade takes 12 seconds to dry a pair of hands – touch free. With no taps to turn or buttons to touch, the appropriate response of water or air is dispensed quickly, via infrared scanner, reducing time and energy used in the bathroom.

Corian is a completely non-porous surface, fused together to create seamless joints to create a one-piece washplane design.  This same joining technology lets a designer integrate Corian splash backs seamlessly. This means a non-toxic solution to grouting between joins. The Corian washplanes create an elegant and functional design, and combined with the advanced technology of the Dyson Airblade, have served as an ideal solution for the high traffic bathroom of the Queen Mary University.


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