Washroom staff shower and changing facilities featuring bespoke locker design

Designing washrooms fit for the offices of the future

  • 28 Mar 2017

  • Share

Guest post by Trevor Bowers, director at Washroom Washroom.

Gone are the rows of identikit office cubicles and vast open plan offices. Creative and tech companies continue to push the boundaries of office design, with slides, games rooms and funky colour schemes all appearing. While this may not be the future for all offices, there is no denying that offices are very different to a decade ago in response to a young workforce dominated by millennials and generation Z workers. 

Washrooms are often used as a benchmark by which to judge the rest of a building so need to match the demands of this new generation and in this blog we look at some of the key trends which are shaping office washrooms of today. 

High specification finish 

Washroom Corian vanity troughOne of the overriding features of contemporary commercial washroom design is the use of high specification finishes and materials, creating a washroom more akin to a high end hotel or leisure facility.

Bespoke finishing touches, like an integrated handbag shelf as part of the vanity unit, as well as full height, floor-to-ceiling cubicle doors add to the luxurious feel. Materials like glass, real wood veneers, anodised aluminium and Corian are also frequently specified to create a unique, high quality washroom design. 

Next generation materials

The balance of form and function is important and with more advanced materials available, specifiers can have the best of both worlds and create a design-led washroom space without causing a headache for facilities managers. 

FENIX NTM, a highly durable acrylic resin surface material manufactured by Arpa Industriale using the latest nanotechnology, is ideal for commercial washrooms. As well as a host of high performance features, it is easy to clean, mould resistant and boasts enhanced anti-bacterial properties, while its ultra flat matt finish creates a truly contemporary style.  

Washroom Washroom Alto FENIX toilet cubicles

The advances in the manufacture of glass mean it can be used throughout a washroom from cubicle doors to panelling and even lockers. Specially toughened glass provides a highly durable finish yet also offers huge design versatility with textured glass, acid etching, back-painted glass and digitally screen printed designs all available. 

Staff shower and changing facilities 

The ‘wellness’ trend is everywhere and it’s certainly something to consider when creating an office to cater for millennials who place great emphasis on fitness, whether that’s cycling into work, taking a fitness class at lunchtime or hitting the gym.

As a result staff shower and changing facilities, which would once have been a luxury, are fast becoming standard for offices. Such facilities are not too dissimilar to luxury leisure facilities with special L-shaped lockers designed to accommodate a suit comfortably, developed with office workers firmly in mind.

Washrooms to complement common areas 

One of the stand-out trends in recent office developments is the demand for washrooms to reflect or complement common areas such as lift lobbies and reception foyers. Utilising the same or similar materials such as real wood veneers with matching woodgrains and back-painted glass can create a firm sense of cohesion between the washrooms and other aspects of the building. 

Washroom self-contained superloosSelf-contained ‘superloos’ which include a WC, vanity unit and hand drying facilities, all enclosed behind a standard, full height door have become an increasingly popular way to maximise available space while still reflecting the style of other common areas. Being self-contained they can also be unisex which offers a more flexible approach to traditional commercial washroom layouts and saves valuable floor space. 

Washrooms are an integral aspect to any building, but for offices in particular, where workers spend the majority of their day, it is vital that they are not just practical but pleasant places.


Washroom Washroom Ltd.
Units 1-10 Hill Farm
Epping Lane
Essex RM4 1TU

Phone: 0800 999 8888

Email: info@washroom.co.uk

Visit the Washroom Washroom website

Leave a Reply

More articles

Lifestyle Flooring

Engineered Wood Flooring Vs Hardwood Flooring - Lifestyle Flooring investigate

Lifestyle Flooring have taken a look at the essential difference between engineered wood flooring and hardwood flooring, with the intention of it helping people make informed decisions.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Floors, Posts, Research & Materials Testing, Timber Buildings and Timber Products, Wooden products

  • Share
Screen Shot 2019-01-17 at 14.23.11

Aggregate Industries adds natural curb appeal to £5m visitor centre

Aggregate Industries was recently chosen to supply its SuperColour Ultra asphalt solutions to a new visitor centre in Nottinghamshire.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Civil Engineering, Hard Landscaping & Walkways, Landscaping, Posts

  • Share

New marketing director appointed at REHAU

Claire Miller has been announced as a new Marketing Director for the windows division at global polymer solutions provider REHAU.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Posts, Recruitment, Windows

  • Share

Futurebuild 2019 - launchpad of an exciting new venture

Closer collaboration between RCM, SPSenvirowall and SPS Facades will see the sister companies jointly exhibiting at Futurebuild 2019.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry Events, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Cladding, Exhibitions and Conferences, Facades, Posts, Walls

  • Share