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The Granby Care Home in Harrogate provides residential, nursing and respite care across a high-specification 78-bedroom property, housed in an impressive 18th century former hotel. After recently undergoing extensive refurbishment, each of the ensuite rooms at The Granby offers accessible showering facilities for residents to use with or without assistance. Impey’s LevelDec wetroom floor formers and Boston Comfort and Safety accessories were chosen for each of the refurbished shower rooms.
As part of a recent extensive refurbishment of The Granby residential care home in Harrogate, brighterkind the care home’s owner and operator, decided to undergo a full renovation of the showering facilities at the property.
To match the impressive and high-specification detail of the renowned building, Design Manager Rachel Warrington was tasked with creating adaptable and highly-functional showering facilities which were suitable for residents with a variety of mobility needs and The Granby’s care staff who would assist with showering if required.
The shower rooms were to fit in with the attractive design of the property, whilst offering accessibility and comfort for all users. Having worked with Impey on previous projects, Rachel was confident that wetroom solutions and carefully-designed bathroom accessories from Impey would fit the brief for this large-scale project at The Granby.
Brighterkind specified the creation of 84 level-access shower rooms and shower areas, with integrated wetroom floor and corresponding accessories including grab bars, toilet rolls holders and support accessories.
Impey’s LevelDec EasyFit wetroom floor formers were selected for each of the refurbished shower rooms at The Granby. A wetroom or wet area maximises available floor- area, ensuring an effective showering-solution to facilitate wheelchair entry, assisted or independent showering. The whole room is waterproofed, with a drainage gradient incorporated, creating a spacious, easy-access showering area that’s functional and hardwearing.
Designed with fast and easy installation in mind, each of the LevelDec EasyFit floor formers fitted with vinyl wastes, creates an ideal gradient of 1:40 for quick and efficient drainage. The dec’s unique rotating drain-plate and allows for simple avoidance of existing joists or pipework, without under- boarding; saving time and maximising budget.
Intelligent engineering ensures that the strong honeycomb structure of the Level Dec EasyFit system creates strength and rigidity; easily able to accommodate up to 300kg (40 stones) and effortlessly supporting both wheelchair users and their carers.
Offering superior versatility, the LevelDec EasyFit can be fitted onto wood or concrete floors and comes in eleven trimmable sizes ensuring it is suitable for wetrooms of all shapes and sizes – incredibly important in a unique building like The Granby.
To complete the refurbishment of The Granby’s showering facilities required a selection of support accessories which could provide safety for all users when showering either with assistance or independently. Keen to maintain an attractive modern look, and to ensure maximum functionality, Rachel opted for Boston Comfort and Safety bathroom accessories; a multi-purpose range of stainless-steel accessories designed to create a safe showering environment without compromising on style. The selection of essential accessories includes a variety of straight and angled multi- purpose safety bars, as well as a stylish folding shower seat, towel rack, hook, soap holder and dispenser, 2-in-1 toilet roll holder, additional anti-slip grips, universal organiser and a safety shower bar. Designed to create personalised safe showering experience without an institutional look, all of the stainless safety bars can support up to 150kg (over 23 stone) and come with the option to add a clever anti-slip rip to provide extra reassurance. The optional anti-slip grips can be easily retro-fitted to the safety bars, 2-in-1 toilet roll holder or the shower safety bar when required, providing the ideal future-proofing option for those residents whose mobility needs may increase over time.
Design Manager Rachel was keen to specify products which excelled functionally, as well as complementing the clean, modern aesthetic of the showering facilities throughout the property. As part of the brighterkind philosophy, to offer high quality care in a stylish and modern environment, the Impey products coordinated seamlessly with the brief and completed the shower spaces perfectly.
Explained Rachel: “The Granby has been decorated with both sophisticated style and optimum comfort in mind. I have worked with Impey before and know the LevelDec EasyFit wetroom floor formers to be the best on the market in terms of design and flexibility. I am also incredibly pleased with the choice of Boston Comfort and Safety Accessories; which provide excellent functionality without the drawback of an institutional-style design. It’s important that the rooms feel as homely as possible and the Impey
products have helped to achieve this.”
Steve Butler from Premier Contracting (Southern) Ltd, was responsible for overseeing the installation of showering facilities at The Granby, until conclusion.
Said Steve: “The Impey LevelDec EasyFit floor formers that were specified for this project are incredibly easy to install. Adaptability is key on this kind of scheme and the LevelDec caters for each installation situation with ease.”
“Sticking to a strict schedule is incredibly important for ourselves and our clients; and when we’re installing Impey wetroom systems we know we will be able to finish the job on time and in budget.”
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