Style and performance in Oaks Restaurant washrooms thanks to Relcross

PPHE Hotel Group is known for operating brands that offer quality with an individual style and that’s definitely true of the washrooms attached to Oaks Restaurant and Bar, the newest destination-led restaurant operated by PPHE Hotel Group in Nottingham.

Reviews on Tripadvisor have likened them to a Butcher’s cold storage room (without the cold, thankfully) with “Freezer” style doors and Hadrian unpainted galvannealed steel cubicles. Steel clad walls and stainless steel sink troughs complete the fittings along with bare industrial light bulbs.

Hadrian toilet cubicles are supplied in the UK by Relcross Ltd, based in Devizes. They can be supplied to match any RAL paint colour as well as in a number of special effect finishes including brushed or polished stainless steel. The 5 galvannealed steel “Elite” cubicles fitted at Oaks are floor mounted and head rail braced with privacy ensured by using continuous stop and hinge sight line fillers along the door edges and a minimal 150mm gap from the floor to the underside of the door and panels.

OAKS restaurant and bar opened in July 2015 and serves simple, locally-produced Nottinghamshire sausages and meats cooked over wood embers. It also features live music, craft beers and cocktails. The design style is very modern and the industrial look of the toilets perfectly harmonises with the overall restaurant decor.

One of the three cubicles in the Ladies features an outward opening door and various handrails to assist anyone with mobility difficulties and one of the two cubicles in the Gents is similarly equipped. These enhance the separate disabled toilet facilities on the floor above at restaurant level.

The doors and walls of the cubicles are steel faced with a honeycomb core for amazing strength but lightness - so there's no institutional sounding ‘clang' when the doors are closed. The lightness means they require no special structural provisions to effect a rigid installation on any type of floor. Importantly, they are easy to clean and maintain, are very dent resistant.

Hadrian cubicles also have excellent green credentials. 76% of the steel content comes from recycled steel with a further 15% diverted from the waste stream during manufacturing and re-utilised. The honeycomb core features 9% recycled content with a further 9% re-utilised waste material. Finally, the packaging material is made from 100% recycled content all making Hadrian the best “green” choice as well as the most stylish and durable.

Relcross Sales and Marketing Director, Stuart McMaster, said “Modern plastics, laminates and phenolics are surprisingly durable although it is true that nothing really matches the ultimate durability of steel. Many companies are realising that the whole life costs of high quality washroom equipment are considerably lower than less robust and less stylish options. We’re confident that Oak’s cubicles will go on looking good for years to come.”

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