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  • Our Corporate Social Responsibility... We Care

    At Maxwood, we want to create the perfect washroom. But we don’t want it to cost the earth. Our approach to manufacturing, and business generally, is both careful and responsible. We fully consider the impact of every decision on the environment, the health and safety of our team and the quality of our products. That means you can choose Maxwood with a clear conscience, safe in the knowledge that our materials, products, and processes are as considerate and compliant as possible. Recognising the need for continual improvement in the face of changing environmental issues, we are committed to the ongoing development of systems and procedures that deliver environmental protection by conserving resources and minimising pollution. Eliminating Formaldehyde: We are leading the way in eliminating formaldehyde from the process of washroom manufacture. · Formaldehyde is traditionally added to particleboard and the glues used to bond laminate to it, both of which are common in washroom manufacture. · Formaldehyde is a recognised carcinogen and a potent sensitiser (i.e., trigger of skin allergies). It causes headaches, chest pains and other symptoms, and is a contributory factor to acid rain. · Most manufactured articles containing formaldehyde will continue to emit harmful vapours over time. One study showed that vinyl-laminated particleboard emitted 16mg/m3/hour of formaldehyde. Even a comparatively low level of formaldehyde in the atmosphere can be harmful. · We use a polyurethane alternative to traditional formaldehyde-based glues. This prevents toxic emissions, both from the glue itself and from the particleboard to which it is applied. · In addition to its health and environmental benefits, Polyurethane adhesives also deliver much better bonding performance than those using Formaldehyde. This increases the lifespan of the product. Manufacturing We constantly monitor our manufacturing operations and the materials we use with the aim of minimising or eliminating environmental impacts. · We continually optimise material use to minimise waste. · We use optimisation software to keep waste from laminated boards and Solid Grade laminate material to the absolute minimum. · We use polyurethane gluing for all laminating and bonding, to eliminate the risks of environmental contamination and harm to health associated with traditional adhesives, such as the release of VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions and formaldehydes. · Our capital investment programme ensures that we obtain equipment that operates at optimum efficiency to control and reduce the environmental impact of our activities. · We have installed silencers on our dust extraction equipment to maintain the ambient noise levels in the surrounding area. Waste Recycling We aim to recycle waste materials as much as possible, particularly in the following areas: · We send all waste aluminium to be recycled and maintain ongoing staff training to ensure that all staff co-operate with the scheme. · Our new automated warehouse facility ensures that even offcuts are taken into account when planning a project, allowing them to be re-used wherever possible and reducing waste. · We incinerate all wood-based waste in a computer-controlled biomass boiler, burning waste at a temperature that prevents harmful emissions. This boiler is also used for heating and hot water, thus reducing energy consumption and conserving the finite resources of fossil fuels. · We break down all scrap chipboard and offcuts that cannot be re-used in an industrial woodchipper. This allows larger pieces of wood-based waste to be incinerated and prevents them being sent to landfill sites. · We shred all wastepaper and bag it ready for recycling. · We aim to remove cardboard packaging used to cover products for transportation at the point of delivery and return it to our plant for reuse. · We return pallets on which goods are supplied to the supplier for reuse, wherever possible. As part of our commitment to make the specification of sustainable solutions in the built environment the easy choice, we are currently working towards the following: · ISO 14001 certification · Environmental Product Declarations · Supply chain management program to test new sustainable products every quarter. If you’re interested in learning more about how our corporate social responsibility, contact us. We’re available via email at inspired@maxwoodwashrooms.com, or alternatively, give us a call at 020 3657 7615.

  • Four of the most common washroom problems…and how to overcome them.

    As an organisation, it is highly likely that your office is clean, organised, and well-maintained. After all, it is a representation of your brand; a reflection of your business as a whole. A little too often, the office washroom can become an overlooked area that falls foul of such high standards. This is not without issue; the appearance of cracked tiles and mouldy grout can actually compromise staff productivity and influence client opinion. As an area that is visited regularly throughout the working day, it is in your interest to demonstrate a level of care towards all that utilise it. Aside from regular cleaning and general upkeep, there are a number of things that you can do to create a positive and lasting impression. Intelligent design is a great starting point, as this will prevent or minimise the risk of damage over time, and save you a decent amount of money. We have identified four of the most common issues associated with office washrooms, and offered a few friendly pointers. Physical Appearance: You have a matter of seconds to create that first impression, so the overall look of your washroom is crucial. A light, neutral colour scheme with ambient lighting will encourage calm and comfort. Ensure that your lighting is sufficient; there is nothing worse than poor lighting, and sadly, dim light makes you more prone to vandalism. Broken or sub-standard fixtures such as cubicle locks and toilet flushes are the quickest way to deter users, so regular maintenance checks are a must. We recommend sensor operated flushes, taps and soap dispensers. Not only are they more hygienic and a good antidote for pandemic-related anxiety, but they are also less prone to damage caused by heavy usage. Cracked and stained tiles look unsightly, so opt for hygiene wall cladding which is specifically designed for clean areas. Aside from being more cost effective than tiling, it is also durable, impact resistant, easy to clean and long-lasting. In the long run, you’ll be saving yourself money and a lot of stress. Mould: It is of little surprise that mould is a common washroom issue, often due to poor ventilation and overtly humid condition of the area. Installing a good ventilation system is a good place to begin, as this will help minimise the risk of condensation before it occurs. Mould is often caused when water seeps into chipped tiles or grout, so wall cladding is a great alternative. This easy-clean solution also provides longevity, making regular maintenance less problematic. Sinks are also a major “must watch” area for mould and should have an efficient drainage system to prevent clogging and stagnation. A built-in drain gulley is ideal for ensuring that water can escape with ease. Rust: One of the main causes of rust is the use of poor or incorrect cleaning products that can strip away protective water-resistant coatings. This problem can be overcome by ensuring that you are using the appropriate products as per your product guide. Leaks can also be a catalyst, so providing easy and efficient access to leakages saves on time and effort. As with mould, poor ventilation is a common cause, so it is worth considering implementing a natural or mechanical air ventilation system. Smells: A bad smelling washroom is possibly one of the most unpleasant situations a person can encounter, and a huge deterrent to its users. You want to ensure that you counter this highly probable issue from the outset. Once again, good ventilation is the key. If you have no windows within the washroom area, consider a mechanical air ventilation system to extract unpleasant stale odours that can linger. Floor drains can help, by ensuring that standing water escapes before stagnation becomes a problem. It is inevitable that water splashing will occur at some point, it is impossible to avoid with a high footfall. Unfortunately, liquid can soak into unprotected duct panelling, so its worth replacing your current product with a material that is impervious to fluids such as solid grade laminate (SGL). If any of this resonates with you, then it might be time for a complete washroom overhaul. By choosing to intelligently re-design your commercial washroom, you can keep up with modern standards by promoting a practical, functional and aesthetically pleasing space. A well-presented washroom does more than create a good impression for your organisational brand, it also promotes wellbeing and productivity in the workspace which you can’t put a price on. Get in touch and speak to one of our experts to find out more about intelligent design and how you can overcome these common washroom problems for good.

  • Specifying Compliant Washrooms: a guide to our new CPD course.

    An efficient commercial washroom is more than the sum of its parts. When intelligently designed with inclusivity and safety in mind, you know that you are satisfying users, and providing them with a positive experience. Not all washrooms live up to user expectations which can impact an organisation in its entirety. Outdated designs can sometimes fail to incorporate the needs of its user with shoddy, sub-standard mechanisms and/or design. Building legislation is in place to ensure the health and safety of all within the building environment, so washroom compliance should be adhered to to create safe, yet appealing washrooms. The Building Regulations Act 2010 prescribes procedures that must be carried out from the start, during, and on completion of all building work, with guidelines for specific aspects of design and construction. Though easily overlooked within building design, washrooms are no exception to the Building Regulations Act. They are as important, if not more so than the remainder of your workspace, and as an employer, it is your duty to consider the layout, design, and overall safety of the area. Safety features can range from emergency release mechanisms to wheelchair-accessible unisex toilets. While privacy is essential, users require emergency access if necessary. Inclusivity should be a key part of your design, so your washrooms need to accommodate users of all ages, genders, and abilities. Failure to provide accessible washrooms for all can discriminate against certain individuals and can have a profound effect on wellbeing. For example, wheelchair users should be provided with outward opening doors, ample manoeuvring space, grab rails, and lever-operated taps for ease. To learn more about ways to improve your washroom, join our free CPD course which will specifically focus on Part M 5.4e of The Building Regulations Act, entitled ‘Emergency Access’. The course will cover the following: Regulations. The purpose of the regulations is to inspire protection, inclusivity, and consistency within your washroom design. You will learn the main reasons for the regulations, and how they are applicable to you as an organisation. Sanitary Accommodation Generally. The course will advise you of the necessity for specific safety precautions. These include the necessary visual contrast between the door opening furniture and surfaces, the door surface and pilasters, the indicator locking bolt, and maximum opening force. You will be provided with relevant case studies. Emergency Access You will learn of historic challenges with emergency access such as standard cubicle locking mechanisms and flush fronts rebates on full height doors. We will introduce you to Movana – Maxwood’s unique solution to all of these problems. Movana is the first design-led washroom cubicle with safety at the forefront. You can read more about this here. Fire Alarms As per the guidelines, a fire alarm emits a visual and audible signal to warn applicants with hearing and visual impairments. The course will provide you with sufficient information to ensure that your fire alarm is both effective and efficient. Wheelchair Access Cubicles Efficient layouts will be provided including recommended locations, positioning, and unisex options. We will provide relevant case studies. Ambulant Disabled Cubicles You will learn the definition of ambulant disabled cubicles, their purpose and accessibility and the benefits of enlarged cubicles. You will be advised of the necessity for inclusive design and provided with recommended layouts and case studies for ambulant disabled cubicles. At the end of the course, you will have a thorough understanding of the key regulations and why they have been put in place. You will know how to incorporate best practice design-led solutions in line with Part M guidelines. Our real-life case studies will provide you with ideas for improved application to get the best out of your washroom. It could be a good time to ask yourself – how compliant is our commercial washroom? If you think it might be time for a washroom overhaul, please join our CPD course by registering your interest here https://www.maxwoodwashrooms.com/compliant-cpd

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  • Cubicles | Maxwood Washrooms

    Cubicle Finishes ​ Our exclusive range of toilet cubicles are designed to suit a variety of applications and deliver the highest quality finish. Choose from a wide range of materials, colours and finishes for a customised design to complement your washroom. Glass 6mm toughened glass offers a stylish and high-quality finish to your washroom cubicle. Glass can be coloured to any RAL, Pantone or British Standard colour. View Metal PVD metal finishes offer a stylish, contemporary finish to your toilet cubicle. Available in a range of different stainless steel finishes to enhance any washroom design. View Wood Veneer Giving opportunity to combine sustainability and luxury, Wood Veneers offer a world of stylish and authentic finishes. View Laminate Hard-wearing, durable, and customisable in a huge array of colours and finishes. Laminate offers a modern, clean finish to any washroom. ​ View Request Samples Glass Available with: Movana (Toilet) Marante (Toilet) Mirage (Shower) Maxwall (IPS) ​ ​ Tough, durable and colour matched Request Sample Glass can be coloured to any RAL, Pantone or British Standard colour, for example: Metal Available with: Movana (Toilet) Marante (Toilet) Maxwall (IPS) ​ ​ ​ Stylish & modern, smooth or textured Request Sample View This Project A small selection of our most popular metal finishes: Brushed Gun Metal Brushed Chrome Brushed Champagne Brushed Vegas Gold Brushed Brass Brushed Rose Gold Brushed Royal Gold Brushed Bronze Brushed Almond Gold Wood Veneer Available with: Movana (Toilet) Marante (Toilet) Maxwall (IPS) ​ ​ ​ Durable, resistant and long lasting Request Sample View This Project A small selection of our most popular wood veneer finishes: Ash European Oak Limed Oak Fumed Oak American Black Walnut Maple Wenge White Oiled Larch Laminate Available with: Movana (Toilet) Marante (Toilet) Mystiq (Toilet) Mirage (Shower) Marin (Shower) Maxwall (IPS) ​ ​ ​ An abundance of finishes and colours Request Sample View This Project Sand Ice White Black Grey Cloud Grey Maple American Beech Mountain Oak Walnut Spring White Speckle Red Gloss Graphite Gloss Grey Zebrano Grey Maple American Beech Mountain Oak Walnut Grey Maple American Beech Mountain Oak Walnut A small selection of our most popular laminate finishes: Sand Ice White Black Grey Cloud Grey Maple American Beech Mountain Oak Walnut Spring White Speckle Red Gloss Graphite Gloss Grey Zebrano Pleated Teak Sumatra Teak Wenge Cement Mini White Cream Sahara Beige Volcano Brown Pearl Grey Lime Green Citron Olive Green Blue Lake Heavenly Blue Primary Blue Dark Blue Lilac Erica Orchid Yellow Piper Orange Canyon

  • Finishes | Maxwood Washrooms

    Finishes Choosing high specification materials, such as glass, metal, wood veneer and laminate within your commercial washroom design is the ideal way to create a look and feel for your space. Discover how our range of expert finishes can be used to elevate your washroom design. Cubicles Our range of luxury full height toilet cubicles will complement your washroom design and refurbishment. Discover how our glass, wood veneer, metal and laminate finishes can elegantly enhance your washroom design. View Lockers Our range of high-end, stylish, and secure lockers are expertly designed for commercial washroom and changing facilities. Explore how our stunning glass, metal, wood veneer and laminate locker finishes are ideal for any washroom or changing facility. View Vanities Our washroom Vanity Units provide a unique statement piece to any modern washroom design. Find out how you can create a stunning, functional vanity unit in a range of Solid Surface, Quartz, Terrazzo or Concrete finishes. View

  • Luxury Toilet Cubicles | Maxwood Washrooms

    Book a showroom visit Toilet Cubicles Our range of luxury full height toilet cubicles will complement your washroom design and refurbishment. Choose from our Movana, Marante and Mystiq models. All available in a wide range of finishes and colours. Book a showroom visit Movana Maranté Mystiq The first cubicle door that opens outwards from the outside in an emergency View Adaptable and chic, Maranté is minimal washroom styling at its best. View The elegant in-line look at the price of a standard cubicle system. View Movana 8 SECOND OUTWARD ACCESS The only full height cubicle door that opens outwards from the outside in an emergency ​ No need for heavy lifting or tools No sacrificial access or damage to the door The first design-led Doc-M compliant door ​ ​ Discover Movana Maranté CAD BIM NBS SPEC FINISHES DATA Adaptable and chic, Maranté is minimal washroom styling at its best. The flush surface appearance is derived from a unique pilaster design, using rebated hardwood lipping so the pilasters run in-line with the doors. This elegance is further complemented by the total privacy that this full height system offers. ​ Available in any high pressure laminate or natural wood veneer finish, as well as PVD metal and other bespoke finishes Distinctive glass finish option available Solid stainless steel ironmongery, offered in a range of PVD colours Made to measure, creating total flexibility of cubicle sizing Adjustable dampener provides soft close door action Fall-to-close hinges used to maintain flush appearance Versatile system – can be installed in conjunction with stud partition dividing walls. ​ Mystiq CAD BIM NBS SPEC FINISHES DATA This range is designed for those who want the elegant in-line look but want to only pay the price of a standard cubicle system. ​ A flush fronted full height system which has a clean design and high privacy for users. Its simple but clever design ensures it can be supplied to the client at a surprisingly low cost. Coloured and woodgrain laminates can be used to produce a variety of visual atmospheres. ​ High pressure laminated panels Full height system Flexibility of cubicles sizes Choice of inward or outward opening doors Versatile system – can be installed in conjunction with solid dividing walls 40mm thick doors and pilasters 20mm thick divisions Discover More: View Shower Cubicles View Superloos

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