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Virtual roundtable: Tomorrow’s perception of clean

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Virtual roundtable: Tomorrow’s perception of clean

To cut through the noise and with the aim to identify meaningful solutions, Hotel Designs’ next virtual roundtable, in association with Geberit, tackles the hygiene debate to ultimately understand tomorrow’s perception of clean…

On the panel:

Hamish Kilburn: I really feel for suppliers and manufacturers during this time, during the Covid-19 crisis, because it is so difficult to predict what consumers will demand moving forward and therefore designing products that are suitable for tomorrow’s guests who are checking in is such a challenge. But I want to know, is hygiene becoming a selling point in itself and is this driving innovation at Geberit HQ?

Lynne Clapham-Carter: Hygiene has always been a driver in bathroom manufacturing and Geberit has always been at the forefront of innovative tech – both in terms of hygiene and water-saving solutions – for the last 150 years.

What I am finding is that technology has been in place for a while and now people are beginning to discover this, which is driving demand. Hygiene and touch-free tech has long been standard for many commercial spaces. Now, as a company, we are seeing this being pushed into the residential space.

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HK: Hygiene has been the fundamental topic in every conversation recently – but our industry is, by its very nature, already setting high standards when it comes to clean and safe spaces. How will hospitality reassure the post-corona consumer without making it feel sterile? 

James Dilley: It’s partly perception. I think, pre-pandemic, we were seeing a lot of the non-touch tech evolving in any case. The way check-in areas have changed in recent years is a prime example of this. In theory, and I don’t believe hygiene was the driver for this, we can go through a hotel experience without having to touch anyone or anything. The counterpoint of that is in the luxury market, where there has been a strong demand for real human contact. People will pay more for a human to deliver that service and they [luxury hotels] will have the challenge to deliver that in a post-pandemic world.

HK: When it comes to lifestyle and luxury, does the perception differ?

Hannah Willock: Everyone is so well travelled now that, I believe, it spans across both – you want the hotel to feel like a home-away-from-home. We’ve had a lot of conversations recently about injecting technology in a meaningful way so that the hospitality experience is accessible to everyone.

“Bathrooms are semi-blessed for appearing to be cleaner than clean.” – David Mason, Head of Hospitality, Scott Brownrigg.

HK: Now more than ever there is that bridge between design and service. Are you then, as designers, more involved in conversations regarding service at an earlier stage of the design project?

David Mason: As designers, we have always been part of that process considering that we are creating experiences. So, I think we are always working with those touchpoints in mind. Bathrooms are semi-blessed for appearing to be cleaner than clean – not like, for example, soft furnishings or fabrics. If we are going to go back to this very tech-driven approach to design to move people around the space, we have to then remember to include more touchpoints to make up for the human element and interaction being lost.

“You don’t therefore want to make it feel clinical.” – Fiona Thompson, Principal, Richmond International.

HK: What are the pitfalls to avoid when looking at tomorrow’s perception of clean?

Fiona Thompson: When you are in a hotel there is an assumption that there is a level of clean. And I know that the big hotel group are collaborating to maximize this, but from a human level there is already a strong assumption that hotels – in general – are clean spaces and that, especially in the bathroom, that there is a level of cleanliness. You don’t therefore want to make it feel clinical. It’s now about creating that balance.

HK: Tamara, you are working on a very exciting development in London. Do the conversations differ between hospitality and residential?

Tamara Ayorech Okello: I think we are all striving for an enhancement to what we already have. A lot of our purchasers, post-covid especially, are putting more emphasis into the bathroom being a space of tranquility. In residential, it’s about having loyal and trustworthy suppliers who can ensure that the spaces look amazing but also out-perform others on the market. In terms of client engagement, the most common thing we are seeing being demanded in the bathroom is quality fixtures and fittings. That is not going to change, it’s only going to progress – and it’s something people are more inclined to invest in.

“At first, we see these high-tech products emerge in suites but when demand surges the cost of these items will come down and they will become almost as standardized part of the bathroom design.” – Richard Snow, Senior Designer, RPW Design.

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HK: One of the takeaways from a recent Hotel Designs LIVE event we hosted was that wellness would be injected in all areas of the hotel moving forward. That suggests to me, as you were saying Tamara, that clients and consumers alike will put more emphasis on the bathroom. How are these spaces becoming more than just practical spaces? 

Richard Snow: New technology, such as the shower toilet, is starting to become an interesting conversation. At first, we see these high-tech products emerge in suites but when demand surges the cost of these items will come down and they will become almost as standardised part of the bathroom design. We’ve had rooms in the past where we have designed them as a spa room and I think it depends of budget, quality and style. It’s exciting that more products are becoming available that make these rooms more of an experience. For me, it will be interesting to see how that technology from the five-star level drips down into more accessibly priced hotel experiences.

HK: Do you think that spa experience will become standardised?

FT: I’m not sure if ‘spa experience’ is the right phrase, but health and wellness is such a large factor at the moment for all sectors in the hospitality arena. Covid-19 has changed such a lot that I believe the bedroom and bathroom will just become such an intimate space which allows for the wellness experience to be elevated.

HK: In recent times, lifestyle brands have not been afraid to target themselves to a particular, often narrow, demographic. In lifestyle specifically, what are the hygiene demands from modern travellers?

JD: The W Edinburgh is highly tech based and without touch, however, when it opens, the guest will have a choice. The challenge for this hotel is that there are no barriers between the city and the hotel – it is an extension of the neighbourhood and there is no perception of security or threshold for that matter. And actually, the most public of spaces in the hotel are right at the top of building in order to utilise the view across the city. The challenge will be how to control and manage people from outside. There are a lot of challenges but hotels’ currency is hygiene and sanitation. Now I am just seeing that businesses are just packaging the messaging in different ways.

LCC: A few years back, Geberit published a white paper that looked at the five senses in order to create a safe haven within a bathroom or guest suite to actually look at it in a holistic way. From our side, it was about understanding the challenges and how they get assaulted and creating a space where you feel space without it feeling clinical. As a manufacturer, our job is to address the acoustics, the smells and touches (all those tactile things) and how they impact in product.

“When we eventually do come out of the Covid-19 pandemic, social contact will be mayhem in such a beautiful way.” – James Dilley, Director, Jestico + Whiles.

HK: What would you say are the main demands you are hearing from designers and architects at the moment?

LCC: Swapping things from touch to touchless. That would be the biggest enquiry at the moment, and that goes for both residential and hospitality.

FT: Particularly in public spaces.

RS: There is a different perception in public and private areas. I think there is an element of guests wanting to be in control in their own private spaces.

JD: I am a great believer in that for every action there is a reaction. And for me, there has been a lack of social contact recently. When we eventually do come out of the Covid-19 pandemic, social contact will be mayhem in such a beautiful way. I also think this will be the same with hygiene and sanitation. We have been closeted and constricted for two years and I think consumers will demand for sharing plates.

DM: With the vaccine as well, we are getting a positive approach that we will come out of this and it is helping us move forward.

JD: The irony is that by making the hospitality experience touch-free is to use your mobile phones, and mobile phones have got to be the most unsanitary objects in our lives. The fact that we are using them to combat germs just does not make any sense.

HK: Will shower toilets become more popular in the west?

FT: I think it is happening. In more and more of the properties we are working on it has become an option. I think that’s partly because it is an added facility and sometimes it is a space saving answer to the brief to remove the bidet. There is more of a challenge to introduce these in public areas.

RS: When you are in Japan, they are everywhere but certainly here it will take time for the shower toilet to be embraced.

TAO: In residential, I can see the shower toilet being embraced but I am not sure how that would jump into the hospitality public areas.

LCC: One of the things I find interesting in this conversation around shower toilets is that our society has become a lot more multi-cultural now and participially in the hotel industry people are travelling and in Japan, as an example, more than 50 per cent of people have shower toilets in their homes. So, when they come to a hotel and are paying large sums of money for a night they will expect the same, at least, if not better than what they have in their hotel. Hotels are using refurbishments as an opportunity to install these products.

HW: In our projects in the Asia/Pacific region, we are speaking with suppliers to ensure that the shower toilets we specify are simple and easy to use. Also, in addition to the obvious features of these products, clients also buy into the other benefits such as the anti-bacteria cleaning features.

FT: if you can simplify the controls, then people will use it.

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HK: Can we do better than sensors when it comes to touchless tech? 

HW: We are seeing a lot of app-based technology especially when it comes to showering. In a residential setting that is becoming really popular but in a hotel that throws in a lot of challenges, it is possible and if the conversations are had at the very start of the project it can be integrated into projects successfully . I think we will begin to see more and more adoption and integration of this in hospitality over time. What is key is ensuring the success is that if it’s used  its user friendly for all guests across the board.

DM: I worked on the Eccleston Square hotel, which stored guests’ information so that the temperate of the room and service requirements could be replicated when the guest returned. That was 10-12 years ago so the technology is there but it is about streamlining the process. It is at the end of day a balance.

I think it’s also a generational thing. What works for one demographic won’t necessarily work for others. We need the choice, tech is advancing all the time, who knows what it will look like in five years’ time.

RS: I think technology will slowly drip in in order for the change not to be so dramatic and sudden. Given what happened a decade ago, when tech flooded a lot of hospitality experiences, designers are very aware to make gradual steps forward that are considered in order to enhance the overall guest experience.

LCC: There is the perception that technology and wellness do not fit well together but in actually fact the opposite can be true. There are a lot of things about technology that can help wellness. In the early days, we used motion sensing in touchless tech but now it is proximity sensors which are far more accurate. There are features in flush plates where as you walk towards them an orientation light glows. This is opposed to having all the lights on if you wake up in the middle of the night.

JD: What we are saying is that tech is filling the void of what good service used to be. If you checked into a good hotel 20 years ago, the General Manager or the concierge would recognise you and to an extent recognise your demands and preferences. They would have this knowledge – it’s trivia but it recognises care and consideration. Somehow those symbols of luxury are being replaced with technology and I find it quite a hallow gesture compared to the human touch that we used to have. That’s why I believe the human touch will never be replaced in the premium hotels.

HK: For me, tomorrow’s bathrooms will play on the five senses – can we inject sound/smell/touch into the bathroom experience without being gimmicky? 

FT: As long as it isn’t cliché. Great lighting is a given but some of these experiential showers deter from a great experience. Anything that addresses the senses has to be thoughtful and meaningful.

Geberit is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Product Watch: AquaClean shower toilet by Geberit

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Product Watch: AquaClean shower toilet by Geberit

Geberit, which recently presented a Product Watch Pitch at Hotel Designs LIVE, has unveiled the AquaClean shower toilet, which offers hotels the very latest in washroom smart technology and guest wellbeing…

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Washing with water technology has always been at the heart of Geberit’s product innovations. The original Geberit shower toilet, the ‘Geberella,’ launched back in 1978, and brought groundbreaking technology to the market, with an innovative WC enhancement solution and built-in spray functionality. Its revolutionary toilet seat was designed to fit virtually any ceramic bowl and came in a range of on-trend, bold colours, so could be perfectly matched to the bathroom furnishings of the day.

Geberit’s AquaClean shower toilet as we now know it was introduced back in 2011 and continues to pave the way for the washing with water revolution today.

Enhancing guest experience

From odour extraction technology that purifies the air to an automatic lifting seat that rises when the user approaches, Geberit’s AquaClean range incorporates a range of features that have been carefully designed to improve guest experience with wellness and hygiene front of mind.

At the touch of a button, the shower toilet’s integrated spray function provides guests with a fresh-out-of-the-shower feeling, with premium models also offering a cutting-edge features including orientation lighting and heated seating.

Designed by renowned London-based architect, Christoph Behling, each model brings a contemporary, compact wall-hung design to perfectly complement any guest washroom.

Hygiene front-of-mind

AquaClean shower toilets also incorporate other solutions that help maximise hygiene in the washroom space. Geberit’s KeraTect Glaze, for example, makes cleaning easier with a non-porous, smooth surface, helping prevent staining of the ceramics and creating a high-gloss effect.  Other innovations also make cleaning and maintenance easier, with rimless design and TurboFlush technology eliminating tricky corners and hard-to-reach areas around the pan.

Selling experiences

As the trend for selling ‘experiences’ and creating an escape for guests continues, so too does the value of creating a unique, positive guest experience to help build stronger memories and ensure customers keep coming back.

As we focus ever more on physical and mental health and wellbeing to help combat the stresses of modern life, it’s clear that good design in the bathroom or washroom space could be the key to unlocking better lives. And it is critical for hotels and designers to be aware of this opportunity.

Geberit was a Product Watch Pitch partner at Hotel Designs LIVE, which took place on February 23, 2021. Read more about the virtual event here. The next Hotel Designs LIVE will take place on May 11 2021.

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Product watch: Geberit launches two newly-named collections – Select and Aspire

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Product watch: Geberit launches two newly-named collections – Select and Aspire

To continue our Year in Review, which is a December tradition here at Hotel Designs where we look back to the most eye-catching product launches from the past 11 months, we throwback to Geberit’s announcement to celebrate a new chapter for the bathroom brand…

Geberit extended its offering in the hotel sector following the launch of two newly named washroom collections in October.

The announcement marked the start of an exciting new chapter for Geberit in the UK. The Aspire Collection is the new name for Geberit’s premium offering, formerly known as the Geberit Bathroom Collection. The exclusive collection now incorporates well-known ranges such as iCon, Xeno and the Geberit AquaClean Mera shower toilet. Geberit also introduced its pioneering washroom innovation, Geberit One, which integrates behind-the-wall sanitary technology with stylish ceramics to generate more space and easier cleaning. The Geberit One range boasts a wide choice of new slim furniture options, from a floating washbasin to a mirror cabinet with fully integrated lighting, enhancing guest comfort.

Alongside the Aspire Collection, Geberit launched its new Select Collection which offers hotels functional, affordable and on-trend design possibilities for the mid-market across its range of space-saving concealed cisterns and wall-hung technology solutions. The Select Collection features the Selnova bathroom series, which incorporates a variety of different designs including Selnova Compact for smaller washroom spaces, as well as the Selnova Comfort accessible range for guests with reduced mobility.

Mark Larden, Managing Director of Geberit, said: “Everything is changing at Geberit. Whether you’re new to the Geberit brand or an existing partner, we’re continuing to optimise and evolve our products and services. That’s because we understand the importance of meeting the ever-changing business requirements across our sectors.

“With the introduction of these new collections, we’re opening up a wider range of choice for hotels  across the mid-premium and basic-mid bathroom segments,” said Larden. “With all of this said, in many ways, nothing is changing. While we continually innovate and adapt, we also remain dedicated to delivering the same great product design, quality and availability that our customers have come to expect.”

Larden added: “From on-trend washroom designs to cutting edge technology that champions hygiene and sustainability, we’re proud to be setting the standard for a new era in bathroom design – offering hotels more choice and more selection for guest rooms, public spaces as well as hotel employee facilities.”

Geberit is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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The luxury hotel experience: how to design an ultra-modern bathroom

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Regardless of their location, the world’s finest hotel bathrooms are designed to evoke a sensory experience. Moosa Adam investigates how hoteliers can simply create an ultra-modern bathroom that lives up to the growing consumer demands of guests checking in…

Guests checking in to a luxury hotel often have a good idea of what they want from their stay. Crisp bed sheets, impeccable service and a relaxing bathroom fit for royalty tend to be at the top of the priority list. The design process behind a high-quality bathroom can be arduous, as hoteliers are constantly striving to improve their offering and hijack the latest trends in the name of complete customer satisfaction.

With the demands laid out, here’s how hoteliers can fulfil guests’ demands while also adhering to a stripped-back minimalist and luxurious style.

Create a sense of escape

Any guest at a top-level luxury hotel should feel as if they’ve escaped their daily life, especially in the bathroom. One way to create this getaway feeling is by introducing a few feature items into the space to conjure images of an exotic, tranquil destination which will serve as a remedy to the daily grind.

A few vibrant plants placed by the bath will transform any soak into an idyllic tropical dip, while the addition of incense sticks or premium fragrance diffusers will help to turn any bathroom dip into a sensory experience, worlds away from life outside.

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Deliver quality

The key to a quintessentially minimalist luxury bathroom is to think first about functionality. Restricting luxury touches to items that have an essential purpose, such as bathroom taps, shower heads or towel rails instantly declutters the space. This makes the room a more inherently relaxing place to be.

There are all kinds of luxury touches that hotel owners can incorporate very easily, such as waterfall taps, rainfall showers and even technological upgrades like a bespoke lighting system or waterproof Bluetooth speaker. You’re free to introduce anything that elevates the bathroom experience into something that goes far beyond what the guest would typically experience at home – but without over-cluttering the space.

Get the decor right

The ultra-modern look is all dark, monochromatic hues, creating sleek bathroom opulence when paired with glass shower doors and recessed fittings – but an excess of sleek chrome and granite hues can leave the space feeling sterile. There should also be a healthy drop of character and charm in the room’s design to help guests feel comfortable and interested.

However, it’s important to choose the design around the hotel and not the other way around. If the rest of hotel is quirky and playful, then adding bespoke neon lighting spelling out a word that means something to the property could prevent any chance of the space looking and feeling overly stripped back.

Let the light in

Hotels falling on the budget side of the scale tend to have windowless bathrooms, and, while this is fine in principle, these can sometimes be less than luxurious. Hoteliers on the design stage should prioritise finding a source of natural light for their bathrooms, be it a frosted glass window or a skylight.

Natural light creates the illusion of additional space, and also guarantees that your minimalist luxe fixtures can truly pop during daylight hours. If this isn’t feasible within the budget or practically possible, instead consider a frosted glass door for the bathroom that’ll give the whole suite a greater feeling of flow.

Of course, every hotel design project is different – both in terms of budget and overall aim. Adding a dash of originality to a hotel bathroom will ensure it lives long in the memory of both reviewers and guests alike. Hotel owners should therefore let their creativity run wild and see where it takes them. We’re living in an era of unprecedented innovation in the hotel sector, and outside-the-box thinking is much more powerful than any soon-to-pass trend.

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Geberit AquaClean Tuma

Product Spotlight: The new Geberit AquaClean Tuma shower toilet

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A compact all-round solution for any home is making its way on to the market in the form of the Geberit AquaClean Tuma shower toilet. The AquaClean Tuma is available as a complete solution, or as an enhancement toilet seat for retro-fitting and will be available from April.

Designed by renowned industrial designer Christoph Behling, the Geberit AquaClean Tuma fits harmoniously into any bathroom. Thanks to its elegant, streamlined design and compact shape (with a projection of just 553mm), the new shower toilet can add extra comfort to any sized bathroom, transforming them into an oasis of wellbeing.

The new shower toilet can be tailored to suit any bathroom due to its design cover, which is available in several colours and materials. This helps to perfectly coordinate with Geberit’s extensive range of flush plates.

Equipped with sophisticated technology
Hidden beneath the surface of its stylish design is a wealth of innovative technology. The patented WhirlSpray shower technology gently and thoroughly cleans the user with warm water.

The Geberit AquaClean Tuma complete solution also features an odour extraction unit and a Rimfree® toilet pan for optimised hygiene. The product also features an ergonomically designed toilet seat with heating element, a warm air dryer and a user-friendly remote control. An app will also be available from summer 2017 enabling the device to be controlled via a smart phone.

An ideal and flexible solution
The Geberit AquaClean Tuma can also be chosen as a toilet enhancement solution, which can be retrofitted to a variety of ceramic pans. With the same functions as the complete solution, the toilet enhancement solution is simple and straightforward to fit by an experienced installer, with no major structural alterations required.

Straightforward installation
As you would expect from a Geberit appliance, the Geberit AquaClean Tuma can easily be installed by a single experienced installer. This is thanks to an innovative packaging concept, with a built in mounting aid. All technical components are integrated into the functional unit in the seat and are readily accessible to plumbers and service technicians.

Geberit’s standard connection dimensions ensure that the shower toilet is compatible with all installation systems, as well as with the Geberit Monolith sanitary modules.

For more details visit www.geberit-aquaclean.co.uk or call 01926 516800.

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New Geberit head office opens for business

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Local dignataries, company directors and employees gathered to mark the official opening of the new Geberit UK head office in Warwick on Friday, 31 March.

The purpose-built facility, less than a mile from the centre of historic Warwick on Tournament Fields, is the new UK base for over 150 Geberit staff.

Having been based in Warwick for over 8 years, the move to this larger premises is part of an exciting period of growth for Geberit and Twyford. With a spacious office covering more than 2,000 square metres, Geberit employees benefit from a modern and inspiring working environment. The new building also features a 400 square metre showroom featuring the new Geberit Bathroom Collection which encompasses bathroom sanitaryware and furniture, Twyford bathrooms, Geberit AquaClean shower toilets, plus the company’s sanitary and piping systems displayed within an inspiring environment.

A new purpose-built Training Academy offers customers free training modules covering the full breadth of Geberit’s product ranges. This facility enables installers to benefit from hands-on training, complete with a two-storey installation Tower, encouraging installers to get to grips with the latest piping systems and sanitary solutions, showcasing good and bad plumbing practice.

Mark Larden, Managing Director Geberit UK & Ireland, commented: “We have grown dramatically since we moved to the area almost ten years ago, with the new building marking the beginning of the next chapter of this growth. It is a very exciting time for Geberit and Twyford, our staff and our customers and we are looking forward to what the future holds. ”

Speaking during the opening ceremony, the Mayor of Warwick said: “Events such as this one are important because of what they symbolise for the local community and for a wider audience, in terms of economic stability, growth and opportunities for employment. I wish Geberit every success for the future.”

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Geberit invests 40 million euros in German logistics centre

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Enabling customer orders to be fulfilled with maximum efficiency, the Geberit Group has expanded the capacity of its logistics centre in the southern German town of Pfullendorf, investing around 40 million Euros in its storage, order picking and dispatch operation.

The honeycomb warehouse is home to 1,800 honeycombs, which are used as shelf spaces for Geberit pipes. The automatic storage and retrieval at the[CRF_Form id=’1′] facility is carried out by two storage and retrieval machines.

The significant expansion of the company’s existing logistics centre enables Geberit to continue supplying products to its customers efficiently and reliably, allowing Geberit to remain on top of the volumes resulting from the company’s growth. As part of the expansion project, a concept for the storage of pipes of up to six metres long has been implemented, with new automated storage areas now in operation. This means that the Geberit Mapress piping range can now be delivered directly from Pfullendorf.

Now spanning 60,000 square metres, the logistics centre also now includes an automated small-parts warehouse, a new high-bay warehouse, a processing area with fully automated workstations and the expansion of the shipping area.

The logistics centre is ideally situated to enable Geberit to supply products to its customers in the most economically and ecologically viable way. Goods are bundled together at the production plants and transported to Pfullendorf in trucks. Automated and co-ordinated processes there ensure that products are delivered to customers in a consolidated fashion, on schedule and with a high level of reliability.

For more details visit www.geberit.co.uk or call 01926 516800

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Product Spotlight: Introducing the Geberit Bathroom Collection

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The market-leading sanitary brand which brought you Geberit AquaClean, Geberit Duofix and Geberit Mapress is proud to announce the launch of the Geberit Bathroom Collection. With 150 years of behind and in front of the wall experience, Geberit expands its know-how into an exciting collection of ceramics, furniture and mirrors; ideal for residential projects and hotels.

Swiss innovation combines with the vision of Europe’s leading product designers to deliver a five-series collection, where elegant design meets outstanding function – placing comfort, usability and new cleanliness technologies at the heart of the modern bathroom as never before.

The Geberit Bathroom Collection offers exciting design solutions for any space, with a wide range of standard and short projection washbasins and toilets, bidets, mirrored cabinets and cleverly designed furniture with generous storage. Function pervades throughout with innovations including Geberit Rimfree® toilets, Geberit AquaClean shower toilets, the Geberit DuoFresh odour extraction unit and advanced KeraTect® ceramic glazes.

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Design meets function is the ethos behind the whole Geberit Bathroom Collection which includes the sophisticated Geberit Acanto series where the development of bathroom ergonomics is taken to an all new level. The result is the development of furniture and cabinets at the perfect reach height for various family members and compartments of the right size and shape to store daily used products within an optimum reach zone.

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Furniture in the Acanto series can be combined in any number of ways to create a truly individual solution and is offered in a trend-setting mixture of materials and surfaces including glass, metal, painted and wood finishes. The range also comprises a wide range of washbasins, Rimfree® toilets and bathtubs.

Further ranges include Citterio which offers timeless elegance with geometric lines and gentle organic curves; Xeno2 – a pure and minimalistic design concept with distinctive products; iCon – a timeless, clear design offering graphical clarity and extraordinary options; and Smyle an attractive combination of harmonious design and functionality. A complementary offering of illuminated mirrors and mirrored cabinets is also available with Geberit Option.

“With the launching of the Geberit Bathroom Collection it is now possible to offer architects, designers and specifiers a comprehensive range of products both in front of and behind the wall that meet the brand‘s exacting quality standards,” comments Geberit UK Managing Director, Mark Larden. “All the sanitary solutions for creating a dream bathroom can now be obtained from a single, inspirational source.“

For more information call Geberit on 01926 516800 or visit www.geberit.co.uk


Geberit teams with the Sleep Geek to uncover secrets to a good night’s rest

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Hotel Designs partners Geberit have teamed up with The Sleep Geek as part of a national campaign.

Central to the campaign was a radio broadcast with independent sleep practitioner, educator and environment analyst James Wilson, aka the Sleep Geek. During the radio interviews, which aired on 33 stations around the country to more than four million listeners, the Sleep Geek used results of a Geberit survey into people’s sleeping habits to offer tips on reducing night time disturbance.

The research revealed that 90% of Brits wake at least once a night, with 1 in 10 people waking five times or more. The number one reason for waking is to use the toilet, with 80% of people struggling to get back to sleep following a visit to the bathroom. During the radio interviews, the Sleep Geek explained how the bathroom environment can have an impact on people’s ability to get back to sleep after going to the toilet.

Sleep practioner James Wilson - aka the 'Sleep Geek'

Sleep practioner James Wilson – aka the ‘Sleep Geek’

He said: “Turning the bathroom light on to navigate your way to the toilet sends a message to the brain that it’s time to wake up. This corresponds with the research which revealed that 40% of people turn on the light when they wake to go to the toilet. Add to this the shock of sitting on a cold toilet seat and it becomes clear that we don’t stand much chance of keeping our brains in sleep mode.”

The campaign incorporated online resources, including a dedicated landing page on the Geberit AquaClean website. Here, consumers could hear more from the Sleep Geek, and learn more about the benefits of Geberit AquaClean Mera and Geberit Monolith Plus. Both products feature an orientation light while the Geberit AquaClean Mera also has a heated seat and a super quiet flush to ensure disturbance is minimised.

The Geberit Sleep campaign also attracted a large audience on social media channels, including a Facebook competition to win a luxury sleep hamper.

“Using a number of very effective marketing tools, including radio and online, the campaign highlighted how the bathroom can be designed as a night time environment to help reduce disruption to sleep patterns,” commented Raffaela De Vittorio, Marketing and Brands Director, for Geberit. “While we can’t guarantee a good night’s sleep, products such as Geberit AquaClean Mera and Geberit Monolith Plus offer ways to make the bathroom environment as comfortable and relaxing as possible, even in the middle of the night.”

For more information call Geberit on 01926 516800 or visit www.geberit.co.uk/sleep

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Geberit Awards winners are revealed

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Recognising industry talent and a commitment to producing work of the highest quality, the 2016 Geberit Awards winners have been announced.

The standard of nominations this year was extremely high, with the judges having a hard task separating some of the most stand-out entries in each category.
Jonathan Terry scooped the title of ‘Best Domestic Bathroom Installer’, after being nominated for the title by Taylors Etc. in Cardiff. The bathroom showroom regularly recommends Jonathan to its customers due to his exceptional workmanship. Geberit Awards judges agreed, commenting on one particularly complex install by saying: “Attention to detail and impressive installation practice has resulted in a very neat finish.”

Second place in this category was awarded to Steve Phippard of ASP Plumbing, with Mark Fowdon of Studio One South West scooping the third-place spot. The very best examples of how teamwork pays off were on display in the ‘Best Installer Team’ category, with Sanctuary Bathrooms taking the top spot. Their work installing a master en-suite incorporating Geberit products to wall-mount the sanitaryware and maximise on space particularly impressed the judging panel. Judges comments included: “The overall finish is of a high standard, extremely neat and you can clearly see the installation team have a keen eye for detail.”

Jonathan Terry scooped the title of 'Best Domestic Bathroom Installer'

Jonathan Terry scooped the title of ‘Best Domestic Bathroom Installer’

Taking second place in the ‘Best Installer Team’ category went to Dunster Biomass Heating who chose Geberit Mapress when fitting a woodchip biomass system at a privately owned property in Sussex. The remaining spot was awarded to Designer Group, for their excellent team work while installing Geberit HDPE in student accomodation in Dublin.

The many advantages of specifying Geberit Mapress were maximised by the winners of the ‘Best Supply Systems Installer’ category, with Derek Barclay of K J Quinn Services taking the title. Using his initiative and drawing on his expertise, Derek specified Geberit Mapress Carbon Steel as the best fit for a complete boiler room installation for the M.O.D in Wiltshire.

Completing the project to exacting timescales, Derek was praised by Geberit Awards judges, who said: “This entry detailed the time constraints K J Quinn Services faced with this job. After finding Geberit Mapress as an alternative method they managed to halve their intitial installation time from 8 weeks to 4 weeks. The care and attention to the individual stages of the installation made this a stand-out entry.”

'Best Supply Systems Installer' category was won by Derek Barclay of K J Quinn Services

‘Best Supply Systems Installer’ category was won by Derek Barclay of K J Quinn Services

An exceptional commitment to the job was also shown by second place ‘Best Supply Systems Installer’ Mark Griffiths, who used Geberit Mapress for the efficient installation of a twin air source heat pump system. Third place in this category went to Christopher Flaherty of Vietec Heating. Again, Geberit Mapress was the piping solution of choice for Christopher when tasked with fitting a new heating system into a private residence in London.

The overall winner of each category picks up a cheque for £1,000, with Makita Drill Sets and Radios for the runners up.

“It is great to see so many installers taking pride in their work and always striving to achieve the very best,” commented Raffaela De Vittorio, Geberit Marketing & Brands Director. “Each of the winners and runners up has clearly demonstrated how Geberit products can be utilised to their best effect.”

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Sleep 2016: Geberit impresses with AquaClean Mera

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With shower toilets raising comfort levels in the hotel bathroom to spa-like proportions, Geberit showcased its very latest and market-leading technology at Sleep 2016. A highlight of the stand was the Geberit AquaClean Mera, which impressed not only with its aesthetic appeal, but also due to its array of intelligent comfort functions.

Characterised by high-quality materials, smooth lines and a seamless finish, this latest shower toilet from Geberit, designed by Christoph Behling, has the appearance of a standard WC on the outside, while a wealth of technological benefits are neatly concealed within.

The washing and drying functions are just part of the Geberit AquaClean Mera story, which also boasts functions including a proximity sensor to automatically raise the WC lid and warm the seat on the user’s approach, rimless WC pan for improved hygiene, a discreet orientation light for use at night, built-in odour extraction and a programmable remote control.

Visitors to Sleep 2016 also learned more about Geberit AquaClean Sela, available as either floor-standing or wall-hung it offers hotel guests a luxurious level of cleanliness, at the touch of a button.

Specifiers looking to upgrade hotel bathrooms retrospectively will find a neat solution with Geberit AquaClean enhancement seats, which can be added to an existing WC to wash the user clean with a gentle and airy water spray at body temperature.


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World’s most innovative companies – Geberit makes Forbes Top 100

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Cementing its position as a market leader within the bathroom industry, sanitary solutions and piping systems manufacturer Geberit has been named as one of the world’s most innovative companies by Forbes.

The Swiss brand, which has a UK headquarters in Warwick and stockists throughout the country, joins such household names as Amazon, Starbucks and Visa in the top 100 most innovative companies worldwide. Ranked at number 85 on the list, Geberit is officially more innovative than major names from Coca-Cola to ITV.

The rankings are based on what the US business magazine calls an innovation premium (IP), the difference between a firm’s enterprise value and a net present value of cash flows from its existing businesses. According to Forbes, only those industries that are known to invest in innovation are included.

With innovation as one of its core values, Geberit invests significantly in research and development, securing its long-held position as a market-leader in the bathroom sector. Critical to its on-going success, this Commitment to Innovation is founded on basic research in areas including hygiene and acoustics.

Such innovations include the Geberit Duofix framing system, which simplifies the installation process of wall-hung sanitaryware and Geberit AquaClean, the leading shower toilet range that introduces the very latest in WC technology into the bathroom. Geberit Mapress press fitting system is also revolutionising the way pipework is fitted in buildings as much today as when it was first launched more than 50 years ago.

“It is a real honour to be ranked among the 100 most innovative companies in the world by Forbes,” comments Mark Larden, Geberit Managing Director. “This position reflects the value that the company has within its DNA and what we deliver each day to our customers.”

For further information contact Geberit on 01926 516800, visit www.geberit.co.uk

CPD acoustics training for architects gets CIBSE seal of approval

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With acoustics being a crucial element of a building’s design, the RIBA-approved Geberit CPD training module now also has CIBSE seal of approval, making it an even more important addition to an architect’s CV.

With acoustics being a crucial element of a building’s design, the RIBA-approved Geberit CPD acoustics training module now also has CIBSE seal of approvalCIBSE promotes the career of building services engineers in a number of ways, such as approving work-based training programmes, including the Geberit CPD ‘Embedding acoustics into design’. Providing a technical insight and definition of ‘noise’ and its causes, the CPD covers current British Standards relating to limiting bathroom sound.

The CPD also gives insight into Geberit’s thorough approach to noise reduction which starts with good design and ends with appropriate product choices and correct installation techniques.

The training, offered free of charge, helps architects, specifiers and M&E contractors understand the problem of noisy bathrooms, the importance of taking a holistic approach to minimising it and the most suitable products available to create a quiet bathroom that doesn’t impact on adjoining rooms.

The official CIBSE approval means the Geberit acoustics CPD module can be delivered as part of the Continuous Professional Development of Consultants, Chartered Engineers and Engineering Technicians.

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Product Spotlight: Eco, safety credentials combine with Twyford X120

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Made from WRAS approved materials and designed to fit a standard 1/2″ BSP hose connector, the new Twyford X120 Thermostatic Shower Valve is easy to install and packed with user benefits.

Ideal for projects where eco credentials are key, the X120 has a water-saving feature to control flow without compromising on performance, while a number of safety features make it the perfect choice for installation in family bathrooms too.

The X120 Thermostatic Shower Bar Valve has a temperature pre-set to 380°C, with a push-button over-ride to 460°C, while its Cool touch technology helps to prevent scalding to increase user safety. Measuring 270mm x 92mm, the Shower Bar Valve has a ceramic cartridge for smooth operation, as standard.

The X120 is also available as a Dual Control Recessed Thermostatic Shower Valve, measuring 240 x 150mm and with a temperature pre-set to a maximum of 420°C.

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Geberit AquaClean goes on tour for the first time

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Leading the way in introducing the very latest shower toilet technology to consumers and raising awareness of the many benefits of cleaning with water among a growing audience, Geberit is taking to the road this summer on the Geberit AquaClean ‘My First Time’ tour.

Visiting key destinations throughout the UK, the Geberit My First Time tour will stop off at Edinburgh, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds, with a variety of activities taking place at each stop to encourage people to get on board with this latest bathroom technology in the most innovative of ways.

Fitted out with working Geberit AquaClean shower toilets, consumers will be encouraged to try the technology out for themselves and to share their first-time experience via social media, using the hashtag #myfirsttime. Visitors on board will learn about shower toilets and the many benefits of cleaning with water, with the manufacturer’s experienced sales team on hand for the duration.

Throughout the tour Geberit will be partnering with local charities to raise funds for good causes within the community, with each visitor who trials the Geberit AquaClean being given a penny token which Geberit will match with a £1 donation to the chosen charity.

Explaining this clever marketing tool, Sara Johnston, Geberit Consumer Marketing Manager, said: “We are committed to raising awareness of the Geberit AquaClean range in ways that match the level of innovation that can be found within our market-leading shower toilets.

“The Geberit AquaClean tour is an excellent opportunity for us to partner with local charities as part of our commitment to the community, helping to raise much needed funds for good causes. The event is part of a fully integrated marketing plan, supported by social media and local radio advertising. It promises to be a busy tour that will really get people talking about Geberit AquaClean and trialling it for the first time.”

Find out more at www.geberit-aquaclean.co.uk/myfirsttime

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Product Spotlight: Geberit expands popular Sigma30 flush plate range

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Geberit has expanded its best-selling Sigma range of flush plates with the addition of the Geberit Sigma30. With a choice of either a single or dual flush version the Sigma30 is perfect for a modern finish in any bathroom.

Manufactured from high quality materials, the flushplate has an easy flushing action for user comfort and is simple to install, with tool-free fast adjustment.

A stylish addition to the bathroom and the perfect accompaniment to wall-hung sanitaryware, the Geberit Sigma30 has a large rectangular profile with chrome design detail.

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The Sigma30 dual flush plate is available in six colours including white, black, gloss chrome, and matt chrome variants, while the single flush plate is available in three colours: white, gloss chrome and brushed chrome.

The range also includes a choice of urinal flush plates, and comes in six colours which match the Geberit Type10 WC flush buttons and zinc die cast plates.

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Product Spotlight: Geberit Duofix Sigma framing system

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Geberit Duofix Sigma 8cmEnabling architects to create sustainable, environmentally-friendly bathroom and washroom spaces, the market-leading Geberit Duofix Sigma 8cm framing system has been re-launched with a number of modifications.

With regulations regarding energy and water usage in building design becoming ever-more stringent, the new Geberit Duofix Sigma 8cm achieves an A*** on the WELL label, enabling it to meet environmental standards on many projects.

Helping to save water on commercial and domestic projects alike, the integrated cistern in the re-designed framing system has an adjustable flushing volume. Factory set at a flush of 6 and 3 litres, the cistern can be adjusted to lower flush volumes of 4 and 3 litres, without compromising on its performance.

A more versatile design option than ever before, the Geberit Duofix Sigma8cm is now narrower at 50cm wide and is suitable for a diverse range of applications as it can be used with all styles of ceramic, from shallow pans, to long projection WCs. Also, compatible with the Geberit AquaClean shower toilet range, the new frame can be used to introduce the very latest toilet technology into bathroom designs.

The Sigma8cm 2016 is now compatible with all Sigma flush plates and pneumatic flush buttons (except Sigma40) for creativity of design in the modern bathroom.

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Product Spotlight: Geberit’s online flush plate showroom makes selection easy

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With flush plate design growing ever-more diverse, the online Geberit Flush plate Showroom provides end users with an at-a-glance reference tool for the brand‘s wide range of styles, finishes and innovative technology.

Sales of wall-hung sanitaryware are on the rise, and with this comes a consumer desire to choose the perfect finishing touch, in the form of a stylish flush plate.

From the smallest flush plates on the market, to remote flush buttons, those with infra-red sensor technology and even bespoke models, Geberit has a solution for practically every situation. With so many options to choose from, the Flush plate Showroom, online at www.geberit.co.uk/flushplateshowroom is a handy reference guide for retailers to use when putting the finishing touches to their bathroom designs and to share with potential customers.

Making flush plate selection simple, the website acts as a virtual showroom, with all the benefits of each and every Geberit flush plate clearly detailed, alongside full-colour photography. As well as making it simple to choose between the various styles in the Geberit Sigma, Omega and Kappa ranges, the showroom also works as an aid for retailers to point out the advantages of the technology hidden behind the wall to the end user, to assist the selling process.

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Building work begins on new Geberit headquarters

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Following its acquisition of Twyford Bathrooms last year and as part of Geberit’s ambitious growth plans, building work has begun on the manufacturer‘s new 22,500-square-foot headquarters.

Geberit moved to its current bespoke built offices just seven years ago and is now building a premises twice the size. A significant investment for the company, the new head office is conveniently situated on the Tournament Fields business park, adjacent to the company’s current building, just off Junction 15 of the M40 motorway in Warwick.

The ground floor of the new building will be home to the Geberit and TwyfordTraining Academy where customers attend free workshops to gain hands on experience with the latest plumbing and piping systems. There will also be a 400 square metre showroom featuring the latest bathroom designs and technology, while the second floor will host Geberit’s central operations.

The new development, designed by Warwick based Corstorphine Wright Architects, will see the creation of 30 new jobs across marketing, customer service, finance and technical support areas of the business. An official groundbreaking ceremony took place at the site of the new building in February, with the new headquarters due for completion in January 2017.

“The building work on the new Geberit and Twyford headquarters marks an exciting and important milestone for the new business,“ comments Geberit UK Managing Director Mark Larden. “As a centrally based location it makes good sense to choose the existing Geberit site in Warwick for the development. Doing so means we are able to remain accessible to our customer base, with good transport links close by and with excellent facilities that will futureproof the company and support our significant growth plans in the UK.“

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Geberit’s ‘next-level’ bathroom technology on show at Ideal Home Show

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With shower toilets being the latest must-have technology for the bathroom, a visit to the Geberit stand at Ideal Home Show London this March is a must for anyone looking to raise the comfort levels to spa-like proportions in their family bathroom or en-suite.

Not only will Ideal Home Show visitors be able to learn about the many benefits of the market-leading Geberit AquaClean shower toilets and see the products in action, anyone dropping by Stand H319 throughout the show will also have the chance to win one. The shower toilet that looks just like a normal WC, Geberit AquaClean Sela has a streamlined design which is guaranteed to fit discreetly in any bathroom. At the touch of a button, it washes the user clean with a gentle, airy water spray at body temperature. Simple to use by all the family the AquaClean Sela can even be pre-programmed and operated via a remote control.

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Sure to be a talking point at the show will be the latest model to join the line-up, Geberit AquaClean Mera, which takes toilet technology to the next level. Behind its elegant design lies patented TurboFlush technology, an orientation light, automatic lid function, seat heating and integrated odour extraction, making this the ultimate WC for the 21st Century bathroom.

Several models from the Geberit AquaClean range will also be on display at the Ideal Home Show, from the Geberit AquaClean 4000 and 5000 enhancement sets which make upgrading an existing WC easy, through to the designer Geberit AquaClean Sela, and top-of-the-range Geberit AquaClean 8000plus.

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Five-star luxury at the touch of a button for Park Hyatt Vienna guests

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With comfort and luxury at every turn, Geberit AquaClean 8000plus shower toilets were the natural choice for the five-star Park Hyatt Vienna Hotel.

Park Hyatt Vienna - GeberitSituated in the heart of Vienna’s old town, the hotel has been converted from a 100-year-old bank building. Geberit AquaClean shower toilets were chosen for the guest bathrooms to help designers achieve a contemporary finish in a building steeped in history.

When furnishing the 143 spacious hotel rooms, the interior designers combined timeless, elegant design with local Viennese flair. The market-leading Geberit AquaClean shower toilets are a feature of the 108 luxurious and spacious hotel rooms, plus 35 suites, offering guests the opportunity to indulge in spa-like comfort throughout their stay.

The Geberit AquaClean 8000plus combines the functions of a toilet and a bidet in one compact unit. At the touch of a button the shower toilet washes the user clean with a gentle, airy water spray at body temperature. The intensity of the water can be adjusted to one of five levels, while the oscillating spray provides a particularly beneficial clean.

The Geberit AquaClean 8000plus also offers many pampering functions in addition to the shower function, including an adjustable spray temperature and intensity, a pulsating massage function has an invigorating effect, an integrated warm-air dryer and an automatic odour extraction function, which fills the room with fresh, clean air.

“Shower toilets are a standard feature at the Park Hyatt Vienna because they offer unparalleled comfort and are also expected by international guests,” explains Dietmar Ploberger, Project Manager at Signa Development, the company responsible for the conversion.

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