Bron Afon Accessible Bathrooms
Accessible Bathrooms in Community Housing
Founded in 2008, Bron Afon, a social housing organisation in Torfaen, Wales, is owned and operated by members whose goal is to improve the lives of people. They help those who are disadvantaged and excluded to have a higher quality of life, and have better opportunities for success in Torfaen and the communities surrounding it.
"We are a social enterprise who love making a difference to people’s lives. Our work covers construction, community regeneration, support and so much more." - Bron Afon
They have over 8,000 homes in Torfaen: 900 leasehold flats, 80 shared ownership flats and 800 flats in retirement housing. With over 150 trained and skilled trades staff, their expertise covers everything from ethical contracting, construction services to community investment and support.
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An Assisted Living and Care development in in Thornhill, Cwmbran
In this recent development, Bron Afon created 30 wet rooms and an assisted bathing room within a domiciliary care setting. Key factors in choosing a product for their bathroom walls were:
- The product needs to be clean and hygienic for an environment where infection control is a priority
- Low maintenance, durable and hard wearing
Multipanel bathroom wall panels hit every requirement for Bron Afon. They emphasised that the products were "low maintenance, easy to clean, hygienic, aesthetically pleasing and durable."
Assisted Living Needs and Requirements
Bron Afon had to overcome a number of key challenges when building a facility dedicated to assisted living. The main challenge was ensuring that the rooms were a clean and hygienic environment, as infection control is of great importance in assisted care.
Since installing Multipanel in their bathrooms:
"No repairs have been needed, they have worn well with use. They have kept their appearance as they still look new and are proving effective with cleaning and minimising cross infection / contamination" - Building Manager at Bron Afon
Multipanel Products Used
The two décors chosen for this project were:
- Classic White Snow Hydrolock in 2400mm X 1200mm (3308 FSC MIX 87%)
- Heritage Alabaster Oak (8854 FSC MIX 87%) Hydrolock in 2400mm X 1200mm (now discontinued)
These decors were chosen to assist the users with diminished vision. Visual assistance for these users was achieved by providing a 30-point difference in light reflective variance between the wet and dry areas of the room.
Multipanel saves time on installation
Another major consideration in choosing Multipanel was the relative speed of installation. The installation of the 31 bathrooms took a total of 4 weeks to complete, cutting the build time by the additional 2 weeks that tiling would have presented them with. Multipanel's alternative to tile solution has been found to be more durable and easier to clean.
Switch to waterproof panels and save time, and money
- Switching from tiles could save you £30 per m2 on your next project
- Perfect for care homes needing specialist wall panels for wet rooms
- Supplied on a just-in-time basis
If you are looking for improved turnaround times, stunning long-lasting design and quality, then Multipanel products are definitely for your hotel's bathroom refurbishment program.
- Quick and easy installation
- Completely waterproof - no mouldy grout
- Easy cleaning - just wipe down
- Almost seamless joint with Hydrolock
- 30 year warranty
- Can be installed over old tiles
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