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Interior design studio Goddard Littlefair has unveiled its latest creation with a luxurious design of Southbank Place’s Spa. A joint residential development venture between Canary Wharf Group & Qatari Diar, London’s South Bank has been transformed by a unique mixed-use development with the famous Shell Centre Tower at its heart.

Goddard Littlefair’s expertise in designing spas globally sees Southbank Place added to their portfolio alongside the recent design of Chelsea Barracks Spa.

The ultra-sleek design of these lavish amenities was conceptualised with an experiential focus, creating a serene city oasis where residents can escape to relax, unwind and reinvigorate. A light and calming palette of sensitively selected natural materials paired with ambient lighting create a cocoon-like space within an uber-contemporary spa setting. Residents will be able to enjoy a luxury hotel-standard spa experience within their dynamic city-living environment.

Martin Goddard, Co-Founder of Goddard Littlefair comments, “When we started looking at the concept for this amenity we realised that there were very few spa and fitness spaces that addressed a luxury residential development. This gave us many questions that had to be answered. Through extensive research, we recognised that the facilities of top luxury hotels had the closest synergy with what we felt residents would want to have access to.

“Over the years we have seen the emergence of ‘Wellness’ as a trend that has resonated and, rather than being fleeting, seems to only increase in importance. Seven years ago, it wasn’t really a prominent concept but, looking back, the essence of wellbeing and wellness was what we were trying to accommodate with the design of this space.”

The project was developed over the course of seven years, with Goddard Littlefair appointed to design the entire spa which is centrally located underneath the Southbank Place development, and is available to the occupiers of the residential buildings. The final design of this generous 2,000 sqm spa is set across various zones. Key to the success of any spa layout is the guest journey and the recognition that while some users will want to be energised through a hard-hitting workout, others want to relax and the two elements should be accessed separately and without overlap to heighten the experience. 

Southbank Spa

Martin Goddard continues “We wanted to ensure that a series of experiences were available to the users to excite and encourage the spa to be fully utilised. The experience of decompressing and unwinding is a key consideration in the planning and design stages of a world class spa facility.”

The spacious reception area acts as a hub and a social area for residents to meet with each other, or with therapists or trainers. One fully equipped gym is available along with two separate studios which can be heated for a hot yoga workout or cooled for a dynamic spin class. The alternative wet and relax route takes residents through plush changing rooms, the men’s area includes a sauna and the female area has its own vitality pool, sauna and steam room.

Following on from the success of the award-winning Smart Quiz shower tray, Acquabella has come to market with a brand-new statement bath tub, the Opal Quiz. Combining an avant-garde geometric design with the new texture and a beautiful sculptured shape.

The first-ever bath to be made from Akron, Opal Quiz offers something completely different. Akron is a composite material made of a mixture of resin with natural minerals and absolutely no silica. The new Opal Quiz benefits from Akron’s extremely high definition non-slip finish, is warm to the touch and is resistant to damage caused by impact, with the added advantage of being antibacterial. 

The new Acquabella Opal Quiz has already received design plaudits from Red Dot (Product Award 2021) and is shortlisted for the iF Design Awards. The bath is available in the full Acquabella colour range, (Standard, Natural and RAL) and measures 180 cm x 55 with a width at it widest point of 80 cm.

Retails at £5365 for a Standard colour.

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Bette is expanding its popular BetteUltra shower tray range with four new formats, with which XL and XXL shower areas can be created.

The trend towards large floor-like or super-flat shower trays continues because they are comfortable to use, give a generous feeling of space and are very easy to care for.

The BetteUltra glazed titanium-steel shower trays feature flush-mounted waste covers and a durable and easy to clean surface. They are available in numerous colours, come with a 30 year warranty and are 100% recyclable.

Now four new formats in the dimensions 1300 x 700, 1300 x 750, 1900 x 900 and 2000 x 900 mm extend the bathroom options with BetteUltra.  The 2000 mm version is one of the largest shower trays in glazed titanium steel on the market and is extremely stable thanks to the strong material. With the new sizes, walk-in shower areas can be created which continue the usual high aesthetic standard of BetteUltra in XL and XXL format. In addition to classic white, they are available in numerous colours, including exclusive matt colours and special effect colours.

Pleasure for eye and ear

The shower trays, which are only 35 mm in depth, can either be installed flush-to-floor or above the floor, so BetteUltra can be used to help the bathroom appear more spacious and to reduce the risk of tripping.

BetteUltra shower trays come pre-fitted with sound-insulating mats, to ensure more acoustic comfort when showering, and no additional work for installers. If the BetteUltra shower trays are also ordered with the pre-fitted Bette Minimum-support, additional time can be saved on installation and increased sound insulation will be achieved to DIN 4109 and VDI 4100, sound insulation level 3 with only 17 dB(A).

For further information see my-bette.com/en or telephone 0844 800 0547.

The United Kingdom and Ireland are to be grouped under LIXIL’s newly formed “North West Europe” regional umbrellaLIXIL EMENA has announced a new sub-region under the leadership of Rogier van Dis as Leader, the Nordics, Baltics and Benelux are grouped under the new sub-region.

The organisational change aims to further accelerate the strong growth momentum across the markets, delivering a more agile and tailored approach to the newly established North West Europe sub-region. 

“The new sub-region is a logical next step to empower our people to act decisively and quickly in the interest of our business partners. Our success is a merit of a fantastic team of talents across EMENA. When we see people going above and beyond to drive our business forward, we are happy to be able to promote them from within our organisation to new positions with more responsibility, which also is a great acknowledgement of their efforts,” comments Jonas Brennwald, Leader LIXIL EMENA and Co-CEO Grohe AG.

With the new regional set up, several positions rotated across the entire EMENA organisation to ensure the best fit for all its sub-regions in support of GROHE’s business partners and their needs.

“I am delighted that Rogier van Dis will be the leader for North West Europe. Rogier brings a strong track-record of success that he continuously extended in his previous responsibility for Benelux and the UK. I am confident that North West Europe will further accelerate the growth of the GROHE brand under his leadership,” continues Jonas Brennwald.

Rogier van Dis, Leader North West Europe, LIXIL EMENA adds: “I feel honoured to be entrusted with this great opportunity to deliver further growth for the GROHE brand in such an exciting region. We have a diverse and highly talented team in place to lift the vast potential created with the North West Europe sub-region, allowing us to greatly enhance the brand experience and performance for our customers and business partners.”

About LIXIL

LIXIL makes pioneering water and housing products that solve everyday, real-life challenges, making better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere. Drawing on our Japanese heritage, we create world-leading technology and innovate to make high quality products that transform homes. But the LIXIL difference is how we do this; through meaningful design, an entrepreneurial spirit, a dedication to improving accessibility for all, and responsible business growth. Our approach comes to life through industry leading brands, including INAX, GROHE, American Standard, and TOSTEM. Approximately 60,000 colleagues operating in more than 150 countries are proud to make products that touch the lives of more than a billion people every day.

 LIXIL Group Corporation (TSE Code: 5938) is the listed holding company for LIXIL’s portfolio of businesses.

Roca has introduced four new contemporary brassware collections to add to its impressive brassware portfolio, offering a wide range of solutions that complement every style of bathroom.  

Pals

Roca Brassware Pals
Pals

Straight, minimalist lines and different geometrics come together in Pals, a modern collection with an array of configurations and originality as a distinguishing trait. The basin and bidet models in the Pals collection include a convenient joystick handle, in line with the latest trends, providing an elegant design.  The combination of straight and round lines achieves a striking contemporary aesthetic.   The Pals collection features Roca’s exclusive Evershine, an electrolytic coating which guards against corrosion, delivers brightness, a sparkling mirror effect and an anti-scratch finish.  A long lasting and hygienic solution is guaranteed, thanks to the anti-lime scale deposition materials used. The result is a high-quality product, made from premium materials. The Pals collection includes brassware options for basins, bidets, baths and showers.  

Carelia

Carelia (pictured top) is a smooth-body, contemporary design collection, which features a soft turn handle and pan handle lever in the elegant basin mixer model. Carelia offers a wide range of options, including basin mixers, deck-mounted bath mixers, and a choice of solutions for the shower. Available in chrome and also in a sleek powder-coated black finish (basin and bath mixers only), Carelia offers stylish design at a competitive price point.  

Roca Brassware Alfa
Alfa

Alfa

Offering a gently angled, contemporary design, Alfa (pictured right) is available in a variety of matching options. The range includes basin, bidet and bath-shower mixers, all featuring a soft turn handle and full headed lever. All products in the range benefit from the advantages of Roca’s Evershine finish.  

Cala

Cala features a curved cylindrical body and a longer projection spout on basin mixer models, as well as several convenient options for showers and bath-shower mixers. Roca’s exclusive Evershine coating guarantees a long-lasting, polished finish and makes for easy cleaning of these contemporary bathroom taps.  

Water Saving

The new Pals, Alfa and Cala basin-mixers include a built-in aerator in the spout which limits the flow to 5 litres per minute. This allows water consumption to be minimised without reducing the level of functionality. Thanks to the air injection, the aerator guarantees a plentiful, soft and bubbling water flow that also prevents splashing.  

Energy Efficiency

Thanks to Roca’s Cold Start® technology, all taps in the new ranges open to the right, always starting with cold water – meaning daily rituals that don’t require hot water can be carried out without unnecessarily activating the boiler, saving energy and cost.   David Bromell, Head of Marketing at Roca comments: “Roca brassware is manufactured to the highest quality and we’re exceptionally proud of our broad design portfolio, ensuring that we offer beautiful design and functional solutions for every bathroom and at all price points.”

Neoperl UK is taking delivery of 4 new high speed moulding machines in a significant investment to further improve the quality and efficiency in their UK production of flow regulators.

The four new machines are being delivered in two batches, two in March and two by the end of April as part of the company’s continual improvement program.  The new moulding machines will offer additional capacity in the moulding process, offering much faster cycle times especially for volume runs. These new machines also offer an improvement in quality and produce less scrap.

Neoperl UK focus specifically on the production of flow regulators in the UK. It is a very specialist area and Neoperl are one of the leading producers in the world manufacturing millions each year in various sizes.  Flow regulators are used in appliances to control the flow of water independent on external water pressure variances. They are often found in taps, showers and domestic boilers, making the appliance more efficient and helping to save water.

www.neoperl.com

01684 564869

info@neoperl.co.uk

Neoperl UK Ltd., Enigma Business Park, Sparrowhawk Close, Malvern, WR14 1GH

D-Neo from Duravit is a completely customisable range of washbasins, furniture, WC’s, baths and basins and comes with a lifetime guarantee on the ceramic elements in the range for selected countries.* The sophisticated entry-level range, by Belgian designer Bertrand Lejoly, has been created to outlast short-lived trends.

Duravit D-Neo

Versatile D-Neo is component-based and includes a wide range of washbasins: from furniture and built-in variants to hand rinse basins and above-counter basins. The washbasins feature an all-round rim and the matching vanity units are eye-catching and practical with added storage space. The above-counter basins are available in oval or round variants.

All the toilets come with the Duravit Rimless® technology and can be ordered with the antibacterial HygieneGlaze ceramic glaze, achieving perfect flushing results with just 4.5 litres of water. The D-Neo series also offers a matching bidet.

A further highlight in this price segment is the free-standing DuraSolid® bathtub with its velvety look and feel and a style reminiscent of the oval above-counter basins. At just 1600 mm in length, it also perfectly showcases smaller bathrooms.

Built-in bathtubs made from sanitary acrylic with one sloping backrest are available in five sizes ranging from 1500 x 750 to 1800 x 800 mm. The 1800 x 800 mm version can also be ordered with two backrests.

The built-in bathtubs also come in a whirl version for that extra-special feel-good factor. Six flat water-air nozzles arranged in the side walls create a beneficial massage effect.

Available in widths of 410 to 1400 mm and numerous design options, the D-Neo furniture perfectly complements any bathroom. Three new wood-look décors complete the selection of D-Neo furniture finishes bringing the total to 13. A harmonious overall picture is produced when combined with the ergonomic handle in a diamond-black finish; this mirrors the curve of the console panels and washbasins. The indirect light provided by the matching circular mirrors from the Light + Mirror range creates a pleasant ambience. The mirrors and mirror cabinets are available as a rectangular option with LED edging lighting at the top, guaranteeing ideal illumination of the washing area.

Washbasin mixers with the FreshStart feature are also available for the first time: cold water flows in the central position. Hot water is only added when the user deliberately moves the handle to the left, limiting the energy-intensive production of hot water to situations where it is actually needed.

Thanks to the selection of D-Neo ceramic elements, the high-quality furniture, wide range of bathtub options, and matching faucet range, it’s possible to customize any bathroom in top quality and for an attractive price.

*Lifetime garantee us for the ceramics only – not the complete range.

British shower products manufacturer, KUDOS, is now enjoying the extra production capability that’s been realised from its recent £650,000 investment.

Last year saw Kudos move its finished goods stock from its manufacturing site in Cumbria to a new 60,000 sq ft warehouse facility in Sandbach, Cheshire. The move, not only placed the company’s finished goods stock in a more central UK location, it also released around 25,000 sq ft of space in the Elmsfield Park, Cumbria facility enabling the expansion of its manufacturing capability. The extra capacity has seen the installation of a new shower tray production facility to supplement the existing tray manufacturing unit in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

New sanding machine in Cumbria facility speeds up production of composite filled acrylic shower trays.

The Cumbrian factory is now largely producing the new SR premium shower tray collection. These trays, available in both the KStone and Connect2 designs, feature a new surface material which is slip, scratch and stain resistant. The slip resistant properties are embedded in the material, rather than a coating of the surface, which means it cannot be removed and, unlike many other anti-slip surfaces, is comfortable underfoot.

Kudos Shower Products Ltd has been designing and manufacturing shower products at their Cumbrian facility since 1999. 

Visit their website kudosshowers.co.uk, call them on 01539 564040 or email info@kudosshowers.co.uk

National housebuilder Lovell Homes has launched its newest Eastern development named Stephenson Grange – located near Derbyshire’s Peak District – through an online event that answered the top questions relating to mortgages as well as giving a virtual taste of life in Holmewood.

The brand-new development, that will provide a mixture of affordable and luxury homes perfectly suited to first-time buyers, was revealed in a different format compared to the usual in person launches, giving Chesterfield house hunters a unique perspective and the chance to find out everything there is to know about mortgages.

Prospective purchasers tuned in to the Lovell Homes Instagram channel for  exclusive access to a simple buyers guide, which is now available to view on demand here, with expert advice from Mortgage Pathways.

Chesterfield-local Joanne James, who is also the new sales executive at Stephenson Grange, used the launch to give viewers a realistic insight into life in Holmewood – from the distance to the shops for that all important pint of milk to how long the school-run will take.

Joanne said: “It can seem overwhelming when buying a house, especially as a first-time buyer and it is apparent that the different types of mortgage rates available – including the government’s new five per cent mortgage scheme – the stamp duty holiday, and the Help to Buy Scheme are topics that Chesterfield house hunters were desperate to find out more about.

“In normal circumstances we would have opened our doors and invited people in to celebrate our brand-new launch – obviously things must be done differently at the moment and we’ve actually found that people enjoy being able to do some research from their sofa before making an appointment to visit. “

Located in Holmewood village, just five miles from Chesterfield and within proximity to the Peak District, the 156-home development offers a mix of two, three and four-bedroom properties. The development has been designed to appeal to a broad audience – from first-time buyers, growing families or those looking towards retirement.

All of the properties at the new build development feature open plan kitchen/dining areas, integrated appliances, spacious rooms, contemporary finishes and two off-street parking spaces, perfectly suited to anyone searching for a dream, life-long home.

Colette Ben Tarcha, sales director at Lovell, added: “Chesterfield is on the edge of the Peak District so you’re a stone’s throw away from beautiful walks and the stunning market towns of Matlock and Bakewell too. It also boasts excellent commuter links, being just ten minutes away from the M1 by car, allowing easy access to Sheffield and Nottingham for shopping, nights out and work.

“The development has been designed to appeal to a wide audience with different house types available, each with a contemporary feel and suitable to cater for all needs. We have three show homes available for viewings, the two-bedroom semi-detached Fairhaven, three-bed semi-detached Lansdown and the three-bedroom detached Puttenham, each offering different layouts. Our show homes also have a family friendly interior design, which gives a great idea of space to show future residents how they can design their home.” 

Stephenson Grange is part of a joint venture between Together Housing Group and Lovell Partnerships who have joined forces in a bid to tackle the housing crisis across the region. Of the 156 homes, 38 will be available for affordable rent via Together Housing Group or shared ownership via Together Homes in a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments and two and three-bedroom houses.

Interest in Stephenson Grange has already been strong due to its desirable location and strong commuter links, as well as its wealth of public amenities including a doctor’s surgery, post office and a library. Current released two-bedroom homes start from £169,000 and three-bedroom homes from £195,000.

The first homes will be ready to welcome new residents in summer 2021 and the development is expected to be completed in 2023. Site visits and show home tours must be booked in advance with visitors adhering to COVID-19 guidelines, including the wearing of face masks, limited numbers, and social distancing.

Marketing suite and show home opening hours are Thursday to Monday 10am – 5pm. For further information on the development or to book an appointment, visit https://www.lovell.co.uk/developments/stephenson-grange-holmewood/  or call us on 01246 641 368

For more information about Lovell Homes please visit www.lovell.co.uk or follow @Lovell_UK on Twitter.

This month we talk to Tom Reynolds – Chief Executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association – to understand the latest market research available to BMA members and what this means for bathroom brands.

The current coronavirus crisis has many parallels with the Spanish flu pandemic, suffered by around 500 million people, a hundred years ago. It resulted in tens of millions of deaths, and was followed by a wave of economic and cultural prosperity throughout the Western world. The Roaring 1920s, as it became known, was characterised by new technologies, an advertising boom and a surge in consumerism.

At BMA we work closely with a team of market researchers at Opinium, to get a greater understanding of what consumers want. We recently hosted a webinar for members, discussing how brands should position themselves, post-pandemic.

Research shows respondents were split on whether they want to return to life as it was, or they want a complete change to society. There are two competing narratives – pent-up demand will create a surge in spending, versus restraint prevailing and resulting in more conservative consumer patterns.

But one particularly strong theme running throughout the market segments, is a desire to support local neighbours, the wider community and the environment. This sense of solidarity and collectivism is translating into value-driven purchasing, and we in the KBB industry need to get our heads around this as we serve the  post-pandemic market.

There is an opportunity to connect in a meaningful way on sustainability and climate issues, to help people make informed decisions about bathroom products and environmental impact.

We know the majority of people have no idea how much energy and water they use, but the climate crisis and the net zero challenge, will force more people to question their consumption.   In the bathroom sector, the Unified Water Label is one answer. It enables people to make a positive impact by choosing products that deliver environmental and cost-saving benefits. It must be visible at the point of sale so consumers see clear and concise information about water, energy and carbon values.

At the BMA, there is a sense of like-mindedness in terms of our collective views on sustainability, and our collective efforts to transitioning to carbon neutral bathrooms. We must convey this to consumers to demonstrate the shared sense of values we hold.