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One of the UK’s leading wetroom manufacturers, Impey, has launched a ground-breaking new Tiled Insert drainage grate for its best-selling Aqua-Dec Easy-Fit™ floor former range. The new Tiled Insert drain top will be available in July at retailers and merchants throughout the UK.

According to Impey, the company revolutionised the wetroom market with the introduction of its best-selling Aqua-Dec EasyFitfloor former in 2004. Now the wetroom brand has released a new drain grate alternative to accompany the Aqua-Dec EasyFit, in the form of a Tiled Insert option.

Aqua-Dec Easy-Fit floor

The new Tiled Insert option allows the installer to co-ordinate the drain top using the same tiles as the rest of the wetroom floor, creating a truly seamless aesthetic. The launch represents a new addition to the variety of drainage grate designs currently available for the Aqua-Dec EasyFit,

Impey says the award-winning Aqua-Dec EasyFit has become a go-to wetroom floor former for installers and specifiers alike, due to its versatility, durability, and easy-installation benefits. With a unique 360-degree rotating drain plate, installers can easily avoid underfloor obstructions like joists or existing pipework, which speeds up fitting times substantially. The EasyFithas revolutionised the wetroom installation process, by offering a fully-trimmable solution which can be fitted successfully onto timber and concrete floors and a lifetime warranty is available for peace of mind.

Personalisation options

This new addition to Impey’s portfolio offers yet more options for personalisation of the wetroom space. The Tiled Insert drain top boasts ease of adjustment, the frame and tile tray are both manufactured from high-quality stainless steel; with a frame measurement of 130mm x 130mm. For tilers and wetroom fitters, market-leading fine-tuning and adjustment options ensure versatility and ease of installation throughout the tiling process, with suitability for both 8mm to 10mm tiles.

WaterGuard clamp

The new product also includes a new WaterGuard clamp, specifically created to work with the sheet membrane and ensure a complete watertight installation. In addition, the Tiled Insert has been thoughtfully designed with a tiling aid, which assists in marking the centre of the drain top, saving time, and aiding in the simple creation of the perfect finish.

Said Clare Cranston, Design and Development Manager: “The new Tiled Insert drain top is a very exciting additional offering for our Aqua-Dec Easy-Fit™. We have focused on honing the functionality of the product to ensure it offers the best possible fitting experience for installers and tilers, as well as creating the streamlined, modern look that consumers are eager to achieve.”

The new Aqua-Dec Easy-Fit™ Tiled Insert will be previewed for the first time at the Women Installers Together conference, in London on 6th July. It will be available thereafter from all Impey partners including bathroom showrooms and merchants.

For more information visit: www.impeyshowers.com or contact your local Impey business development manager via the sales office on 01460 256 080.

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Features by Diane Larner founder and editor of Bathroom Review & Kitchens Review.
Diane Larner launched both titles over 12 years ago and has been writing about the bathroom and kitchen interior design industry ever since, publishing regular features across the two sectors.


Whilst we see the bathroom as a place for rest and relaxation, shower rooms are undoubtedly aimed at reinvigoration and renewal. Minimalist walk-in shower enclosures with generous dimensions deliver a plentiful sense of space that not only transforms the bathroom aesthetic but also bring a sense of luxury and wellbeing to the end-user. Diane Larner takes a look at the latest designs to reach the market.

Made for you

Sealskin Duka Hero
Sealskin Duka

As well as factoring in handsome good looks, shower design needs to offer versatility to allow for a range of projects, and not simply when planning for small or awkward spaces.

Chris Kingaby, product and marketing director, agrees; “The evolution of modern shower enclosures means that we, as manufacturers, can offer so much more for the retailer and consumer. Visually stunning contemporary enclosures which can be personalised to suit even the most unique design schemes are a must.”

Coram UK recently celebrated the British launch of its exclusive shower glass brand, Sealskin, and its premium range of Sealskin duka enclosures. The launch consists of three key styles: acqua 5000, libero 5000 and pura 500, all compatible with both wetroom floors and shower trays, offering maximum flexibility for the bathroom designer and end-user.

Save your energy

Smart appliances with built-in personalisation are becoming more popular as consumers look for ways to manage busy lifestyles and balance the needs of household members. When it comes to the bathroom, built-in personalisation features make it simple to set the water temperature to user preferences and monitor water and energy use.

One example comes from the new bathroom brand Elisa. Launched to the market this month, Elisa has unveiled its new range of heritage-style mixer showers and smart digital showers. The Intuition smart digital shower (pictured top and above) features a ShowerMe Smart App that gives users the ability to select the duration of the shower, helping to save water and energy, while an easy-to-use dashboard gives the homeowner a clear picture of individual water consumption.

Reach for the top

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Kudos Pinnacle8

A study by RIBA* found that on average a new three-bedroom home is missing 4m² of floor space – the size of a family bathroom – while the smallest homes were missing the space equivalent to a double bedroom. British homes have an average floor space of 71.2 sq. m. This is compared to Germany’s average of 92.7 sq. m. and Italy’s average of 108.2 sq. The shortage of land for new homes and a trend for multiple bathrooms in existing housing stock means the space allocated for shower rooms is under pressure.

A quadrant shower takes up less overall space than a square enclosure of the same size and fits neatly into the corner. Kudos has expanded its collection of Pinnacle8 luxury shower enclosures to satisfy growing demand and is now one of the most popular selling enclosure ranges offered, the collection has been expanded again and new options are available to retailers from March. 

Water wise

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Neoperl shower hose

Despite increasing awareness when it comes to sustainable design and climate change, UK water consumption demand has never been so high and is set to rise in the next few years. Regulating water flow is a simple way to combat this trend and saves both energy and water.

Neoperl is an expert in the field, manufacturing flow regulators from its Malvern Worcestershire factory. Its Chromalux® Supreme Shower Hose, coupled with a retrofittable Pressure Compensating Washer (PCW), saves water and controls the flow. The range of smooth, soft and flexible hoses incorporates chrome-plated connectivity with the options of a swivel connection, an integrated check valve and a washer regulator. 

Take to the floor

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Impey – spa-style wetroom

A contemporary wetroom design not only serves to deliver multi-generational benefits and an accessible bathroom layout, but it also delivers a spa-like feel, especially when combined with luxury shower systems.

Impey has 25 years of experience and over half-a-million UK installations under its belt. Combining key design elements and innovative showering scenarios, Impey’s contemporary showering solutions portfolio showcases countless possibilities for wetroom designs within residential, commercial and specialist settings.  

*RIBA study

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We expect a great deal of the once humble shower room. It goes without saying shower spaces should offer multi-generational accessibility, and in the wake of COVID-`19, hygienic features and easy-clean surfaces. However, we are also looking for a sense of spa-like luxury, a space to relax and rejuvenate.

Shower hardware combines all these elements, offering a practical solution that is included throughout the shower area to match bathroom accessories for a cohesive design-led feel.

Simon Boocock, CRL Managing Director agrees: “The shower enclosure has evolved into more of a wet-room, easy access and almost open-plan area, low-level trays coupled with frameless enclosures create a minimalist appeal. With very little on show, the shower hardware, including hinges and U-channels, as well as the brassware, has a chance to shine. Creating a cohesive look is important here, with hardware very often now chosen in keeping with shower brassware and available in a range of finishes to suit.”

Frameless style

CRL Cambridge Frameless Shower Enclosure

CRL’s Frameless designs such as the Cambridge maximise accessibility and deliver a clean, streamlined look. This range is designed to match CRL shower hardware with colours and styles to suit all décor schemes.

Access all areas

HEWI’s System 900 is also a response to the complex requirements of accessible bathrooms. The products boast long-lasting quality, clever installation solutions and a hygienic design. Matching accessories open up versatile design options in the bathroom and HEWI also offers practical toilet roll holders and new towel rails or toilet brush sets in stainless steel, chrome or with a powder-coated finish in white, shades of grey and black.

System 900 powder coated finishes shower spaces
Hewi System 900 Powder Coated Finishes

Staying grounded

Some of the most serious accidents happen in the bathroom and we expect a high proportion are caused by slips and falls whilst getting in and out of the shower. For hoteliers, keeping bathrooms safe is a priority and the health and safety checklist requires handrails and slip-proof surfaces. For the home, an efficient anti-slip surface keeps all the family safe without having to include rails for open plan designs.

BetteAir Shower spaces
BetteAir Tile

The Bette-Anti Slip Sense surface is a new type of surface treatment for maximum slip resistance (in accordance with evaluation group C of DIN 51097) and claims to provide the highest level of slip protection. This surface is available on Bette’s new BetteAirshower tile for perfect level-access integration.

Smooth operator

Another key aspect when it comes to safe design is not having to fight with your amenities. Lakes Antigua Slider features an easy-glide door that closes effortlessly at the touch of a finger to a near-silent stop. Concealed wheels ensure easy cleaning and a cooler look plus a low threshold for easy and safe access, and a solid cast handle with smooth, rounded edges for a touch of elegance.

Let’s get personal

Lockdown gave us time to get creative and in the UK it fuelled a trend in home improvement, as life imitates art, art imitates life and so, the hospitality sector is creating bathroom spaces that feel like home. In our homes, we still want to emulate that luxury hotel feel. Personalisation delivers the best of both worlds.

Richard Eaton, Product Manager, RefleXion Enclosures by PJH comments: “The desire for personalisation is causing designs to evolve, for example, the black-framed or panelled look that we’ve seen of late is great for the industrial-inspired or monochrome look.”

“More patterns, colours and unusual finishes are now appearing, such as our botanical themed RefleXion Iconix ‘Black Leaf’ 8mm Panel and the use of materials other than polished chrome frames and clear glass will really grow in the next few years – such as gold or brass frames, and frosted or fluted glass.”

Just relax

Keely Greenhalgh, National Sales Manager at Mermaid Panels tells us: “We want our bathrooms to replicate the spa experience. Bathrooms are increasingly being treated as a treasured area of the home to truly relax and refresh so bathrooms that can capture that spa-like serenity at home will continue to be a standout style for 2022.”

Pursuing tones that give a sense of tranquillity and reflect the natural environment certainly feels like a trend that’s here to stay and using contrasting materials is a simple way to achieve this. However, we can expect a switch back to lighter shades for 2022, for example, greens and blues will still be popular but sage green and sky blue may lead in popularity.

Keely agrees: “Whether it’s a Swedish wood effect or a more traditional yet decadent marble, there is an increasing number of surface options on the market to create a hidden retreat in the home. Calming tones and colours are a perfect way to create serenity within the bathroom. Designers can look at muted tones combined with one stand out wall to create a relaxing, soothing area.”

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Mermaid Panels – Elite Range – Himalayan Marble

Mermaid Panels has introduced 28 new décors to its premium Elite collection of bathroom panels.  Offering an alternative to tiling, Elite has a 100% waterproof core and helps create a completely seamless, premium look and finish. The artistic post-formed edges add unique design detail that removes the need for trims or grouting.

The ClassicLine series from Unidrain has been expanded and now includes six different options in brushed stainless steel; the Column, Stripe, Anniversario, Classic, Square and Inca, each with their own unique grating design.

ClassicLine is the original linear floor drain and it was this invention that helped create Unidrain. This initial drain was a revelation – the patented wall and floor flanges, which enable the drain to be positioned against the wall yet keeping the surfaces 100% waterproof was a game-changer in the drainage world. The ClassicLine was introduced in 2003 and has since won numerous design awards. The original design series consists of a frame and a grating, with the frame holding the grating in place.

Unidrain ClassiLine

About Unidrain

Established in 2003 this design company has gone from inventing the linear floor drain to creating a leading international brand, spreading Danish design ethics and Nordic minimalism to the rest of the globe. From five star hotels in the Maldives, to the Award-winning Herman K in Copenhagen Unidrain products and accessories play a key role in the look and feel of the most stylish bathrooms on the planet.

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