Merrylands RSL’s five star quality luxury bathrooms have been named Australia’s Best Bathroom 2018.
Now in its fourth year, the 2018 Best Bathroom Competition from Initial is run by Total Facilities, Australia’s largest facilities management exhibition.
Total Facilities’ event manager Andrew Lawson said the awards were established to encourage awareness and pride among Australia’s facilities and workplace management professionals.”
“A tired and even unpleasant restroom environment can make or break a company’s reputation,” Lawson said.
Merrylands RSL’s seven luxurious, private female cubicles with individual basins, stylish accessories and inlay metallic bronze feature tiles were a standout for the judges who were particularly impressed with how the RSL incorporated its community’s needs into the design process.
To prevent the risks associated with slips and falls in high traffic bathrooms, safety was a key requirement.
Merrylands RSL’s timed flow taps and paper towel dispensers are located next to the basins to limit water spillage and also to improve hygiene. Custom-made mirrors combined with professional lighting design create a functional and stylish environment.
Energy and water saving features were also included in the bathroom facility with high end features built into the sinks, urinals and cubicles.
Steve Brady facilities manager Merrylands RSL said the facility was delighted to be announced the 2018 winners.
“A huge amount of time and effort went into this project in terms of presentation, functionality, safety and efficiency. We are proud to have delivered an award-winning world-class facility.”
From décor to design, aesthetics to environment
Each year the Best Bathroom Facility competition is open to public bathrooms in spaces such as commercial buildings, shopping centres, hotels or recreational grounds.
“We evaluate bathrooms on design, innovation, aesthetics and products and services that improve wellbeing for everyone,” explained Lawson. “This competition profiles some of the most progressive organisations which are at the forefront of bathroom experiences.”
This year, second place was awarded to Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) for its remote area, waterless pod-designed toilet on Skullbone Plains Reserve in Tasmania. TLC’s toilet with a view is good for the environment, uses no water, has minimal odour and is low maintenance.
Third place was awarded to 259 George Street for its commuter and cyclist arrival facilities exceeding the luxury of any first class airline lounge. The facility boasts 25 personal change suites with warm timber and Japanese tiles.
And fourth place went to Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College for its simple yet elegant bathroom facilities offering the latest sanitary technologies and sustainable practices. Tinted with bold yet tasteful splashes of colour, the college’s amenities are a huge leap forward from a traditional student amenities block.
“We have been so impressed with the quality of competition entries this year. The level of innovation and adoption of new technologies has been outstanding and we are thrilled to be part of this national competition,” said Tania Dalton, Initial’s marketing business manager.