ROBUST INTERNAL & EXTERNAL
KJ Architects designed and built this public toilet in Newmarket as part of The Guineas Shopping Centre for Forest Heath District Council. It was thought out through an aesthetic point of view as well as it being fully accessible for wheelchair users.
The scheme was designed and located in conjunction with a much larger scheme in mind, which originally was conceived as an extension to the shopping centre and the car park. KJ Architects knew that there was likely to be a time gap between the building of the toilets and the proposed extensions, and therefore designed the building so that it could stand alone if needed. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on your viewpoint, this was proved to be the right decision as the extensions to the shopping mall and the car park have been placed on indefinite hold.
KJ Architects designed the public toilet with functionality at the forefront of the building. The floor finish selected was a non slip tiling so as not to impede passage of wheelchairs and other movement aids.
Due to the symmetry of the building, colour has been used with regard to treatment of the external finishes along with the appropriate signage. Coloured brickwork has been used to differentiate between the male and female entrances to the blocks. while glass block panels and dome roof lights allow natural daylight to penetrate the building whilst still being obscured for privacy. To the rear of the public toilet, to break up the mass of brickwork, render panels have been incorporated with robust external finishes to minimise problems of vandalism.
Aesthetics were taken into consideration for the roof, due to it being overlooked by the second storey of the multi-storey car park, so a single ply membrane with false standing seams mimics lead roofing.
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