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Eastern High School, Cardiff

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New Generation Community School

Eastern High a new high school and further education centre was completed in 2018, funded by Cardiff Council and the Welsh Government as part of the £164 million ‘21st Century Schools’ upgrade programme across Cardiff. It was built by Willmott Dixon to accommodate 1200 school pupils and a further 320 college students.

Eastern High provides a smooth transition for high school leavers to continue in further, post-16 education and training on the same premises. It also supports the wider local community with a range of leisure and learning facilities.

This new generation community school required pupil washrooms that provided a modern and pleasing aesthetic environment with the strength to endure high traffic whilst maintaining privacy.

The designers implemented Department of Education guidelines and built off corridor open plan gender unisex washrooms to ensure good teacher supervision, prevent a bullying culture and accommodate gender and religious sensibilities.

To achieve this the school chose our very popular Q-13 Tall cubicle & IPS panel system together with our  room centred solid surface vanity units that split the Cubicles ranges into two equal banks. 

Solid Grade Laminate (SGL)

The WC cubicles we provided are manufactured in Solid Grade Laminate (SGL), these provide high surface resistance to scratches, abrasion & impact and all cubicle fixtures and fittings were supplied in satin stainless steel. The ironmongery provides long term strength impedes corrosion and product fatigue as well as satisfying DOE specification on providing access in case of emergency by way of lift off hinges and locks open able from the outside.

Our solid surface vanity units with mirror faced dividers have become increasingly popular due to the reduction in maintenance & cleaning and the far superior life span compared to High Pressure Laminate tops. Also the modern and attractive look encourages use, particularly relevant in the prevention of virus transmittal.

Finally, from a range of 44 finishes (all available with no cost or availability implication) the school were easily able to choose their preferred look comply with DDA requirements for visually impaired and also allowing individuality throughout the various school areas.

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