Somerset manufacturing firm Offsite Solutions has agreed a fresh million-pound deal to supply ready-assembled bathroom units for a new four-star corporate hotel.
The Highbridge-based company will provide 238 bathroom pods for the hotel in Milton Keynes, after being awarded a £1.2m contract by the development’s main contractor Winvic.
The 14-floor hotel, which is due for completion in 2022, is being produced for independent British hoteliers Hotel La Tour. The building will feature conference facilities, as well as a top floor bar, restaurant and roof terrace.
It marks the latest project for Offsite Solutions in the centre of the Buckinghamshire town, after it was awarded a £1.6m contract to make more than 300 steel-framed bathroom units for a major housing development there.
The firm previously supplied the Llanerch Vineyard Hotel near Cardiff and towards the end of last year it also made 136 pods for the £11.8m Ibis Plaza Hotel at Woodlands Court Business Park in Bridgwater, Somerset.
The pods for its latest hotel project have now been installed into the 50m high building, with each steel-framed unit including a feature wall tiled from a colour palette of different shades of grey, according to the room type.
The shower rooms are also equipped with a round vessel-style countertop basin on a floating vanity shelf with an integrated towel rail.
Mark Stuart, managing director of Hotel La Tour, said being able to view the pods while they were being manufactured at Offsite Solutions’ factory on the Isleport Business Park in Highbridge gave the hotel the opportunity to review a finished shower room before production started.
He said: “We visited the Offsite Solutions factory a number of times as part of the collaborative design development process. Being able to experience the look and feel of the bathrooms at first hand was extremely valuable.
“It allowed us to check the finishes, detailing, quality and position of the fittings with our customers in mind – such as the precise height of mirrors, basins and shower controls.
“This will be a four-star plus business hotel, so we wanted a contemporary feel throughout. It is also really important the design detailing of the bathrooms reflects our typical customer, for example, with more spacious showers.”
Russell Sullivan, project manager at Winvic, said Offsite Solutions’ work had aided the construction of the hotel during the pandemic by allowing for fewer people to be on site.
Mr Sullivan said: “Using a manufacturing approach for the fitting out of the bathrooms allows us to achieve a higher and more consistent standard of quality which can be difficult to realise with multiple trades and operatives working on site.
“During the Covid19 pandemic, it was even more important to reduce the number of people needed on site, particularly when working in such confined spaces as bathrooms.”
Offsite Solutions is part of a family-owned group of companies which includes specialist furniture manufacturer Deanestor.
In June, the company announced it had won a contract to supply nearly 1,000 bathroom pods for one of the UK’s largest build-to-rent development schemes, the £670m Cherry Park project in London, located next to the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre.
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