The Project

Founded in 1843, Marlborough College is the largest co-educational independent full boarding school in the UK with over 1000 pupils, in 16 boarding houses, aged 13 to 18. The College is academically ambitious, committed to extending access, and offers a fast-paced, contemporary, challenging and enriching education within a warm, inclusive and spiritual environment.

The College has a rich architectural tradition. Sir Edward Blore, the architect of Buckingham Palace, designed three of the College’s oldest buildings. More recently, Allies and Morrison was selected to design a new Innovation Centre and a boarding house for female pupils. Allies and Morrison has also been tasked with refurbishing the College’s Grade II listed Science Building.

The Solution

The facilities management team at Marlborough College identified two washrooms in desperate need of modernisation.

Senior managers at the College had a clear vision of how they wanted the washrooms to look. Above all, the materials and colours used in the refurbishment needed to match the overall character of the rest of the building. After reviewing many different products and colour samples, the College chose Concept for supply and installation. 

For the project, we used Reflect cubicles with brushed stainless steel laminated pilasters and solid stainless steel locks and hinges. These products can be customised with a huge range of different colours and are both durable and easy to clean.

The College selected a muted colour scheme throughout the washroom, including a natural wood effect (Polyrey N056) for the cubicles and panelling and a muted beige (Polyrey B116) in other areas. Manufactured from hard-wearing Corian, the under counter basins complete the seamless washroom look.

We found Concept very easy to deal with and flexible when, through circumstances beyond our control, the project had the be put on hold for a year.

When the project was resurrected, they helped us finalise the specification of the cubicles and shadow boards and sent a member of the team to complete a final measure before anything was manufactured. This reassured us that everything was being manufactured to suit our less than ideal room.

The installation guys were excellent and completed the job ahead of time, which ultimately helped us get on with second fixing the plumbing and electrical installations.”

James Thomson, Maintenance Manager at Marlborough College

Colours Used (Specified by Client)

Polyrey N056 Noisetier Naturel Polyrey B116 Beige Nature Corian Solid Surface Glacier White