After months of planning and hard work, we’re pleased to announce that The Washroom Workshop will be opening in Material Source Studio in November.

The Washroom Workshop will allow designers to experiment with different colours and finishes and create the perfect cubicle for each project. It also gives architects the opportunity to discuss different ideas with their clients using a ‘live mood board’ and helps tackle an important sustainability problem.

Our answer to a pressing sustainability problem

When designing a washroom, we know that many architects and designers like to see a mock-up of the cubicle system before it’s sent to the client or site team for approval.

We’re only too happy to make these mock-ups for clients. But once they’ve served their purpose and are of no further use, they generally end up going to landfill.

At Material Source Studio, we’ve tried to address this by creating a modular mock-up system where dozens of display products can be configured and reconfigured to create the perfect cubicle.

Instead of manufacturing mock-ups, we’re encouraging designers to come and visit The Washroom Workshop, where they can experiment with more than 5,000 different door, pilaster and lock combinations to find the right system.

Concept Cubicle Systems Director John Beaumont said: “Forward-thinking architects and designers are on the forefront of our collective push towards sustainability and that’s increasingly evident in the products and materials they’re choosing for projects. We want to do everything we can to help the A&D community reduce their carbon footprint while also cutting our own.

“Sustainability is essential to the ethos of Material Source Studio and we’re delighted to be a part of it.”

What is the Material Source Studio?

Material Source Studio is a city centre ‘design destination’ with a focus on amazing products and materials.

The 15,000sqft studio is set across two floors in the NOMA district of Manchester City Centre and will welcome visitors from across the north west and further afield. It will feature a range of exhibits and interactive displays from more than 30 leading brands.

The Studio will also have a monthly ‘maker in residence’, a CPD area, a 100-seat theatre space, meeting rooms, an architectural library, a podcast studio and much more.

Material Source started as a digital publication for the A&D community championing ‘inspirational and useful’ materials, products and projects.

For the Studio co-founders Darren Clanford and Michael Rogan, setting up a physical place where the A&D community could meet, share ideas and collaborate was the next logical step for Material Source.

The building itself has been designed for everyone. Concept Cubicle Systems have worked with the co-founders to install super loos that are accessible, stylish and inclusive. We’ll be sharing more details on this when the Studio opens its doors.

Concept’s Specification Manager Damon Grant said: “We’re delighted to partner with Material Source in their Manchester studio. For years the city has been crying out for a creative hub like this, where architects and designers can meet up, share ideas and help create the next generation of buildings in the region.

“I’m looking forward to getting on site and using The Washroom Workshop to help the A&D community configure cubicle systems for their projects.”

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