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Commuter’s Shower Block with Bike Store at Manchester City Centre Office Building

This innovative and forward-thinking project by Four Architects specified Dekton® by Cosentino

This innovative and forward-thinking project by Four Architects has created a relaxing and welcoming space at a Manchester office building for commuters to shower and change after cycling into work.  Dekton® by Cosentino in 4mm Kreta was specified for the walls and 8mm Lunar for the flooring, both from the Industrial collection, along with 11 Exelis shower trays in Nolita and three Silence basins in Miami Vena.  Dekton® is a carbon neutral product for its entire life cycle, making it a truly sustainable choice perfect for climate conscious contractors.  It’s also highly durable as it’s resistant to UV rays, scratches, stains and thermal shock and it can also be used for wall cladding and flooring both inside and out for a fully co-ordinated look.

“When it came to designing the shower block and bike store, we knew we had to use durable, hardwearing materials,” explains Matt Atkinson, Director at Four Architects. “At the same time, the space needed to be easy to clean, hygienic and low maintenance as well as offering commuters and workers somewhere comfortable, warm and welcoming for them to shower and change after cycling into work then get changed again to cycle home.  We really wanted bespoke basin and shower sizes and it was Cosentino’s cut to size facility that enabled us to achieve this.  We really liked the fact the Dekton® is Carbon Neutral and the Kreta and Lunar designs from the Industrial Collection gave us that industrial look that we knew we wanted and was well within budget too.”

The whole project took around 12 weeks in total and this included tiling, laying the Dekton® surfaces, installing showers, basins and the bike store.  The result is a really forward-thinking space that commuters can use to help get their working day off to a great start.  The eco-credentials of the Dekton® also help to give this Manchester city centre office building a sustainable building solution.

About Dekton® by Cosentino
Dekton® by Cosentino is a revolutionary and innovative ultracompact surface for the world of architecture and design. It is a sophisticated mixture of the raw materials used to make glass, next-generation porcelain surfaces and quartz surfaces. It is made with exclusive Sinterized Particle Technology (TSP), which is an innovative ultra-compaction process.

It boasts superior technical properties, such as resistance to UV rays, scratches, stains and thermal shock, and very low water absorption. Dekton® is able to recreate any type of material with a high level of quality. It is manufactured in large-format slabs (up to 320 cm x 144 cm) in five different thicknesses (0.4cm, 0.8 cm, 1.2 cm, 2 cm and 3 cm). Dekton® is the perfect surface for a wide range of applications, both indoors and outdoors (façades, paving, cladding, worktops, sinks, etc.).

As part of our commitment to sustainability and a circular economic model, various Dekton® colours are made with recycled materials from the product’s own manufacturing process. In 2016, Cosentino obtained an Environmental Product Declaration for Dekton®.

Dekton® has been chosen to feature in diverse architectonic and design projects throughout the world, such as the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar in Manacor, the residential building Valdebebas 127 in Madrid, the 4* and 5* Hipotels hotels in Palma de Mallorca, the Gunni&Trentino showroom in Madrid, TOPA Sukalderia in San Sebastian, Archway Tower in London, Le Meridian hotel in Yilan (Taiwan), the Cap Ferrat building in Rio de Janeiro and the restaurant, The French Laundry of chef Thomas Keller in California.

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