9-11 May 2023
ICC Sydney

Australia’s best public bathroom named for 2018

Merrylands RSL Club, Sydney sets the bathroom bar high! Clubs all around the country take note – Merrylands RSL’s new 5-star quality luxury bathrooms have just been named Australia’s Best Bathroom 2018. 

Now in its fourth year, the eagerly anticipated 2018 Best Bathroom Competition – brought to you by Initial – is run by Total Facilities, Australia’s largest facilities management exhibition.

“A tired and even unpleasant restroom environment can make or break a company’s reputation,” says Total Facilities’ Event Manager, Andrew Lawson. “Our awards were established to encourage awareness and pride among Australia’s facilities and workplace management professionals. And they set a great precedent.”

So what makes Merrylands RSL’s public bathrooms so special? It might just have to do with the level of finishes and attention to detail rarely seen in our nation’s clubs.

The seven luxurious, private female cubicles with individual basins, stylish accessories and inlay metallic bronze feature tiles were a standout for the judges who were particularly impressed with how the Merrylands RSL incorporated their community’s needs into the design process.

“The female cubicles in particular provide ample space where our customers can hang their coat and bag, put their phone down and comfortably use the area,” says Steve Brady, Facilities Manager Merrylands RSL. “The location and design of this space means it’s dry and feels clean when you enter.”

And to prevent the risks associated with slips and falls in high traffic bathrooms such as these, safety was a key requirement. Merrylands RSL’s timed flow taps and paper towel dispensers are located next to the basins to limit water spillage and also to improve hygiene. And custom-made mirrors combined with professional lighting design create a functional and stylish environment.

Both female and male facilities have had a revamp at Merrylands RSL Club

Energy and water saving features were also included in the bathroom facility with high end features built into the sinks, urinals and cubicles.

“We are delighted to be announced the 2018 winners,” says Steve. “A huge amount of time and effort went into this project in terms of presentation, functionality, safety and efficiency. We are proud to have delivered an award-winning world-class facility.”

From décor to design, aesthetics to environment

Each year the Best Bathroom Facility competition is open to public bathrooms in spaces such as commercial buildings, shopping centres, hotels or recreational grounds. But they must go above and beyond in the design or cleanliness stakes

“We evaluate bathrooms on design, innovation, aesthetics and products and services that improve wellbeing for everyone,” explains Total Facilities’ Andrew Lawson. “This competition profiles some of the most progressive organisations which are at the forefront of bathroom experiences.”

This year, second place was awarded to Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) for its remote area, waterless pod-designed toilet on beautiful Skullbone Plains Reserve in Tasmania. TLC’s loo with a view is good for the environment, uses no water, has minimal odour and is low maintenance.

Third place was awarded to 259 George Street for its ultimate commuter and cyclist arrival facilities far exceeding the luxury of any first class airline lounge. The facility boasts 25 personal change suites with warm timber and Japanese tiles.

And fourth place went to Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College for its simple yet elegant bathroom facilities offering the latest sanitary technologies and sustainable practices. Tinted with bold yet tasteful splashes of colour, the college’s amenities are a huge leap forward from a traditional student amenities block.

The winners were named onsite today at Total Facilities

The winner was revealed at Total Facilities, Australia’s largest facilities management exhibition today.

“We have been so impressed with the quality of competition entries this year. The level of innovation and adoption of new technologies has been outstanding and we are thrilled to be part of this national competition,” says Tania Dalton, Initial’s Marketing Business Manager.

Click here for more information on the competition and finalists.

Do you think you have Australia’s Best Bathroom in 2019? Entries are now open for the 2019 competition – find out more here.

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