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Hadrian Stars at The Putney Arts Theatre

Hadrian toilet cubicles starred in the refurbishment of both the ladies and gents washrooms at the Putney Arts Theatre. The theatre is run by a charitable incorporated organisation and the new washrooms had to be good value for money as well as bringing the right dramatic style to the venue. Online research brought them to the Hadrian Cubicles UK website, attracted by the complete choice of a powder coated finish in over 200 RAL colours. The steel construction of the cubicles was also ideal for the typical theatre usage where long, relatively quiet parts of the day are followed by intense activity during performances with very high demand at the start, end and during the intervals.

UK distributor Relcross Ltd supplied the three cubicles for the ladies washroom and one for the gents. The design committee chose RAL 4007 purple/violet for the main colour scheme and the finished cubicles exactly matched the paint finish in other aspects of the washroom decor. The overall effect is very attractive and is an important addition to the theatre’s operating style and image. The floor mounted, headrail braced system was easily fitted by the Debonair Design and Fitting Company and the Hadrian claims of long term durability have been fully justified. Two years on they are looking as good as new.

Packed with design features, the Hadrian Elite range includes an ingenious honeycomb core, laminated under pressure to a sheet-steel envelope. This envelope is coated with a dry powder coating which is cured at high temperature to provide a smooth, continuous finish that is attractive, durable and easy to clean and maintain. All corners of the cubicles are mitred, welded and ground for superior strength.

Privacy is ensured by the use of continuous stop and hinge sight line fillers together with a minimal 150mm gap from the floor to the underside of the door and panels. The visual appeal of the design is enhanced with chrome hardware fittings such as the lock indicator and hinges.

Due to their steel construction, Elite toilet partitions are fire-resistant and will not give off toxic smoke if exposed to heat or flame.  The manufacturing process and innovative features of the Elite cubicles combine to make a product that will not warp, flake, chip or delaminate. On top of all that they also have excellent green credentials. Hadrian’s products feature a high recycled content with the powder coated cubicles featuring 36% post consumer material and 14% pre-consumer material. For stainless steel those figures rise to 76% and 15% respectively.

Putney Arts Theatre traces its roots back to an after school theatre group formed in Battersea in 1959. In 1968 they moved into the old Union Church in Putney. This had been built in 1860 by Sir Samuel Morton Peto, whose other building works included the Reform Club and Nelson’s Column. Supported by patrons including Sir John Mills, the building soon became a thriving theatre, expanding the range of its own productions and hosting visiting companies.  In 1998 a Lottery award via the Arts Council enabled them to purchase the freehold and refurbish much of the building that now has an amazing ambience and stage facilities that would be the envy of most fringe venues.

Putney Arts Theatre General Manager Marie Thackwell said “I’m very happy we made the right choice by selecting Hadrian cubicles for our washrooms. While it was initially the colour options that attracted us, they have proved to be very hard wearing and still look as good as new. Relcross have also been very supportive.”

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