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Armitage Shanks launches new charity campaign to celebrate 200 year anniversary

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Armitage Shanks, along with its parent company Ideal Standard have launched a new charity aiming to raise £200,000 to celebrate its 200 year anniversary in 2017. The ‘Armitage Thanks’ campaign marks the run up to the company’s incredible 200 year anniversary and aims to support the local communities with a range of fundraising events and tasks.

40% of the money raised in the new initiative will be donated to Bowel and Cancer research, after being nominated by the firm’s staff members. The remainder of the money will go to local charities overseen by The Smile Foundation.

Armitage Shanks was founded in 1817 by Thomas Bond and has become one of the most successful sanitary pottery manufacturers in the world. In 1969 Armitage merged with competitor Shanks Holdings and created the iconic brand that we see today. Armitage Shanks is now owned by the Ideal Standard International group who is helping with the charity campaign.

Armitage Shanks employs over 300 people at its 4-acre manufacturing site and produces over 1.4 million pieces each year, including sanitary ware, bathroom fixtures and plumbing supplies.

Managing director of Ideal Standard UK Keith Boad told the press, “Since the early years of the 19th century, Armitage Shanks products have been used, seen and welcomed by everyone from paupers to pop stars, in everywhere from pubs and palaces to major sporting stadiums and motorway service stations,”

Adding, “The bicentenary is truly an historic milestone for us and we are very proud, so we are going to mark it by saying a big ‘Armitage Thanks’ for supporting us over the last 200 years.

Deborah Gilbert, from Bowel & Cancer Research talked about the new initiative saying, “More than 41,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year in the UK. Our aim is to help change that. The nature of bowel disease means that people don’t always talk about it and risk dying of embarrassment. The fact is, however, that bowel cancer claims lives and the support of an iconic company such as Ideal Standard, along with Armitage Shanks, is a fantastic boost. Not only will it help us to beat the disease, but its international profile will also help us to nail the ‘loo taboo’ and bring the reality of bowel cancer to the fore.”

Employees of Armitage Shanks and Ideal Standard are already setting up an array of charity event including a team to take up the National Three Peaks Challenge, quiz nights and coffee mornings.

Here are some of our favourite Armitage Shanks products:

Armitage Shanks Airside Wall Hung Basin

Armitage Shanks Airside Wall Hung Basin

Armitage Shanks Markwik Insulate Thermostatic Pillar Basin Mixer Tap

Armitage Shanks Markwik Insulate Thermostatic Pillar Basin Mixer Tap

Armitage Shanks Sandringham Classic Close Coupled WC

Armitage Shanks Sandringham Classic Close Coupled WC

Armitage Shanks Sensorflow Basin Mixer with Built-in Electronic Sensor

Armitage Shanks Sensorflow Basin Mixer with Built-in Electronic Sensor

Ideal Standard makes a splash with its new Tonic II range

Over 200 guests joined Ideal Standard as it unveiled its Tonic II range in London last week. Designed by the award winning German design studio Artefakt, the range consists of ceramics, baths, furniture and fittings.

The range was unveiled at London’s iconic OXO Tower, where the products were shown in crisp white rooms with understated chandelier lighting and against the backdrop of the Thames River. The set was reminiscent of a modern art installation with the Tonic II range dominating view with its bold and contemporary design.

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The reaction to the Tonic II range has been largely positive and has created a lot of excitement throughout the industry. The soft geometric design of the products was created to evoke calm and tranquillity. The new range offers a broad choice of sizes and furniture combinations, in a range of stylish colours to suit just about any bathroom.

The launch event also saw the introduction of Ideal Standard’s innovative new AquaBlade flush technology. The pioneering design means that the integrated channel creates a pressurised blade of water that flows from the top of the bowl rinsing the whole area clean.

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This new technology is set to revolutionise the toilet market, because unlike standard toilet flushing systems, the AquaBlade creates an even spread of water across the whole surface are.

Set to revolutionise the toilet market, unlike existing flushing systems where water does not cover the entire toilet bowl, AquaBlade technology gives optimum water flow from the top of the bowl on every flush, and covers every inch of the ceramic. Interior surfaces are also streamlined to give a quieter flush.

Anna Burns, from Ideal standard told the press, “We’re delighted – the response has been amazing and we thank everyone who came along on the day.

“A lot of investment and research has gone into the creation of Tonic II with AquaBlade, which aims to combine both beauty and functionality. Tonic II delivers on both fronts and we’re very proud of this collection, which I’m confident offers our customers a highly desirable, luxury range with huge commercial potential.”

For more information about the Tonic II range or the AquaBlade system please call on of our helpful sales representatives on 01765 964 720.

Shower heads that create the perfect bathroom focal point

If you care to trawl through our web pages which display shower heads you will see no less than 115 of them and they all do what they have been designed to do. However, we are showing just four of these which will definitely drench you with water when taking a shower, but they also will create a focal point for your bathroom.

The Grohe Euphoria Cube Headshower is undoubtedly a stylish shower head and is offered at a very affordable price. It has a generous wide shower head and you have the trademark Grohe Rain setting, which gives the user a comfortable and relaxing shower experience. The high chrome finish together with the brisk geometric lines is sure to be a focal point as well as being a very efficient shower head. The head has a specially formulated treatment to repel the build-up of dirt and lime scale

We can be sure that just like so many products form this innovative company, the Hansgrohe Raindance Rainfall 150 Shower Head will be the centre of conversation for friends when they first see it. Not only is it eye catching, but it is also offers a super experience when taking a shower. This truly ingenious design ensures a wide, powerful spray from its uniquely formed spout. If you are looking for a focal point for your bathroom, this fits the bill perfectly.

The Phoenix Shower Blade 2 with Waterfall is a quality product that fit into a minimalistic bathroom with ease. The range of products from Phoenix has got a stunning unique shape and can rightly claim to have clean stylish lines which we are certain that you will cherish and enjoy every moment you spend under its rejuvenating cascade. The compact blade will work at a low pressure of just one bar, easy to clean and is guaranteed against any manufacturing defects for five years.

Imperial Bathrooms are noted for their leading classically designed bathroom products and by choosing Imperial items for you bathroom you can be certain that you will own something unique; an example of true British craftsmanship. Nothing is mass produced and items can often take days to produce each hand crafted piece. The Imperial Bathrooms Aqueous 8 inch Fixed Shower Head has been skilfully designed to produce an impressive flow, it is hard wearing and very dependable. Available with a classic chrome finish or an attractive Antique Gold finish it is simple to install and easy to clean. It comes with a 5-year guarantee and is offered at our unbeatable price tag.

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83% of British parents admit hiding in bolthole rooms to get some peace and quiet

Our researchers have been busy continuing with our look into the habits of the British family, and have found that a staggering 83% of parents admit to escaping to bolthole rooms to get some peace and quiet, with the bathroom being the most popular hiding place. The study also found that the kitchen is the respondent’s favourite place to relax.

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Our researchers asked a total of 2,041 stay-at-home parents in the UK; all of whom rented or owned their own home and had at least one child living in the household. Participants were first asked if they had a ‘bolthole’ room where they could escape to for a few minutes of quiet time during the day. 83% of those polled admitted that they did and when asked which room they escaped to 79% stated that it was the bathroom.

Participants were then asked, “What’s your favourite room to relax in your house?” 34% chose the kitchen as their favourite place to relax in the home, with 27% saying the bedroom was their go to room and 24% stating that the bathroom was their quantum of solitude.

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57% of those who chose the kitchen as their favourite place to relax stated it was because the kitchen was the ideal room for entertaining. Similarly, 45% of those who chose the bedroom said that they did because it signals wind-down time for the day, and 68% of those who chose the bathroom said that it was the only room of the house where they could get total peace and quiet.

Our director, Peter Gregg commented on the study, saying:

“We’re a little shocked that so many parents have admitted to hiding in the bathroom for a moment just to get some peace and quiet, whether it’s from their children, their partners or even their neighbours. It’s hard being a parent and you are never off-duty, so I expect many of us can relate to that feeling when you can need a moment to yourself!”

Little items that will add the finishing touch to the bathroom

When we are planning a new bathroom, cloakroom or en-suite, there are sure to be some small items that we have forgotten. Most wash basins do have the moulding incorporated for keeping the soap, but perhaps a soap dish with a demountable dish which can be easily washed clean will be more convenient and will look good too, coming in at just  £22.82 it will not break the bank.

If you have a wetroom instead of the conventional shower enclosure, what could be more useful than the Impey Wet Room Foot Rest, one of these will make washing your feet easier and much safer, it is finished in chrome and is sure to compliment your wetroom. It is also perfect for ladies to shave their legs whilst taking a shower.

The Impey Wet Room Foot Rest

The Impey Wet Room Foot Rest

Electric razors are in common use today, but where do you keep it when not in use? The obvious place would be the bathroom or en-suite, so why not have it handy close to the electric razor point and the mirror? The Smedbo Sideline Adhesive Razor Holder DK2112 is designed for jut that and it is very easily fixed to the wall with the adhesive. The razor holder is manufactured from solid brass with a polished chrome finish and offered with a ten year guarantee. This item is also perfect for face towels also. Check out the other Smedbo Sideline bathroom accessories, they have an answer for organising and storage.

After taking a shower the bathroom is the perfect place to blow dry ones hair, but where is that hairdryer? Why not keep it handy close to the shower safely stored in the Never Drill Again Hoom Hair Dryer Holder. Never Drill Again, what does that mean you may wonder. Well it is a clever fixing system that is a revolutionary German system that completely eliminates drilling. No tools are needed as a patented and sturdy adhesive easily mounts the holder. No chance of damaging those expensive wall tiles and the hairdryer is right at hand when you need it.

You really cam make life easier by having a squeegee in the shower to quickly remove the water and splashes from shampoo or soap. Just wipe down the walls and glassware in the shower enclosure and you will save time and effort later, the shower will always look pristine too.  The Impey Wet Room Shower Squeegee is complete will fixing bracket making it handy for use when needed.

The Impey Wet Room Shower Squeegee

The Impey Wet Room Shower Squeegee

These are just a few of the items that can add the finishing touch to your bathroom, check through our accessories pages at the web pages for more ideas.

Some ways to revamp your bathroom

The bathroom is the room that can make a statement, it is always an area that is scrutinised by guests or house buyers so it is worth taking time to consider how it is best to revamp it without spending a fortune.

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Changing a tired bath is always a good idea, remember some of those trendy colours that were around in the seventies and eighties, if you still have one then reverting to good old fashioned white is best. Choose a footed rather than a built-in bath, as it creates extra floor space which, in turn, can make a small space seem larger.

With the basin there are some classy countertop versions now available and they have the added advantage of having drawers and cupboards giving valuable storage space. You can complete this by hanging a pretty mirror above the basin, with lighting around it.

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Essentially a bathroom needs to be practical, comfortable and stylish and it has to be clean at all times, so avoid carpet. Bathroom carpet was fine in the days of massive houses and huge rooms, where carpet was for warmth, use wood, tiles or marble to keep the room clean and tiles are also a great way to add colour, pattern or texture.

Lighting is a very important feature in a bathroom, subtle lighting from mirrors supplemented by down lighters is all that is needed, however it has to be adequate to be able to perform daily grooming. Modern bathroom cabinets with lighting a demister pads incorporated also have storage space for toiletries. You can fit a light in the bathroom that comes on automatically when you enter and turns off when you leave, so you don’t need to fumble around for the switch in the dark.

There may be not a lot that can be done if the first thing that you see when opening the bathroom door is the loo, re-positioning this is a major operation involving re-routing the soil pipe so it is best avoided. It can however be made less stark by a floor standing decoration and it is a good idea to have a basket of loo rolls perhaps on a shelf behind it.

Colours are of course personal, but it is best to stick to traditional styles if possible. The most typical colours for a bathroom are cream, white and black; the combination of black and white marble is a stunning arrangement. Marble tiles, glass and mirror are all good materials, and to give a bathroom a feeling of space a mirrored door is a sure way.

Crosswater Digital Elite Shower Controller

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Thanks to Crosswater we can bring 21st century digital technology to our bathrooms and as more of us are turning to using remote devices to control items within the home such as lighting and operating curtains, why not for the modern bathroom also?

We are pleased to be able to offer this Elite pack which uses the very latest technology allowing each member of the family to pre-programme their own preferred shower settings via a single control. What is more this can be done by an App allowing for full use from mobile devices anywhere in the house, perfect for getting the shower just right before you step into it.

This digital shower controller can also be used to run your bath water at the temperature that is perfect for you; it is also capable of diverting the water flow to the shower head or to a handset if needed. On the controller the dual controls operate the water flow and temperature, and visually clever integrated lighting allows you to see the temperature by blue, orange and red lighting. The control unit is offered in both white and black to suit a variety of colour and design schemes.

With the Crosswater Digital Elite Shower controller, together with the water control App, you can have total remote control over your shower from anywhere, at any time, you can have a warm, relaxing shower running for you when return home from a stressful day at work. What could be better?

Great bathroom storage solutions from UK Bathrooms

Storage can be tricky, especially in a confined area such as a bathroom, but thankfully here at UK Bathrooms we pride ourselves in providing our customers with the best bathroom storage solutions on the market. Here are some of our favourite storage units on our website right now.

HIB Cassino Ripple Basin and Unit

This sleek and classy basin and storage unit combine to provide a great space saving solution for any home. The HIB Cassino Ripple Basin and Unit is available as a wall mounted unit or freestanding unit in either black or white, perfect for finishing that modernistic look for your bathroom.

Ideally suited to a single lever mixer tap, this unit provides form and function in one compact piece. The HIB Cassino Ripple Basin and Unit is available now for just £274.

Essential Gem Cupboard Unit

The Essential Gem Cupboard Unit features a side opening cupboard and top drawer, perfect for storing your toiletries out of the way. Available in a white or calvados finish, the Essential Gem Cupboard Unit is moisture resistant and comes with a manufacturer 12 month guarantee.

At just £118.58, this bathroom cupboard is great value and provides some much needed storage in small bathrooms.

Aqua Cabinets Tall Storage Unit with Mirror Door

Available in a range of colours including white, reef and ocean, the Aqua Cabinets Tall Storage Unit with Mirror Door adds both character and functionality to the bathroom. Featuring a large storage area with four glass shelves and a mirror on the door front, this unit is a joy to use and its contemporary design means it’ll suit almost any bathroom perfectly.

At just £304.99, the Aqua Cabinets Tall Storage Unit with Mirror Door gives you a large storage area for the money; check out the full D300 range for matching bathroom fixtures such as back to wall WC units, basins and furniture worktops.

Old London Tall Boy Storage Unit

If you’re looking for something a bit more traditional then why not opt for the Old London Tall Boy Storage Unit. This handy little unit provides a great storage space with two drawers and a cabinet unit that adds character to any bathroom. Chrome handles and feet finish off the luxurious feel to the unit, which is available in four neutral tones to complement any colour scheme.

At just £638.79, the Old London Tall Boy Storage Unit provides a luxurious focal point to your bathroom.

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Spruce up your bathroom with designer accessories

Updating your bathroom can be an expensive project, but thankfully here at UK Bathrooms we stock a wide range of bathroom accessories perfect for sprucing up your bathroom and giving it a great new look. Here are some of our must have bathroom accessories:

Great lighting is key to creating a luxurious bathroom and the Imperial Toledo Single Wall Light & Glass Shade is perfect for that contemporary look. These glamourous lights are supplied with a chrome wall bracket and base, and features a curved opal glass shade ideal for adding ambiance to your bathroom. The Imperial Toledo Light also features concealed fixings for a professional look and comes with a 5 year guarantee.

Towel rails are a great accessory to have in your bathroom, keeping your towels within easy reach just when you need them. The Never Drill Again Klaam Two Armed Towel Holder gives you space for two towels and comes in a high gloss chrome finish. What’s more, this towel holder features ‘Never Drill Again’ technology which allows you to permanently fix it to your wall without screws or drilling, but if you do ever want to move it, the adhesive won’t damage the wall it’s attached too, great!

The humble toilet brush and holder is often neglected when updating a bathroom, but you can’t go wrong with the Inda Colorella Toilet Brush Holder. This sleek and modern accessory is wall mounted to keep it neatly out of the way and features concealed fixings for a clean look.

Last on our must have bathroom accessory list is the Smedbo Loft Toilet Roll Holder with Lid. This stunning looking toilet roll holder is easy to clean and comes with a 10 year guarantee for peace of mind. Concealed fixings again create a professional look and the lid keeps your toilet roll from getting wet or damaged.

For more bathroom inspiration and accessories visit our website.

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Contemporary bathroom design with Villeroy & Boch

With over 260 years of inventiveness and foresight Villeroy & Boch have produced a diversified range of products in both the Tableware and Bathroom and Wellness divisions. Villeroy and Boch are at the forefront of design and technology and a range of their products can be found at the web pages of premier bathroom supplier UK Bathrooms. The company over the years has developed an enviable range of high quality ceramic products including the renowned single source bathroom. We illustrate here our suggestions for designing a beautiful contemporary bathroom using these contemporary products.

Let us begin with the bathtub and we choose the Villeroy & Boch Oberon Oval Bath which is guaranteed to ensure a comfortable soak. Offered by us in five different sizes ranging from 1600mm by 750mm, up to1900mm by 900mm, the last of these has the option of being double ended. All of the baths are available with feet, adjustable from 145mm to 180mm. We can also offer this as a whirlpool, contact us and we will be delighted to give further information about this additional upgrade.

Villeroy & Boch Oberon Oval Bath

For the all-important WC we suggest that the Subway Wall Mounted Toilet Pan will fit the bill perfectly. By opting for a wall-mounted design approach you have not only space saving but a distinct illusion of the pan being suspended in mid-air! There are a number of options on offer with this WC, for example mounting frames of different sizes and fitted seats as required. Choose from a fitted standard seat, or a soft-close option for that final touch of quiet comfort.

Villeroy & Boch Subway Wall Mounted Toilet Pan

Continuing with the theme of wall hung units we recommend the O.Novo Curved Washbasin, this basin will provides a genuine touch of quality and displays a clean aesthetic in keeping with contemporary trends. Supplied in White Alpin as standard, this basin can be upgraded with the unique CeramicPlus treatment, scientifically demonstrated to repel staining to keep its gleam for longer.

Villeroy & Boch O.Novo Curved Washbasin

You would not want your bathroom to be without a mirror and the V&B More to See One Mirror fits design of the bathroom perfectly. Taking a bold, contemporary form, the More to See Mirror has a definite cosmopolitan look and feel, perfect for our contemporary bathroom. This mirror is frameless and adds a sense of depth and space to the bathroom. Complete with an LED lighting strip, this gives the right amount of lighting for personal grooming as well as adding a strong sense of ambience to the area.

Villeroy & Boch More to See One Mirror

Although we are designing our bathroom around contemporary looking products, we felt that a shower head which looks like the V&B Cult 220mm Shower Head will fit into any bathroom; it delivers a flow rate of 12 litres per minute, this in either in chrome as standard, or with a matt white finish as a special order, presents a crisp and professional finish.

Villeroy and Boch Cult Shower Head

No bathrooms whether contemporary or traditional is complete without storage space and we have chosen the Central Line Tall Cabinet. This modern unit is wall mounted and features 2 doors, 2 drawers and 3 shelves, with the body and doors available in white, black, walnut or Macassar decor colours.

Villeroy & Boch Central Line Tall Cabinet