Delivering Kohler EMEA washroom refresh during Covid-19

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The global organisation, Kohler EMEA took the initial steps in the redesign and refresh to their washroom space across 2 floors in the early part of 2020. With the design team at Cobus, having brought concepts and schemes together we were waiting for the go ahead. As Covid-19 brought the first lockdown to the UK, Kohler gave us the green light stating that they wanted to take advantage of not having staff onsite to complete the washroom refreshes. Our team had to put their heads together (virtually) to ensure they were prepared, had flawless planning and great communication so they could execute the project on time and in budget.


The specification of the project
  • Installation of Altro Walkway Flooring
  • Installation of IPS System
  • New Sanitaryware using Kohler EMEA products
  • Feature design elements to each floor

Both floors were to have a different colour theme, following the current colour trends we are seeing at the moment. The first floor washrooms followed the earthy sage green theme. The second floor stayed within the spectrum exploring contrasting blues. Both palettes complimented the IPS wood perfectly.


Planning project execution

We worked closely with the customer and our contractors to develop a programme that they were both comfortable with. This allowed for sufficient social distancing whilst also reducing the numbers within the work force and extended the programme to ensure there was only one trade on site at a time.

With the team and client only onsite when absolutely essential, technology was imperative to keeping the client informed as the project progressed. Internally, the projects team used Asana, uploading images and task status to ensure the site manager had the latest information.

“Running a project during Covid, was met with anticipation initially both by the customer and ourselves. However with sufficient planning, we were able to put together a plan which both the customer and contractors, who were to work onsite, felt comfortable with.” stated Gemma Gold, the project manager.


Ensuring site safety

All contractors wore facemasks throughout the duration of the project whilst in communal areas of the building, despite the building being free from staff. Temperature checks were completed every morning before work started. Access was restricted to the corridors and working areas only. Bottled water was provided and a Portaloo hired for contractor facilities. Hand sanitiser was available upon the entrance of the building and at each working area.


Despite the obvious challenges the project ran smoothly, with only one slight supply chain delay impacting the second floor refresh. This was the IPS system, which we overcame by working with the contractors, revising the programme so that it was still completed on time.

Completing a project during Covid-19 forced us to adapt faster than ever, utilising our most valuable resource to their fullest potential – our people. Since the completion of both the first and second floor washrooms, we have successfully secured the third floor project which will be commencing in the first quarter of 2021.


If your planning a refresh of your washrooms and would like some professional advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team