The Commercial washrooms market has been growing steadily between 2016-2019, it was however not immune to the affects of the many lockdowns due to the Covid-19 pandemic and experienced a sharp decline in 2020. Even with the new extensions to restrictions, this should not affect the commercial washrooms market as with previous restrictions and the market is expected to return to growth in 2021 and be worth £408m by 2025.
Product developments in the commercial washrooms market have increasingly focused on quality and design with a trend towards higher value products with added functionality and improved performance. The commercial washroom sector is diverse incorporating an extensive range of products, ranging from stylish systems in commercial offices and hotels to more utilitarian and vandal resistant washrooms for use in prisons and schools. It is the washroom panel systems that represent the largest product sector of the market showing a gradual shift towards higher specification materials and finishes, in bespoke designs.
Abdul Tantouch, Research Manager at AMA Research and editor of the Commercial Washrooms Market Report states:
“In recent years, the commercial washrooms market has benefitted from more stringent health, safety and energy efficiency legislation and increasing environmental concerns. This has stimulated product innovation and development.
Since Covid-19 the need to accommodate the requirement for social distancing and stricter hygiene measures will be increasingly important. Solutions will include full height cubicles with floor-to-ceiling partitions, non-binary self-contained ‘superloos’, non-touch sensor taps, wall-hung sanitaryware, anti-bacterial coatings and surfaces etc.
The use of smart technology and the digital control of washroom systems will also become more prevalent A smart washroom can deliver an improved quality of experience for users, also achieve building management efficiencies. “
It is within the commercial brassware sector, the need for hygienic handwashing is now a key requirement, with a greater demand for non-touch taps. Safe thermostatic control is also an important attribute, to prevent scalding. Durability and ease of maintenance has also become an important consideration in the design of commercial washroom products, given the potential to extend the refurbishment cycle. The use of smart technology and the digital control of washroom systems has become more prevalent to deliver an improved quality of experience for users and achieve building management efficiencies.
Commercial showers & mixers continue to benefit from the safety and water efficiency requirements stipulated by the Building Regulations. Inclusive level access showering areas are in greater demand.
The prospects for the UK commercial washrooms market in 2021 are positive, with a strengthening pipeline of non-residential new work and RMI activity going forward. The market is expected to achieve annual growth rates of 3-4% in value terms between 2022 and 2025, with a more settled economic outlook and the increasing demand for more premium, smart, and bespoke solutions.
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