GEC ANDERSON PUTS STAINLESS STEEL ON SHOW IN NEW OFFICE
Quality stainless steel is emerging from the kitchen to become a sought-after design element in boardrooms and offices – in addition to its growing popularity as a practical and hard-wearing solution for a wide range of applications. Martin Tye, Managing Director of leading stainless steel products manufacturer GEC Anderson, says there is increasing demand for made-to-measure worktops and other stainless steel products for corporate sites where appearance is as important as functionality.
“In the past year there has been a clear upturn in demand for stainless steel in new and refurbished office developments,” says Martin Tye. “This is because stainless steel has proved its durability in demanding environments over many years – but at the same time it will also maintain its attractive appearance. As a result, it is an extremely cost-effective long-term solution.”
For its own newly built headquarters near Tring in Hertfordshire, GEC Anderson specified stainless steel in both conventional and eye-catching, unusual applications. The two-storey building features a stainless steel-clad staircase rising from the entrance foyer to the office space on the upper floor. One wall of the office has a 15 metre run of stainless steel wall cabinets with sliding doors. The cabinets, from GEC Anderson’s new Decimetric™ range, are wall hung at low level, and contrast spectacularly against the white walls and oak floor.
The office kitchen/staffroom shows off a traditional GEC Anderson made-to-measure sinktop – in this case 3,380 x 620mm, with anti-drip edges, integral upstand, a 380mm diameter x 160mm deep circular bowl, waste chute and new “BOSS” draining area. The BOSS finish demonstrates the possibilities of applying patterns to stainless steel. This is achieved by tooling the underside to create raised circular dimples 15mm in diameter and 2mm high on the upper surface.
Both washrooms feature stainless steel cantilevered WC pans. The ground floor facility includes a wall mounted stainless steel hand washing trough while the first floor washroom has a wall-hung basin, also in stainless steel.
GEC Anderson’s modular DecimetricTM System is a flexible and comprehensive selection of sinks, surfaces, support frames, cabinets and shelving created to service the requirements of professional kitchens – but its components are equally suitable for many other applications. All sizes (500 – 3,000mm) are derived from 100mm sizing increments (100mm = 1 decimetre). This modularity makes for economy, ease of specification and rapid availability.
Incorporating the hard-wearing satin stainless steel finish favoured by GEC Anderson, products, DecimetricTM products retain their looks while providing low maintenance and hygienic work surfaces to suit even the most demanding of professional environments.
Founded in England in 1962, GEC Anderson has pioneered the development of made-to-measure stainless steel products. Today, the company’s range includes sinks, worktops, cabinets, shelving and sanitaryware for use in domestic, commercial and specialist environments, such as hospitals and laboratories. All products are manufactured to
ISO 9001 and backed by a comprehensive support service from planning and product specification to installation and maintenance.