Ten years ago, if you’d mentioned ‘end of trip’ facilities, few people would have known what you were talking about. Having it explained to you, you would have assumed it’s a luxury item that couldn’t possibly apply to your business.
Fast forward to today, and it’s rapidly becoming clear that end of trip facilities are becoming essential for businesses that wish to attract and keep the best people. Providing bicycle parking areas, showers, vanities, toilets, lockers and other end of trip necessities allows staff to ride, run or cycle to work, or to exercise at lunch and during breaks, knowing they can return to work fresh and ready for effort.
Cycling to work in particular delivers a range of health benefits, reduces sick days and increases productivity, and providing amenities that facilitate active commuting improves employees’ views of the employer.[i]
End of trip facilities that make active commuting easy are an excellent indicator of an organisation’s willingness to ‘put its money where its mouth is’ in committing to staff wellbeing and health, environmental care and energy use reduction.
A growth area in the Perth CBD
The proliferation of end of trip facilities Perth has experienced in recent years underscores the impact it can have on employee satisfaction and retention, productivity, health wellbeing, and environmental protection.
The inclusion of end of trip facilities in new development plans is now common, and designers undertaking existing building refurbishments are increasingly devoting space and budget to such facilities.
The Quadrant – a healthy example
A recent multimillion dollar upgrade of iconic Perth City building The Quadrant is a showcase for the benefits an investment in end of trip facilities can have for the building’s owners, tenants and work force. The luxury washroom and locker room fittings and appointments, including Laminex compact laminate toilet partitions and shower cubicles, and compact laminate lockers, were designed, manufactured and installed by Cubispec, which also provided and installed the vanities, change room bench seats and plumbing hardware.
Roly Egerton-Warburton, of Sheffield Property, which marketed the refurbished office space, said that end of trip facilities are integral in the successful leasing of Perth CBD commercial assets, and the quality of end of trip facilities often influences tenant decisions. He said, “The End of Trip Facilities at the Quadrant are amongst the very best in the market and are a key attribute to this A Grade Asset.”
In creating attractive, durable and functional end of trip facilities, particularly the wet areas and locker rooms, designers need to consider the number of users and volume at peak times. This will help determine the number and configuration of lockers and change room benches, vanities, toilet cubicles and shower cubicles. Materials choices include timber lockers and laminate lockers, Laminex or compact laminate toilet partitions, and timber benches with or without hanging rails.
Ideally, the designer should work with a commercial washroom and end of trip specialist such as Perth’s Cubispec, which offers a complete design service, onsite manufacturing and professional installation service.