Emmanuel College is one of the larger schools constituting the University of Cambridge and educates around 500 undergraduate students at any one time.
Upon arrival, all first year students are traditionally provided with college accommodation in either the North or South Court. However in 2013, the completion of a newly built accommodation block which became ‘New South Court’, neighbouring now ‘Old South Court’ was completed to support the college’s expansion.
It is in this brand new accommodation that Taplanes® pods were installed to provide students with modern and private en suite facilities.
Taplanes® was chosen for this project after having already worked with both the architect and university who therefore appreciated the build quality of Taplanes products and minimal maintenance costs.
After consultation with the client, Dan Wilkinson our engineer and representative in the Cambridge area specified the Lismore en suite pod, unique in its use of an internal bi-fold door to separate the shower from the ‘dry area’ containing the toilet and wash-hand basin.
This arrangement allowed the floor height in the dry area to be reduced and a level-entry achieved from the main room with the resultant effect of feeling like a normal bathroom. Both the client and Dan found that this improved the end user experience and was doubly important as the accommodation is to be used outside the academic calendar to support private events and conferences.
Through R.G. Carter Construction of Comberton, Taplanes® supplied 29 champagne coloured units with chrome fitments, Aqualisa mixer consoles, and tamper-proof shower heads. chosen for their performance and durability as synonymous to the polypropylene pod shells themselves.
The project was successfully completed and displays the versatility of the Taplanes® process of concept and design through to final installation; We work closely with the client and bespoke design the unit to their individual demands.
We are proud of both our association with Emmanuel College, hoping to work with them again in the future and the Lismore pod that offers excellent long-term value and the perfect solution to future customers.