Some Aspects to Consider when Planning a Refurbishment of a Changing Locker Room
If you already have wooden lockers:
Would a face lift by using new replacement locker doors be sufficient?
Are the locks and hinges in good working order?
Is the seating in sound condition, or would replacement seats brighten up the room?
If the answers to the above are no or you would like to install wooden lockers a full refurbishment will be needed and a great opportunity arises to create the perect facilty.
When a decision has been made to refurbish a changing room it is worth considering many aspects otherwise an opportunity to improve the operational efficiency and ambiance could be wasted. Without a little thought it is easy to replicate the shortcomings that may be present in the current format. Below are some points to consider or contact us for initial free advice.
Could the existing locker foot print be improved to reduce bottlenecks and improve traffic flow? If no improvements can be made, go ahead and replace the lockers like for like with new ones.
If the answer is yes, consider the following points otherwise you may have lost an opportunity to transform your facilities and remove those unsatisfactory aspects that you and your clients have lived with in the past.
Is the existing floor in good condition or will it need retiling?
Are the locker plinths part of the floor ie made of concrete and tiled?
Will the floor be replaced?
If not, any existing solid plinths will prevent improving the layout.
If one of the objectives was to improve the floor plan this additional work will need to be carried out.
Changing Room Requirements
Are the lockers the right size and configuration?
Do I have too many or two few?
Do I want seats in front of the lockers or freestanding seats?
Do I need changing cubicle?
Do I conform with the DDA?
Do I need mirrors, vanity units within the changing area?
Do I need towel shelves and dirty towel drops?
Do I need a television?
Do I need a product display cabinet?
Locker and Furnishings
Make a wish list of the changing room requirements listed above, like most things in life you may have to compromise, in which case select the most important to your facilities.
To create traffic flows, imagine where people will enter and where will they go when they are in the changing room. If the room is poolside or near is there a wet and dry entrance?
Are the ceilings in good condition and only need decorating or would a new suspended ceiling throughout cover up all those cracks and peeling paint. Suspended ceilings can be inexpensive and designed to house lighting and heating units within the grids.
Is the lighting, low energy, low maintenance and adequate. If I change my locker layout foot print will the lighting be in the aisles and not over the lockers. If a suspended ceiling is fitted, the lighting units can be positioned easily in the right places.
Is the ventilation satisfactory or is the atmosphere unpleasant? If so consider installing an energy efficient air conditioning / heating unit within the grid of a new suspended ceiling.
The best starting place to position lockers is against the walls.
If there are any windows, are they high level, do they open, what function do they serve? Are they a security risk? Could the windows be covered up by lockers and the lighting and ventilation is handled as above.
Under floor heating will keep the floors dry in the wet areas. A combination of under floor heating and modern air handling systems is the ideal solution. However if there is old large bore pipe work which cannot be economically removed can the lockers and seating be adapted to deal with this.
Even if the existing locker locking system meets with your current requirements look at the alternatives that are available. Locks are not easy to retrofit if you change your mind and money will be wasted.
Will your existing washroom measure up to your new locker room? Consider updating your shower and WC cubicles together with new hand basins in vanity units, plan and budget for these all at the same time.
Changing Room Refurbishment Summary
A refurbishment is not only an opportunity to freshen up the facilities it is an opportunity to create changing rooms that will remove existing problems and provide an environment that your members will enjoy for years and will protect the Capital expenditure.
Replicating what is there will only replicate any existing problems and an opportunity will be lost. Don’t forget – the changing room is the first place your members will see after the reception area and the last place before the reception area when leaving. Make sure they are equal to and compliment the rest of the facilities.