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Care home developer Castleoak installs Girbau laundries
New care homes in Welling, Plumstead, and Wadhurst are among the many projects Girbau UK has worked on in partnership with specialist developer Castleoak, to equip the laundries to meet the operators' long-term requirements.
At the design stage Castleoak shares information with Girbau UK about the size of the home, number of beds and the location and size of the laundry. Girbau takes this data and comes back with a detailed laundry design that includes recommendations on layout to include the required clean and dirty areas, full mechanical drawings and the ideal machine choices for hygienic and efficient operation.
For 60 bed homes, typical of the project size Castleoak develops, this is likely to include two Girbau HS High Spin commercial washers and two of Girbau's latest energy efficient gas dryers. Castleoak agrees the initial specification with Girbau, but this can be subject to revision in consultation with the home's operator, who may want to make changes before the final design is signed off. At this point Girbau UK is also able to offer a choice of packages to suit the customer's needs, which can include long-term maintenance agreements over and above the initial warranty.
Girbau UK's factory-trained installation engineers install all the laundry equipment to Castleoak's schedule. Where ductwork needs to be installed prior to fit-out this may require two separate phases. When the home is handed over to the operators, the Girbau team returns to give laundry staff full training on the easy-to-use washers and dryers.
"Girbau UK is a reliable partner for laundry equipment," says Jonathan Bolton, Design and Build Manager at Castleoak. "Its people are proactive, responsive and professional. We know we can rely on them and they won't let us down. "Their detailed knowledge of laundry design and operation is an added value-package that we pass on in the completed project."
Castleoak has built over 150 care homes and 3,000 apartments for many of the UK's leading not-for-profit and commercial care operators. It prides itself on being at the forefront of sustainable development within the care sector.
Girbau UK is part of the Girbau Group, a world-leading manufacturer of commercial and industrial laundry equipment for washing, finishing and handling textiles. With more than 50 years' experience and a commitment to customer service, Girbau meets the requirements of a wide variety of industries including hotels and guest houses, residential and nursing homes, hospitals, charities, leisure organisations, colleges, schools, sheltered housing, the emergency services, hairdressers, veterinary surgeries, kennels and catteries. Girbau UK offers a free laundry design service and its service department caters for all makes and models of commercial laundry equipment.
30th January 2014