Friday, 15 July 2016

We are Wetrooms - Sheffield, Hillsborough Stadium – Wednesday 13th July 2016


Following the new for 2016 training format, Impey were delighted to welcome 20 attendees to Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, including specifiers, showroom owners and predominantly installers for the latest date in the #wearewetrooms training tour led by Impey’s ‘Technical Manager’ Shaun Hunt.

Experience levels within the group varied between those who have fitted Impey products before, and those who have never previously fitted a wetroom, looking to increase their confidence in the concept of a wetroom, or simply wishing to find out more about the range of solutions on offer from Impey and why we’re considered the installers choice. As well as most attendees identifying themselves as plumbers or bathroom specialists, we are seeing a noticeable increase in the number of tilers attending, with another 2 or 3 at Sheffield looking to add wetroom systems to their repertoire.

In what appears to be a running theme, our waterproofing membrane ‘WaterGuard’ dominated discussions during tea breaks, with attendees immediately seeing the benefits of the leak free solution, including the fact that no drying time is required and the peace of mind of the lifetime guarantee. Particularly impressed by WaterGuard, was Robert Adamson who runs R&K Installations alongside the showroom at Mobile Country Bathrooms, www.mobilecountrybathrooms.co.uk

During the practical demonstrations after lunch (supplied by the brilliant catering team at Sheffield Wednesday FC), the growing consensus that our products can save days in installation time came to fruition. One attendee claimed a previous wetroom effort with a competitor product took up to two weeks including tiling. Many have still not before seen the 360° rotating waste of the ‘Aqua-Dec EasyFit’ avoiding obstacles such as joists or pipework, saving both time and money when potentially calling out gas or electrical engineers.
Impey are looking forward to the next date of the tour, where we will welcome attendees in Scotland to Celtic Park in Glasgow on the 14th of September to be educated in the world of wetrooms.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Impey Showers in Attendance to support FoundationsUK HIA Awards 2016

Today Wed, 13th, we are the House of Lords for the third year running with the fantastic team from FoundationsUK at the HIA Awards 2016. Impey know how important the work of England’s 200 Home Improvement Agencies is; working with disabled and vulnerable elderly people on low incomes, to enable them to live independently in their own homes.

Today is about celebrating the work of the HIAs, the innovative services and inspirational teams who work tirelessly to provide specialised provision and home adaptations for those who need it.

Richard Knox from Impey ShowersTea is served in the house of Lords
Impey at the House of Lords
If you would like to find out more about the HIA Awards you can go to: http://foundations.uk.com/about-us/sector-showcase/hia-awards/

Also, don’t forget to visit our main website to see how our product range could benefit your bathroom adaptations by offering a more modern looking, less stereotypically 'disabled' adapted bathroom.

Good luck to all the those who have entered, we’re looking forward to meeting you later and congratulating the worthy winners!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Impey provides the right solution for occupational therapist Rachel Booth




Rachel Booth, clinical lead OT in mental health and outgoing chair of the British association of occupational therapy Northern and Yorkshire region, recently had an Impey wetroom installed within her home to better suit her needs.

Having come across the Impey brand during the College of Occupational Therapists Conference in Glasgow several years ago, Rachel is very much aware of Impey’s versatile range of showering solutions for people with mobility difficulties.

Rachel has right hemiplegia, a condition that affects one side of her body in particularly her balance, muscle tone and strength which means she has struggled getting in and out of the shower for some time.

Sadly, after breaking her right leg at Christmas it really affected Rachel’s mobility and as recovery was slow, she felt it was time to change her bathroom to better suit her needs. Keen to have a modern functional design without looking clinical, it was important that the space was aesthetically pleasing so that it was an environment she’d want to spend time in.

As stepping into a shower unit was one of the main problems, Rachel looked into the option of a wetroom which would help take away the barriers she was currently experiencing. With guidance from a local plumber, he recommended Impey’s Level-Dec EasyFit wetroom floor former which can be easily fitted on to wood and concrete floors, on any storey.  

The Level-Dec EasyFit.
The Level-Dec has revolutionised wetroom installations as its high glass content SMC means that it is able to withstand up to 300kg without the need for under boarding, reducing both installation time and cost. The EasyFit shower plate is also a unique feature and can rotate 360 degrees to avoid all under floor wetroom obstructions ideal for ease of installation. The bespoke rotating drain features three locating rings, to provide superior hold between the Dec and the rotating drain plate.

Ipey Supreme safety glass wetroom screen
 

Following the quick installation, the necessary waterproofing was fitted which enabled the rest of the bathroom to be completed.

Rachel also opted for an Impey Supreme Glass Shower Screen which provides a luxurious appearance, whilst also offering practical support and ease of entry. The 8mm safety glass panels are two metres high, available in five widths and three glass finishes. They are supported by a polished aluminium column, which can be ceiling fixed, or wall braced. The column is secured to the floor with an innovative new fitting that requires no screws and can also be easily removed.

 
Pleased with how her new wetroom has turned out, Rachel is already telling friends and family the benefits of her new bathroom, with many saying they would consider this particular style if they come to update their space as it doesn’t just meet the needs of people with a disability, it is easier to keep clean and maintain.

For more information on Impey and how the products could benefit you, call the team on 01460 256080, tweet a question @impeyshowers or meet the team at The OT show later this year . 


Thursday, 3 September 2015

College of Occupational Therapists Conference 2015 infographic

We exhibited at the BAOCOT Brighton Conference again this year and spoke to 50 of the UK's leading Occupational Therapists and collated their responses in relation to identifying shower tray slip resistance properties. We also discussed the improving benefits of modern shower seats. The evidence was compelling..


Our Infographic conveys the findings. Please feel free to share.
If you require a full copy of the infographic please email marketing@impeyshowers.com or tweet us @impeyshowers.





Impey Showers infographic on DIN graded shower tray slip resistance

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Disabled Strongman Competition Comes to UK


This August, disabled strongmen from across the UK will be competing in the ‘Disabled Strongman 2015’ competition.
The competition, set up by the UK’s ‘World’s Strongest Disabled Man’ competitor, Gary Clarke, will see competitors lifting, pulling and proving their strength against other opponents. 


The event, to be held on the 29th August at the Northwood Stadium in Stoke on Trent, will consist of six events including truck pulling, weight lifting and endurance disciplines. It is the first competition of its kind to be established in the UK.
After noticing a distinct lack of disabled strongman presence in the UK, Gary 37, from Somerset, began working on building his own event.
“I’ve competed in disabled strongman competitions around the world for a number of years and was always disappointed that, even after the Paralympics, there was nothing like this at home. Last year Magnus Ver Magnusson, four time World Strongest Man winner, said I should bring the event to the UK, and here we are.
“It has been a lot of hard work, but it will hopefully be worth it when we raise the profile of disabled strongman competitions in the UK.”    


The free to attend event, sponsored by Impey Showers – who are the leading provider of accessible bathrooms, is open to the public and will be compered by Les Wilson, renowned strongman MC and judged by Magnus Ver Magnusson.  Register for your free ticket today 
Neil Whitehead, Brand Manager at Impey Showers, said:
“We have sponsored Gary’s strongman efforts around the world for a number of years, and knew that we wanted to be involved in bringing this great event to the UK. We want to help Gary raise the profile of disabled strongman in Britain and this is a great first step in doing so.
“Impey is committed to supporting disabled people live normal lives. Whether this being installing wetrooms into homes that have been refused DFG or adapting changing facilities in a sports centre to cater for the less abled, we believe in giving everyone the right to independent living.”