As part of the Leith Place upgrade, local council wanted to create a plaza area for visitors and locals to use, incorporate the existing Talking Poles into a forest, build new toilets and create a wow factor to attract passing traffic off the highway.
Leith Place toilets were designed by DCA Architects and were uniquely designed to represent the Southern Cross constellation, as a symbol of the different ethnicities and cultures that have used this navigation tool throughout history. Five individual toilet cylinders vary in height from seven to nine metres and consist of a stand-alone and enclosed toilet at the base. The cylinders are joined by a covered walkway.
MacDonald Industries were thrilled to work on this project with DCA Architects and supplied a variety of bathroom products such as Delabie Timeflow Taps and Franke Stainless Steel Toilets and Basins.
Delabie Temposoft Time Flow Basin Tap
The unisex toilet cylinders incorporate a select range of Delabie Time Flow Taps. The main requirements for the bathroom taps were to ensure a high standard of hygiene, manage water waste and be durable.
Taps left running can be an expensive waste of water and money in a public bathroom. An effective way of dealing with this issue is to install Delabie timed flow taps which offer maximum water saving by shutting off automatically after seven seconds, which is the necessary minimum for wetting and rinsing. Automatic touch-free shut-off also reduces hand cross-contamination risk.
Delabie Time Flow Taps have been specifically designed to withstand intensive use and vandalism, which is common in public bathrooms. The taps are made from brass and fitted with shock-resistant mechanisms and reinforced fixings.
Franke Stainless Steel
Each toilet cylinder included a Franke Stainless Steel Toilet Pan and Franke Basin.
Bathroom products made of stainless steel are an excellent choice for high traffic areas that are subject to considerable wear and tear. Stainless steel is very durable and highly resistant to staining, scratches, rust and corrosion plus it won’t chip, flake or break.
Franke toilets and basins are formed from larger sheets of metal meaning surfaces have fewer nooks and imperfections in which to support bacteria. Dirt and germs can be easily washed from the smooth pore-free surface. All fixings are concealed to prevent against theft and damage.
Leith Place toilets have been awarded the Waikato/BoP New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) award and a regional award from Architectural Design New Zealand (ADNZ) as well as being judged the country’s finest public bathroom by iconic Kiwi charity Keep New Zealand Beautiful.
Location: Leith Place, Tokoroa, New Zealand
Client: Waikato District Council
Architect: DCA Architects Rotorua
Project Complete: March 2022
Photos: Nick Lambert / DCA Architects