Steel Framed Bathroom Pods
Apart from pods specified as floorless or thin-floored, a welded steel box section base frame is used, of a size and design specific to that pod footprint and weight.
This box section base frame is boarded with 18mm tongue and groove exterior grade WBP plywood.
This rigid base then forms a stable platform for the pod, not only through the manufacturing process, but also during transport, installation and thereafter.
Wall frames are manufactured in-house from cold rolled galvanised steel 'C' section.
These steel wall frames are then double lined with 11mm OSB 3 and 12.5mm moisture resistant plasterboard. Self-tapping screws are used to fix both layers of sheet material to the inside of the frame.
Almost all Offsite Solutions bathroom pods, whether GRP or Steel frame, are fitted with a GRP Composite ceiling panel which greatly enhances both the appearance and durability of the unit being robust, water proof and easy-clean.
When completed the carcass provides an optimum balance of durability and weight, offering efficiencies in transportation of ease of manoeuvrability.
As for our steel framed pods a welded steel box section base frame is used. The moulded GRP composite floor, wall and ceiling panels are then fixed to this base.
We only use premium quality marine grade and WRAS approved resins and gelcoats to make our GRP Composite panels.
All our wall and ceiling panels contain a Honeycomb Polypropylene core which significantly improves rigidity, is fully waterproof and not susceptible to delamination.
The pod exterior is fitted with horizontal strengthening battens and adjustable lightweight steel rails to facilitate dry lining fixing.
Our method of construction results in pod walls and doors which are plumb, meaning that integration of the pod is uncomplicated, allowing the use of standard door sets, without further work on-site.
Once the pod carcass is in a rigid state it is moved to the fit out lines where the various finishing processes are carried out under rigorous quality controlled conditions: taping, tanking, tiling, first fix, painting, second fix, cleaning and final testing.
Specialist operatives are responsible for each different process ensuring every function is completed to an excellent standard.
The plumbing system used on most units is the Uponor multilayer composite (MLC) pipe with brass & PPSU press fittings. This pipe has a five layer composite structure of longitudinally soldered aluminium with an inner and outer layer of high temperature-resistant polyethylene permanently bonded together by intermediate adhesive layers. This combines the advantages of a metal and plastic pipe and eliminates the disadvantages of both materials. The aluminium core prevents oxygen ingress, reduces heat-expansion and gives form-stability for easy and safe installation. Connections are made using the patented Uponor press system and produces permanent watertight press, clamp and compression connections. Potentially complicated connections such as welding or soldering are not necessary. The longevity of this system has been tested and confirmed by numerous certification bodies across Europe.
Each pod is accompanied by its own specific set of quality control documents with pods checked at every stage during the process to ensure that any defects are picked up swiftly and resolved prior to the pod moving further along the production line.
This production process is extremely efficient enabling high volume production and advanced quality control.