Making the grade

08 August 2014

Leonardo has performed with honours at Cambridge by solving a washroom problem at the Institute of Medical Research

Established over a decade ago, the Cambridge Institute of Medical Research (CIMR) has created a collaborative and supportive environment in which outstanding scientists can excel. This provision of state-of–the-art core facilities helps foster collaborations that spark discoveries in understanding the very nature of disease. Part of Addenbrookes Hospital and sited at the world famous Cambridge Biomedical Campus, the newly opened Clifford Abbot Building at CIMR has selected Leonardo for its washrooms. 

Hygiene is a major every day priority and with facilities spread out over six floors, usage levels are unsurprisingly high. For the cleaning staff to maintain the standards required and to ensure dispensers were always operational, it was realised that the number of maintenance visits per day was becoming too frequent and thus too costly, to be acceptable.

Steve Becala, Facilicom manager in charge of all the clinical schools, contacted Susan Dawks of local distributor CCL and together they quickly identified that the problem could be alleviated if the dispensers had larger capacities, something that previous suppliers had failed to address. CCL has a long standing relationship with Leonardo, and Susan knew that the range incorporates larger capacity dispensers that could instantly resolve the problem.

Easy to fit and maintain as well as good looking, the new Leonardo dispensers meet end user needs whilst combining with the essential cost in use performance that underpins any successful washroom strategy.

This is the second major success for Leonardo in Cambridge where some years ago, one of Cambridge’s oldest and most famous colleges, Sidney Sussex, was hit by an outbreak of norovirus. Recognising that hygiene was the heart of the problem, the College decided to review all its existing hand hygiene provision. It discovered a range of differing towels and dispensing systems and suppliers that had grown over the years.

After conducting research and holding trials, the College concluded that for them, disposable hand towels were the very best solution. Again Susan Dawks was called in and in partnership with the Leonardo national sales team, a proposal was made that featured both Leonardo’s mechanical hands free dispensers and Versatwin dispensers. The recommendation was duly accepted and implemented. 

There has been no further bacterial outbreaks since the installation of Leonardo. So no surprise then that when recently an additional new building and new hostel were commissioned, Leonardo was again specified to play its part in keeping both students and faculty healthy.