HMS Belfast WC Refurbishment
Split into two phases, existing WC areas on the fore and aft of the ship were reconfigured to form new WC facilities. The toilets were reconfigured to better use the space available with new wash troughs and sanitary ware and plumbing and electrics upgraded to suit.
Phase 1 saw the fore WC area on deck 1 of the ship, originally the shower and toilet facilities for the ship, upgraded to form a Ladies facility.
Phase 2, the aft WC area on deck 2, originally part of the officer’s mess, has now been divided to form both Ladies and Gentlemen’s toilets.
The overall scope of works included:
- Strip out and removal of existing floor finishes, WCs & cubicles, ceilings, wall panelling and doors.
- Removal of all asbestos containing materials within the areas.
- Supply and installation of new sanitary ware including all supply and waste connections.
- Supply and installation of new cubicles, bespoke vanity units and wall panelling.
- Supply and installation of new suspended ceilings and new floor finishes.
- Fit new lighting, hand dryers and ventilation to the toilets.
Working on a steel ship presented unique challenges for the team. For example, bulkheads and walls could not be moved, or cut into, and access routes were tight and challenging. The ship remained in operation as a museum, visited by thousands of members of the public each day throughout the works, and not to forget the ship is still afloat on the River Thames.