This project saw the MIW team working across a diverse range of locations, assessing the suitability for the installation of drinking equipment, indoors, outdoors, above and below ground. This meant that rather than working with a single piece of drinking equipment, MIW needed to recommend individual units based upon the specifics of each location. Some units had to be customised to TfL’s requirements. This had the potential to increase the lead time necessary for each installation, so MIW needed to take precautions to ensure that no delays took place.
Working with the company’s global partner, Elkay, MIW was able to facilitate the installation of a range a of different Halsey Taylor drinking fountains and refill stations. All of the units selected for installation were already WRAS-approved (Water Regulation Advisory Scheme), guaranteeing that they met the stringent water authority guidelines laid out by TfL’s Technical Division. They had also been pre-assessed as compliant with the ADA American with Disabilities Act & the United Kingdom’s Equality Act (2010). All units were selected for their ease of use, with hands-free operation where possible, to limit the potential for damage and hygiene reduction. All of the units to be installed outdoors were also finished with a highly durable weather-proof coating.
Prior to installation, MIW worked with the TfL Project Management Team to arrange the customisation of some of the equipment. Each unit was branded according to TfL’s requirements.
Throughout the project MIW worked with a series of external contractors to ensure that the installations took place as and when planned, without causing any disruption to the flow of the stations.