Dart Valley Systems (DVS) were thrilled to be chosen for the refurbishment project at Heathrow Terminal 5. DVS worked with Heathrow Airport (formerly known as Heathrow Airport) for over 15 years, providing brassware and water controls and have become established as a trusted partner. The Terminal 5 design team at Heathrow Airport worked with DVS to expand the range to include flush valves, urinal controls, automatic taps amongst others to fulfil their requirements. This specification was then carried forward to future Terminal projects.
After a thorough review of washroom products from leading suppliers, the Heathrow Airport design team nominated DVS as the preferred supplier. There was a high level of confidence in the reliability of the products and support provided from previous successful collaborations.
The results, achieved through close collaboration, have provided both parties with significant benefits, Heathrow Airport obtained the exact specifications they required and DVS was able to produce some of their next generation products. With an anticipated 35 million passengers a year passing through the terminal, the products needed to be robust and able to withstand a high footfall, along with offering cost and operational savings.
When the DVS flush valves were introduced to Heathrow as a retro-fit product, it reduced water consumption by millions of litres per annum, and reduced maintenance costs by 85%. The flush valves are electronically operated, allowing the user to simply wave their hand within 50mm of the sensor to flush the toilet, the valve open time is adjustable to enable optimum flushing to be achieved. The sensor control offers additional benefits such as touch-free operation providing excellent hygiene, ease of use for less-abled users and young children, along with its robust vandal-resistant material properties, and modern design which is aesthetically pleasing.
DVS also developed a urinal control system specifically for the Terminal 5 project. These innovative market leading products provide water efficient operation whilst keeping the bowls fresh creating a cost effective solution for what would become their next generation of individual control urinal sensors. Individual controls coupled with two channel control boxes enabled the independent control of one or two urinal bowls. This solution meant that the costs were substantially reduced, individual control systems only flush the bowls when they are used, whereas, many PIR systems on the market flush all the urinals at set intervals.
DVS branded automatic taps were also used throughout Heathrow Airport airports, which met the new requirement for a wall mounted, touch-free solution. The aquarius range of touch-free taps and TMV3 controls provided a water efficient, safe and hygienic solution for hand washing.
Throughout the project, the working relationship between Heathrow Airport and DVS flourished and resulted in shared ideas directly influencing product enhancements. This has resulted in further development of optimum water saving products which are now available as part of the DVS standard range and installed in subsequent Heathrow projects.
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