As part of a major refurbishment by Islington Borough Council of the Ironmonger Row Baths, a launderette has been installed, equipped by Armstrong Commercial Laundry Systems. The baths, originally built in 1931, always included a laundry for public use and so, for historical reasons and to maintain this valuable service for local residents, it was decided to carry this on while also providing a facility to handle the substantial amount of laundry generated by the various facilities within the site.
The unit comprises six Primus washer extractors – three 7kg and three 16kg models, six Speed Queen tumble dryers and two Primus ironers. It is open to the public from 0800-2000 on weekdays and 1000-1600 at weekends, with service washes, which include an ironing service, offered from 1200-1600 daily. It is attended at all times, and members of the public purchase vouchers from the site’s main reception which are exchanged for tokens from the attendant.
Ironmonger Row Baths, now operated for Islington Borough by charitable social enterprise GLL, comprises a comprehensive range of leisure facilities including a gym, two swimming pools and a group exercise studio. It is also home to Spa London, an affordable spa and thermal facility that includes traditional treatments such as a hammam, steam rooms and sauna sited with the building’s original art deco Turkish Baths.
Sarah Matson, operations manager at Ironmonger Row Baths, told us, “The launderette is in constant use with the laundry we generate and the members of the public who use it. We have been very pleased with the equipment and the service we have had from Armstrong and overall the unit is a very valuable part of our very popular and busy site”.
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