“We wanted something that was contemporary, efficient and fitted our criteria for sustainability. The Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer seemed the natural choice. “
Director of Estate Management, National Museums Liverpool
National Museums Liverpool is a museums and galleries group. In 2010, its venues attracted over 2.5 million visitors. The Museum of Liverpool is the group’s latest attraction. Located on the city’s waterfront, the new 8,000m2 purpose-built building is the culmination of a £70m project. As part of the museum’s development, a hand drying solution was required that would fit the building’s sustainable approach.
“At the Museum of Liverpool, we have installed a cutting-edge combined heat and power plant,” says Ian Williams, Director of Estate Management. “In terms of energy consumption, the way in which the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer operates met our sustainability requirements.”
Like the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer, National Museums Liverpool also has a Carbon Trust accreditation. This means it is committed to further reducing its carbon footprint. Another reason that the machine appealed to the Estate Management team.
“As a public sector organisation, there are requirements placed upon us to reduce our utility consumptions and our emissions,” adds Ian. “We don’t particularly want to use paper towels if we don’t have to for a number of reasons – cost, operational requirements and sustainability in terms of their purchase, use and recycling.”
National Museums Liverpool installed the first Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers in February 2010, followed by a second batch in July 2011. A final installation is planned for the end of 2011.
Ian and his team are more than pleased with the results: “In the simplest terms they do everything that we expected them to. They look good, they’re easy to clean and maintain, and they dry people’s hands.“
National Museums Liverpool