Top-of-the-toilets joy for team at shopping centre

Pictured are Peter Dryden, Alan Cadden, Chris Docherty, Medi Parry and Zoe Christopher of Sanderson Arcade.
Pictured are Peter Dryden, Alan Cadden, Chris Docherty, Medi Parry and Zoe Christopher of Sanderson Arcade.

The team at Sanderson Arcade is flushed with pride after scooping the Platinum Award for the newly-refurbished toilets in Austin House.

The Morpeth shopping centre has received the highest accolade in the National Loo of the Year category.

Its toilets have been recognised in the Loo of the Year Awards for the last four years, with this year’s honour being the best yet.

Since the recent refurbishment, those using the loos can now admire views of some of the beautiful scenery and buildings of the North East when they pay a visit.

Cubicles in both the ladies and gents at the centre have been fitted with stunning feature walls showing some of the region’s most iconic images, including the Whitley Bay lighthouse, Blyth Beach Huts and Bamburgh Castle.

Not only are the toilets kept in tip-top condition and checked regularly throughout the day, fresh flowers or plants are also always on display every day.

Medi Parry, centre manager at Sanderson Arcade, said: “We are delighted to have achieved the Platinum Award and it just goes to show that our commitment to providing our customers and visitors with the very best experience during their time here is our focus throughout the centre.

“It’s all thanks to the hard work and dedication of our cleaning team.”

The Loo of The Year Award has been identifying the Best in Britain since 1987 and is recognised for setting the standard for all those who provide ‘away from home’ facilities for staff, customers and visitors.

Each entry receives an unannounced visit from an authorised Loo of The Year awards inspector and is assessed against tough judging criteria.

The toilet inspectors look at everything from signage to fixtures and fittings and overall cleanliness.

Austin House provides office space for businesses and organisations and it is also the location for the Morpeth Neighbourhood Police Office.