Australian facilities management exhibition, Total Facilities has named the refurbished bathrooms at Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal by Marsden Collective as the country’s Best Bathroom Facility.

The Best Bathroom Facility competition - now in its third year - aims to advocate washroom wellbeing, and encourage awareness and pride among Australia’s facilities and workplace management professional.

Krishan Tangri, Brisbane Airport Corporation’s General Manager Assets, describes the recently refurbished bathrooms as “the all-important first impression of our city, state and country”.

He explains that when international travellers set foot in one of the newly refurbished bathrooms, they’re taken on an aspirational journey around Australia before they’ve even left the airport. The refurbishment project at the airport was initiated to not only improve existing facilities and achieve compliance with new disability access legislation, but to also provide a unique visual experience different from other common public bathrooms.

According to Tangri, the terminal’s bathrooms showcase various Queensland and Australian experiences and locations through stunning large format wall photography including scenes of the rugged Queensland outback, iconic native animals, the spectacular Daintree rainforest, a summer’s day on Bondi Beach, and turquoise beach waves lapping at pristine white sand shores, altogether creating a memorable experience for the visitor. These bathrooms also feature state-of-the-art wash basins, urinals and hand dryers.

To ensure regular maintenance and upkeep, Brisbane Airport Corporation has a rigorous 24/7 cleaning schedule, with physical inspections on the hour. New Dr Voxx interactive feedback systems (IFS), installed in each bathroom enable users to provide instant feedback via touchscreens.

The Best Bathroom Facility competition is open to public and private bathrooms located in commercial buildings, shopping centres, hotels or recreational grounds.

The toilet block in Arthur’s Seat State Park, Victoria by Foursight Architects won second place with its environmentally sensitive design while the world-renowned public bathrooms on level 35 of the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins by Woodlands Interiors and Mill Design were awarded third place.