The London office of a leading blue-chip US based financial institution extended its multi-faith facilities in two Canary Wharf buildings to include ablution appliances specifically designed for Muslims to perform their pre-prayer wudu washing ritual.
The two buildings were managed by Norland Managed Services, a leading provider of managed building services in the UK. Norland’s Property Manager at that time was becoming increasingly concerned about the health and safety implications of water being spilt in the washrooms servicing two of the trading floors.
He realised that some of the issues identified in the WuduMate publication Diversity Matters, a Guide to Best Practice Multi-Faith Room Design, could well be the cause of the high level of water spillage.
After a consultation process between Norland and a group of their client’s Asian staff, it soon became clear that whilst multi-faith rooms had already been established in each building, they had not been equipped with appropriate washing facilities for those Muslims wishing to undertake their daily prayer ritual which included the washing of their feet.
Norland’s mechanical and electrical contractor was asked to contact The Specialist Washing Company, now trading as WuduMate, and after considering the various options, chose the WuduMate Compact ablution appliance, as the most appropriate foot-washing appliance for the limited space available.
Norland’s Property Manager said
“Many of our clients have a typical, modern day, ethnically diverse workforce, and we need to keep abreast of innovative new products which help provide for this fast-changing makeup of our society. The Specialist Washing Company were extremely helpful when we contacted them, immediately able to relate to our issues, and this helped us to quickly provide an ideal solution to this sensitive issue.” He added “In hindsight, it would have been easier if the WuduMates had been included in the buildings’ original designs, and in the future, we would encourage this."
Ismail Mahmood is a regular visitor to the Multi-Faith Room in his building and adds
“I believe I can speak for all of us who work here and use the WuduMates, when I say that this excellent facility differentiates this building from many others in the City where suitable appliances are rarely available in which we can safely and comfortably perform our Wudu, which requires us to wash our hands, face and feet before prayer; a big thank you from all the Muslim staff who work here!”