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17 Nov 2017

Case Study: NKS Contracts | Retrofitting social housing showers

- Written by Chris

nks_1The Company

NKS Contracts Limited was established in 1992 and now directly employs over 100 local staff and has an annual turnover in excess of £8 million. Following continued and sustained growth, the company now operates from two regional offices. The majority of their work is undertaken with housing associations and local councils under long-term framework and partnership agreements. They specialise in…

  • Kitchen and bathroom modernisation programmes
  • Disabled adaptations
  • Refurbishment works
  • Works in sheltered housing schemes
  • Extensions and alterations
  • Void modernisations
  • Plumbing and heating
  • Electrical works and testing
  • Flooring

The Challenge:

As the borough council in question had experienced issues with their previous shower choice, they were sceptical about investing in more innovative technology.
Thankfully though, NKS Contracts were able to assure the council about the many features of the AKW electric shower they had chosen such as ease of installation, safety features, and high-end aesthetic qualities.

The Solution:

Having accepted this job and reviewed the many shower units available on the market, NKS Contracts opted to install the AKW AKW SmartCare Plus shower. AKW SmartCare Plus is the world’s first Bluetooth ® Smart electric shower.  With the ability to be activated via wireless remote control or iPhone app, it’s packed with market-leading features and technical innovations.
It has unrivalled levels of control, ease-of-use and quick, easy installation. The retro-fit footprint covers most manufacturers’ models, so you can use  existing tiling, wiring and pipework. Eight electrical /eight water entry points and left or right hand wiring provide ultimate fitting flexibility.

The Results:

  • Tenants have been quick to report their happiness with the showers and their ease of use


  •  The NKS Contracts installers have found the fitting quick and easy, meaning the installation process is more streamlined


  •  The council are much happier with the new shower units as they provide safety and comfort for tenants and the stylish design means they will not need to be updated for many years to come

Key Product Used:

AKW’s AKW SmartCare Plus shower  units have proven quick and easy to install which has been a great help across the multi-property project. They work brilliantly for retro-fit, so we could save budget and time on re-tiling and pipework. The tenants have been delighted with the ease of use and aesthetics of the shower tooWith such widespread competition in the shower marketplace, contractors and installers have a variety of options to consider. However, NKS Contracts were always aware that with multiple properties to work on, they needed a shower that not only looked good and included innovative features, it also needed to be fitted quickly and efficiently. So, given the AKW SmartCare Plus’s multiple water entry points, NKS Contracts opted to use this solution exclusively.

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