History of Leisure Sinks
Today, extremely proud to still be manufacturing in Great Britain, Leisure Sinks bases its success on continuous innovation, commitment to excellence and a strong British heritage. 2013 marks 80 years since the founding Crowe family took its steps into mass producing stainless steel kitchen sinks, in Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire, still home to our factory to this day. See our proudest moments in the last eight decades highlighted below.
Established in 1926 by the Crowe family as a motor parts business, Leisure took its first steps into the stainless steel sink industry in 1933. Having already made its name as innovators - Leisure developed cutting-edge motor components that helped revolutionise the then fledgling UK automotive industry - the company's first foray into sinks was eagerly anticipated. Based in the same Long Eaton locale that Leisure Sinks occupies today, its initial handmade stainless steel sinks were so successful that mass production began just two years later, in 1935. Production of Leisure Sinks' innovative Porcelain Enamelled Steel sinks (the first seen in the UK) followed in 1937, and news of the company's reputation for quality engineering and high grade materials began to spread.
With more than 80 years experience, Leisure Sinks are the biggest manufacturer of kitchen sinks in the UK and have built a reputation on quality, consistency and longevity. Available in stainless steel, composite and Fireclay ceramic finishes and in designs that suit both modern and traditional homes. With a warranty which could last up to 20 years - often longer than the lifetime of a kitchen - you can trust Leisure Sinks to provide perfect performance every time. Today, extremely proud to still be manufacturing in Great Britain, Leisure Sinks bases its success on continuous innovation, commitment to excellence and a strong British heritage. 2013 marks 80 years since the founding Crowe family took its steps into mass producing stainless steel kitchen sinks, in Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire, still home to our factory to this day. See our proudest moments in the last eight decades highlighted below.
Made from high grade 18/10 stainless steel with seamless soldering and a rigid frame construction, our steel sinks are heavy duty in construction. For extra scratch resistance, choose between Linen or Brushed Steel finishes. Those seeking a modern highshine surface can opt for Satin Steel or the even shinier Polished Steel finish.
Constructed from an exclusive compound developed over many years, our composite sinks feature 70% quartz particles for a unique surface that's similar to granite in terms of durability but much more flexible in design. Offering high scratch and impact resistance, our composite sinks are easy to clean and can withstand temperatures up to 230°c so can safely accommodate hot pans and boiling liquids. Available in a range of colours, these sinks are ergonomically designed with soft, tactile curves, to perfectly match your kitchen.
The benefits of buying a ceramic sink can be found in their completely nonporous, stain-proof surface that won't fade or discolour. Perfect for the more traditional home or those looking to coordinate modern white worktops, Leisure's heavyweight Fireclay ceramic sinks are made using high quality raw materials alongside tried and tested manufacturing techniques to achieve perfect results time after time.
Combining style, quality and engineering excellence, Leisure Sinks offers a vast selection of taps for you to choose from, with styles ranging from 'über' cool to the perfectly practical there's sure to be a design to match your choice of sink.
Quality & Awards
At Leisure we work hard to ensure the quality of our sinks & taps are consistently high, focusing on the best materials,the highest levels of workmanship, and a dedication to excellence that's second to none. However, we don't expect you to just take our word for it: our products are regularly tested by independent inspectors to guarantee we keep standards high. Continuous assessment and ongoing investment in the quality of both materials and construction is essential to our philosophy and have enabled us to become Britains most widely used sink brand.
|As a responsible manufacturer and supplier of high-quality domestic sinks, all of our Leisure Sinks carry a CE certification mark and the standard EN 13310, which is the standard in the UK to which our products comply with in order to carry the mark.|
From July 2013, all kitchen sinks that are manufactured and/or sold within the EU market will need to carry the CE marking, in accordance with the Construction Products Directive (89/106/EEC).
|A world-renowned symbol of trust, integrity and quality, Leisure is proud that a number of its products have earned the BSI Kitemark seal of approval. Auditing the superiority of our sinks as well as the quality management systems we have in place on a regular basis, the Kitemark is indisputable proof of manufacturing distinction. The Kitemark is not easy to attain, which is perhaps why it offers unprecedented peace of mind. Furthermore, recent polls reveal that more than 60% of consumers would choose a product affixed with the BSI Kitemark over a similarly priced product.|
|Reassuring our customers that we are committed to protecting the environment, Leisure Sinks conform to the International Standard BS EN ISO14001:2004, which monitors our Environmental Management System. Designed to ensure ongoing commitment to environmentally-friendly manufacturing at every level of production, our systems are audited every six months by a UK government approved assessment authority.|
|One of the fundamental purposes of the International StandardBS EN ISO 9001:2008 is to assure our customers that we have a fully integrated Quality Management System in place at all levels of operations. Only by continually updating and enhancing our Quality Management in-line with regulatory requirements, we are able to warrant the consistent quality that our customers have come to expect from the Leisure brand.|
Leisure Sinks’ range of Aquanomic taps have been developed to cater for the demand of flow restricted kitchen taps, in accordance with the Code for Sustainable Homes. Our range consists of four tap models, with a mix of monobloc designs for single tap hole sinks and pillar taps to suit sinks with two tap holes. The taps include a factory fitted flow restrictor within the spout, this ensures no extra work for the installer as with retro-fit solutions. The flow of the tap is limited to 3.8 litres per minute, per tap, and a non-return valve is fitted as standard (with the exception of the Pillar Tap).
What is the code?
In 2006 the Government announced a 10-year plan, which set a target for “All new homes from 2016 onwards must be built to zero carbon standards”.
The Code for Sustainable Homes was launched in 2007. It stated from May 2008 all new homes built are required to have “a code rating” (The rating is from 1-6 with 1 being the worst rating and 6 being the highest) the ratings are based upon standards set in the “code”. Homes with higher ratings will be more energy and water efficient, which leads to producing fewer carbon emissions and are better for the environment. For the homeowner it will mean less waste being created with a home having lower running costs.
Water usage is one of the nine categories used to measure each homes efficiency and rating. The code aims to “reduce the consumption of potable water through the use of water efficient fittings, appliances and water recycling systems”. This includes products such as laundry appliances, dishwashing, showers and baths.
Within the water usage section of the code is a “water usage calculator” this works out the amount of water used in the home by the house builder adding all the flow rates of all the appliances & fittings for that particular home. Based upon the guidance notes produced for the code and feedback from research with customers we have developed a range of Aquanomic taps to meet expectations.
The Aquanomic taps have been developed to save water (in line with Part G of the UK Building Regulations), therefore the following points should be adhered to so that the tap will work to its optimum level:
It is essential that the water system is thoroughly flushed through the supply pipes in order to remove any remaining solder, swarf or impurities from the system.It is recommended to carry out this procedure as it may cause problems or damage to the workings ofthe tap and invalidate the warranty.
The water pressure should not exceed 4 bar / 58 PSI, as high pressure could damage the filter in the tap or cause spluttering.
The water temperature should not exceed 70oc / 158oF as high temperatures could damage the filter. Ensure that the spout retainer collar (if applicable) is firmly tightened after installing the tap.
Leisure’s Aquanomic range
Our Aquanomic taps offer a range of flow rates in order to comply with current UK water conservation legislation.
The table below shows the hot, cold and mixed flow rates at 3 bar water pressure for use with the installer’s standard water calculator.
|Product code||Description||Hot only|
flow at 3
flow at 3
at 3 bar
|0.75 bar||4 bar|
|TMR1CM/-AN||Monorise tap||3-3.8 litres|
|1 bar||4 bar|
|TAD4CM/-AN||Aquadisc 4 tap||3-3.8 litres|
|1 bar||4 bar|
|TAF1CM/-AN||Aquaflow 1 tap||3-3.8 litres|
|1 bar||4 bar|
The Aquanomic water saving taps function differently to non-water saving taps, therefore it is advised to be aware of the following factors when choosing any water saving product:
-The hot water will take longer to flush through any cooled water in the supply pipe to the tap exit from the heater. A lower flow rate will take longer to heat any plumbing between the heater and the tap so piping distance should be kept as short as possible.
-Some instantaneous water heaters or pumped hot water systems will require a minimum flow to initiate the hot water system. When the tap is in a 50/50 mixed position the hot water flow could be approximately 1.5 litres per minute and compatibility should be checked accordingly.
-Large capacity sink bowls will take longer to fill than a non water saving tap.
-The flow limiters used in Aquanomic taps are produced to a high degree of accuracy. Dirt and debris can affect their correct function so it is important to flush the system before the taps installation and periodically clean the flow limiter to maintain maximum performance.
-Pressures lower than the above or imbalanced hot and cold pressures may produce flow rates different from the example above.
This advice is in line with recognised best practice plumbing guidelines. By choosing an Aquanomic tap it is helping to preserve the environment, and saving money on water and energy bills.