Clos-o-Mat brings Changing Places facility to £35m revamp project

Closomat Kelvin Hall

Clos-o-Mat has installed a Changing Places facility as part of a £35m revamp of Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall.

The accessibility specialists supplied and installed the wheelchair-accessible assisted toilet facility.

Based on a Changing Places toilet, for people who need the help of at least one carer, the room has the additional space, adult-sized height adjustable changing bench, privacy screen and ceiling track hoist that are required fixtures in a Changing Places.

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It also has a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash and dry toilet, instead of a traditional WC, and a height adjustable washbasin.

Special projects team leader, Robert Gartshore, Kelvin Hall, said: “The assisted accessible toilet demonstrates that excellence for all: it delivers all the extra care equipment that helps people who need assistance with their intimate hygiene.

“And by replacing the conventional WC with a Clos-o-Mat that washes and dries the user so they don’t have to manually wipe, we are further extending the useability and raising the level of hygiene available.”

Meanwhile, Kelvin Grimes, Clos-o-Mat’s away from home washroom project manager, commented: “Changing Places toilets are designed to meet the needs of anyone who needs a carer’s help to go to the loo, ranging from a wheelchair-bound child or adult to morbidly obese. But the equipment within, especially when the traditional loo is replaced with a wash & dry toilet, extends its suitability to literally millions of other people- those with incontinence issues, stoma, for example.”

Under latest Building Regulations and good practice guidelines, a Changing Places toilet is ‘desirable’ in buildings to which numbers of the public have access. Since their introduction a decade ago, 850+ have been opened across the UK. Under British Standards, a Changing Places is in addition to conventional (Building Regulations Document M) wheelchair accessible toilets, and provides 12m2, with additional equipment including an adult-sized height adjustable changing bench and ceiling track hoist.

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