Clos-o-Mat edges number of UK Changing Places closer to 1,000 mark

An example of a Changing Places facility – Clos-o-Mat’s installation at Square Chapel

There are now only about a dozen Changing Places toilets left to be registered before there are 1,000 installed and registered specialist toilet facilities in the UK.

Clos-o-Mat has brought the total closer to the 1,000 mark thanks to its latest installation at Halifax’s cultural quarter, which recently underwent a complete refurbishment.

Arrchitects Evans Vettori and access consultant Alison Grant worked in partnership with Clos-o-Mat to deliver a full-specification Changing Places assisted, accessible toilet facility installed in the main building of the Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax.

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The Changing Places room means anyone who needs the help of a carer to go to the toilet, and/or who needs lifting, and/or changing, can visit Square Chapel knowing they can access suitable toilet facilities. The Changing Places includes a conventional wheelchair-accessible peninsular WC, wall-mounted height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, height adjustable washbasin, ceiling track hoist, shower and shower seat.

“From the outset, the redevelopment has had a primary objective of delivering inclusive access for all performers and visitors to the building,” explained Grant.

“The provision of a Changing Places supports that ethos. I’ve worked with Clos-o-Mat before: its team is able to bring valuable technical support at the design stage, and can supply, install, and commission the equipment in the Changing Places.”

Under Building Regulations and British Standards (BS8300), a Changing Places toilet is ‘desirable’ in buildings to which numbers of the public have access. Since their introduction a decade ago, almost 1000 have been opened across the UK. Under British Standards, a Changing Places is provided in addition to conventional (Building Regulations Document M) wheelchair accessible toilets, and provides 12m2 (3m x 4m), with additional equipment including an adult-sized height adjustable changing bench and ceiling track hoist.

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