Accessible bathroom supplier Clos-o-Mat has worked with Leicester firm F Stimpson to provide and install a Changing Places toilet in a city community centre.
Clos-o-Mat supplied the equipment whilst F Stimpson carried out the install of the project, which included a 12m2 room, a ceiling track hoist, peninsular toilet, height-adjustable washbasin and adult-sized changing bench.
The project, which involved refurbishment and remodelling of the building to accommodate the space on the ground floor, and give unimpeded, level access, was shortlisted for a regional design award.
East West Community Centre is now the only centre of its kind in the city, and county, to now offer a Changing Places assisted accessible toilet. Leicester City Football Club recently had a Changing Places toilet installed at its ground.
Kelvin Grimes, Clos-o-Mat assisted accessible toilet project manager, commented: “We go to the loo about eight times a day, so the chances are, if you’ve gone out, you will need a toilet. Without toilet facilities like this, many people feel that they can’t go out, because they need extra space, or lifting, or have continence issues.”
Meanwhile, community centre manager Ushma Mehta, said: “It has definitely made a difference, helping to attract many people from the local community to use our facilities.
“Since installation the spacious and modern toilet and hoist facility has made our centre more inclusive; It means a lot of people who otherwise be housebound and isolated can come and enjoy time here and socialise with others as we provide various services: Day Care, Luncheon Club, Women’s Group, Exercise Sessions, etc.”
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, almost 900 have been opened across the UK.