Adaptable bathroom supplier Closomat has played a starring role in transforming a West Midlands sporting facility into an accessible destination.
The University of Birmingham’s £55m sports venue has undergone a refurbishment to make it accessible for people with disabilities, injuries or other specific access requirements.
As part of the renovations the facility has added a swimming pool hoist and moveable steps. The gym includes 25 pieces of inclusive equipment, and the toilet facilities have been designed to meet the requirements of guests with limited mobility.
The university building has been fitted with two fully-accessible hygiene rooms, each giving plenty of space for a wheelchair user and up to two carers, and equipped by Closomat on behalf of Interserve, with a Palma Vita wash and dry toilet, ceiling track hoist and adult-sized height adjustable changing bench. One is on the ground floor in the swimming pool changing area, the other on the second floor, which can be reached by lift, near to the gym.
Kelvin Grimes, Closomat’s ‘away from home toilet’ project manager, explained: “About one million people in the West Midlands have an activity limiting problem or disability. Without an adult-sized changing bench, hoist, wash and dry toilet, thousands of people in the region who need that extra equipment couldn’t spend any length of time away from home, in case they needed toilet facilities.”
The changing benches and hoists mean users who have continence issues can be safely and appropriately cleaned and changed whilst at Sport & Fitness. For users who are more capable in addressing their own toilet needs, the Closomat Palma Vita in effect combines a toilet, bidet and drier in one, so there is no need for manual cleansing, by user or carer, with toilet tissue.