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Closomat installs Changing Places facility at £37m arts centre in Chester

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Closomat has played a large part in helping to make a £37m multi-arts centre in Chester more accessible by installing a Changing Places facility.

The council’s Storyhouse arts centre combining library, two theatres, a cinema, restaurant and bars, has been designed with full access and includes solutions like ramp access, a lift, wheelchair spaces and a low level counter in the café.

Standard accessible toilets are available on every floor and Closomat’s Changing Places features on the ground floor.

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The Changing Places facility is designed for people who need extra support to go to the toilet and features space and equipment to cater for complex needs.

Larger than a conventional wheelchair accessible toilet, Closomat’s Changing Places at Storyhouse includes a WC, ceiling track hoist, adult sized height-adjustable changing bench, privacy screen and height-adjustable wash basin.

Alex Clfton, artistic director, Storyhouse, said: “We want Storyhouse to be a place for everyone. No one should be excluded from seeing theatre or film, or exploringour spaces because of a disability. The disabled visitors we have had have been heartened to find the Changing Places toilet: in fact, Storyhouse is being used as an exemplar scheme for an accessible toilet design toolkit.”

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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