Beamish installs state-of-the-art access aids in its 1950s town

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One of the UK’s most well-known open air museums has installed a range of modern mobility equipment as part of its newest visitor attractions.  

With an £11 million grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Beamish is undertaking its Remaking Beamish project, which includes a1950s town.

Closomat has supplied and installed a Changing Places suite at the new site, which enables people who need help – be it in the form of people or equipment – to maintain toilet hygiene.

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Wendy Wilshere, Beamish’s volunteer and access co-ordinator, said: “Over ¼ million people need Changing Places toilets, so they can get out and about, and enjoy the day to day activities many of us take for granted.

“These fantastic facilities will make a massive difference for visitors who need them, and we are delighted and proud to offer them in our new 1950s welfare hall at Beamish.”

The Changing Places is installed in the Welfare Hall – the first building to be opened to visitors in the 1950s town.

In addition to providing the core features of a compliant Changing Places, Beamish has gone beyond, achieving an exemplar facility according to British Standards by including a shower, and choosing a wash and dry toilet in place of a conventional lavatory.

In addition to the Changing Places, the Welfare Hall has two conventional wheelchair-accessible WCs, an accessible baby change and changing room.

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