Closomat champions campaign call for ‘accessible and adaptable’ new home builds

A new campaign is calling for all new build homes to be designed to be accessible and adaptable, to work for a lifetime and for any generation.

Closomat is lending its support to the drive, re-iterating the statement by campaign organisers Age UK and Habinteg, that most people want a home in which they can spend as much of their life as possible.

Closomat detailed how as part of this, having a bathroom that is easy to use regardless of age and ability, is paramount.

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The campaign wants the current Building Regulations Approved Document M section 4 to become the compulsory standard for new build homes- including to be structurally strong enough to support adaptations, and have a WC at entrance storey.

Commenting, Robin Tuffley, marketing manager at Closomat, said: “Presently, when a home is adapted, more often than not it is the bathroom that is altered. The most common adaptation therein is the WC- the seat changed, the height adjusted, grab rails added. Yet, for a nominal cost on the overall build, the home could be designed and constructed to be accessible and adaptable from the outset.”

Adding: “Age UK and Habinteg put the cost of making sure doors are wide enough, the structure strong enough to bear the loads added via grab rails etc at less than £1500/dwelling(1). Even going as far as replacing a conventional WC with our Palma Vita  wash & dry toilet- the only one of its kind that can be accessorised with additions such as support arms so it evolves with changing needs- still makes a negligible extra cost when you consider the average house price in the UK today is £230,000+.”

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