Specialist bathroom supplier Closomat has fitted Scotland’s largest shopping centre out with a Changing Places facility, allowing it to cater better for the needs of disabled customers.
Silverburn in Glasgow means disabled visitors and their carers can enjoy their time at the 1m square foot venue without curtailing their trip because of a lack of suitable toilets.
Provided in addition to conventional wheelchair-accessible toilets, and accessed via RADAR key, the Changing Places has more space, and additional equipment.
Equipment includes a ceiling track hoist, adult-sized height adjustable changing bench, height adjustable washbasin, shower, and privacy screen.
It forms a key part of improvements at Silverburn, including refreshed, eco-friendly male and female toilets, a parent and child changing room and a prayer/quiet room.
David Pierotti, Silverburn’s general manager, said: “We want to make an environment where customers can come and shop, and feel at ease, whatever needs they may have.
“Some 20% of Scotland’s population is disabled, so it is important to us to ensure we provide all the facilities necessary to ensure our doors are open to all – hence the addition of the Changing Places.”
Under Building Regulations and British Standards, a Changing Places should be provided in any facilities to which numbers of the public have access, and/or spend a length of time.
The latest BS8300:2018 specifically itemises large commercial retail premises as a target location.
Closomat is one of the main installers of Changing Places facilities in the UK and says it can provide an in-house, ‘one- stop-shop’ complete package for ‘away from home’ assisted accessible toilet facilities, from design and commissioning, through to project management, supply and installation, and can also provide subsequent maintenance and repair.