Closomat has installed an advanced Space to Change toilet facility at The Royal Cornwall Showground, in Wadebridge, as part of the event centre’s investment in accessibility.
The Space to Change gives people who need help to ‘go’ when away from home an appropriate facility.
It provides 7.5m2 of space to accommodate user, wheelchair and carer, plus a peninsular WC with support arms, ceiling track hoist, wall-mounted adult-sized height adjustable changing bench, height adjustable washbasin, and privacy screen.
It complements seven conventional wheelchair-accessible WCs already on site.
Oli Old, showground manager, said: “It is part of our corporate ethos to provide access for one and all.
“We wanted to improve our accessibility offering. Research online and with other venues persuaded us to use Closomat, for the company’s equipment and experience in the sector.
“It devised a solution so we could refurbish and remodel an existing disabled WC within the toilet block, to create an assisted, accessible WC facility that delivered all the additional space and equipment required, within the available budget.
“It enables people who otherwise would have had to curtail their visit, or not come at all, because of lack of suitable toilets, can now visit, and enjoy any of the 300+ events we offer all year round.”
Claire Haymes, Closomat’s CDM compliance and project co-ordinator, said: “Royal Cornwall is the latest venue to prove that many existing wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities can be even more accessible, without significant capital investment.
“They already have a space, they just need the additional equipment. We developed the Space to Change concept in partnership with campaigners for this very reason – it is an acceptable compromise on providing a full Changing Places, which requires more m2.
“It opens venues to people who are restricted on where they can go, how long they can stay, purely because they cannot use a conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet.”
Space to Change toilets plug the gap between conventional (Building Regulations Approved Document M 2013) wheelchair-accessible toilets, and the ‘desirable’, additional, larger and better equipped Changing Places+ toilets.