Two of industry accessibility and equipment specialists have come together to complete the installation of Milton Keynes’ latest Changing Places facility.
The installation is part of a redevelopment of the gallery which began in 2016 and is due for completion in March this year and incorporates a Ropox StandardLine wash basin and shower/changing bed and Guldmann GH3 Hoist, all of which were supplied and installed by Taylor Dolman.
Deputy director of the Gallery, Kate Chadwick, said: “The main drive behind the redevelopment was to create a better social space with enhanced access to the building and gallery facilities so we could broaden our programme of events and exhibitions and make them as accessible as possible and the Changes Places facility was a vital part of this.
“We were extremely lucky to receive funding for the Changing Places unit from the Milton Keynes Community Foundation.
“We are delighted with the equipment which has been installed and I know it is going to help our many visitors with a disability. When we received the on-site training, we were all surprised by how user friendly all the equipment is and I have no doubt visitors will be able to use it with confidence.”
With a height adjustment of 70cm to 100cm, Ropox’s basin has been designed to incorporate enough legroom for wheelchair users to comfortably access the basin and the user or their carer can alter the height of the basin at the touch of an easy to use button integrated into the top of the basin.
hee Ropox height adjustable shower changing bed can be folded up when not in use to save space and the height can be set to the ideal level for the user and carer using the easy to operate electric adjustment control.
To facilitate safe comfortable transfers a Guldmann GH3 room covering ceiling hoist system has been installed.
With a maximum lifting capacity of 200kg, the GH3 was chosen as it will meet the hoisting requirements of most visitors to the Gallery along with their carer, family member or friend.
Chadwick added: “Our Changing Places is only the second one in Central Milton Keynes, and it will not just benefit users of the Gallery but the surrounding community as it will be open to the general public.
“For example, we have already had conversations with Milton Keynes Theatre as they are going to promote it to their visitors.”
Peter Davies from Ropox said: “We are delighted to have been involved in yet another successful Changing Places installation and receive such positive feedback from the team at MK Gallery. We all know how much people need and appreciate the Changing Places facilities around the UK and look forward to being involved in many more in 2019.”