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Building on new ‘Best Practice’ guidelines with Closomat

  • 31 May 2018

New ‘best practice’ guidelines have been published addressing bedroom and bathroom accessibility in multi-occupancy buildings, be it new build or refurbishment, and Closomat is getting engaged.

It is announcing new developments to enable hotel, residential and care home operators and communal/supported housing providers to comply with these guidelines, in a stylish way, with a unique package from specification, right through fitting to future service & maintenance.

BS8300:2018 – Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment – extends the remit of compliance covered under its predecessor BS8300:2009.

The newest version is not just specific to new build projects, applying to all building types that require permanent sleeping accommodation for disabled people.

It also notes the fact that some disabilities are not visible, such as those with bladder or bowel continence problems, who require urgent access to sanitary facilities.

Under the new guidelines

  • up to 5% of bedrooms should have a wheelchair accessible en-suite shower room, if en-suite facilities are available elsewhere in the building
  • a further 1% should have a fixed track hoist system
  • a further 5% maximum should have an en-suite for ambulant disabled people
  • an overall total of 15% of bedrooms large enough to enable easy adaptation should do so if required in the future.

Closomat offers a range of contemporary ceiling track hoist systems that can be tailored to individual needs, enabling movement and transfer within a room, through to an en-suite, or beyond.

In the bathroom, it offers a range of fixtures, such as grab rails, height-adjustable or fixed washbasins that integrate with a stylish wall track system, allowing doe quick and easy adaptation to individual occupant needs.

Its range of wash & dry toilets take accessibility into higher realms of inclusion and intimate hygiene, with contemporary styled floor-standing, wall-mounted and height adjustable variants.

Robin Tuffley, Closomat marketing manager, commented: “Whether designing a new build or refurbishing, it makes sense to future-proof it to accommodate the growing numbers of people with impairments who need help who will stay somewhere, whether short, medium or long term.

“Just in the hotel industry, parties which include a disabled person spend £14billion a year on tourism and travel: can you afford to ignore that?

“The Standard applies also to residential and care homes for example: we all know how that market is set to increase, and that inevitably the older generation have more issues with mobility.”

Contact:

Closomat
Building 1, Brooklands Place,
Brooklands Road,
Sale,
Cheshire,
M33 6SD,
United Kingdom

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