Closomat addresses disabled student accommodation

  • 18 Jul 2018

Closomat announces new developments to enable providers to comply, stylishly, with a unique package from specification, through fitting, to future maintenance, following the publication of new ‘best practice guidelines’ that specifically address disabled student accommodation.

The new BS8300:2018 is not specific to new build projects, and applies to all building types that require permanent sleeping accommodation for disabled people.

In addition, under the new guidelines, up to 4% of bedrooms should be wheelchair accessible, up to 1% of rooms should include a fixed track hoist system, and up to 5% should be easily adaptable for independent wheelchair use. If only one accessible bedroom is provided, it should include an accessible shower room, with a level access shower with shower seat if required, and include a WC.

The adaptable rooms should have the space and design features to allow for the addition of grab rails, shower seats, with ceiling height to allow for a track hoist.

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. The company also offers a wall track system that combines aesthetics with functionality, with the ability to integrate with a range of fixtures such as grab rails, height-adjustable or fixed washbasins, or shower seats.

Wash & dry toilets with contemporary styled floor- standing, wall-mounted and height adjustable variants offer ultimate accessibility and hygiene whilst satisfying cultural and religious considerations.

With 10% of the student population now being disabled, it is important that their needs are met. Robin Tuffley, Closomat marketing manager explains: “Disabled student numbers have increased by 56% in less than a decade, so it’s a sector that accommodation providers need to consider and address.

“As the new British Standard points out, because such accommodation is booked or reserved in advance, there is greater scope for it to be adapted correctly, as required, to suit an individual student. It goes so far as to advise that in effect a ‘show flat/ bedroom’ should be provided on build completion so people can asses how their requirement may be met!”


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Brooklands Road,
M33 6SD,
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