As the Government is urged to make accessible, adaptable housing mandatory within Local Plans, Closomat, Britain’s leading provider of accessible toilet and bathroom fixtures, says it is not hard for homes to be built to meet the M4(2) criteria, especially in the bathroom.
Robin Tuffley, Closomat marketing manager explained, “The bathroom is perhaps the most important room in a home that is accessible”. A little thought at the initial design stage, and little extra cost during construction, could ensure it is both easily adaptable, and it is appropriate for all occupants’ needs, even if those needs are different.
“Tiny changes to a design before a brick is laid – level access, space to manoeuvre a wheelchair, a peninsular WC, walls strong enough to support grab rails under load- can make it a bathroom fit for life, and deliver new housing that meets the needs of our increasingly elderly and disabled population- now, and for the future. That saves money in the long term, reducing the requirement for retrospective, disruptive and often compromised, alteration and adaptation.”
To make it as easy as possible for public and private sector housing developers to make bathrooms accessible, Closomat has produced a simple quick reference guide that highlights key areas to consider in the bathroom in accessible housing.
The company offers C(DM) compliant support from design advice to supply, installation, and- if required- subsequent service &maintenance options for public & private housing providers.
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