Ullapool Harbour Trust recently installed a Changing Places assisted accessible facility in response to a radio show item about the misery thousands of disabled people face if they need a WC away from home.
Disabled people in the local community and visitors can now head to the port, knowing it has appropriate toilets, as Changing Places facilities are designed to the highest level set out in British Standards(*) has been installed.
Kevin Peach, Chief Executive/Harbour Master explained: “I listened with heavy heart to a radio show highlighting the daily misery that parents and carers have to face trying to find suitable toilets. We had to do what we could to improve the lot of people with profound disabilities. We wanted the best and highest specification we could provide for these very special people- hence why we chose to install a Closomat Palma Vita instead of the basic, conventional WC usually provided.”
The free-to-use Changing Places toilet facility is located on the ground floor of a Highland Council-owned building in the heart of the Harbour, and features more space than a conventional wheelchair-accessible convenience, plus additional fixtures of an overhead track hoist, adult-sized height adjustable changing bench, privacy screen and a Closomat Palma Vita wash & dry (smart) toilet, all supplied via Able Care and installed by W Munro.
Under British Standards (BS8300:2018), a Changing Places toilet in addition to conventional accessible facilities should be provided in buildings where the public spend time. As a minimum, the facility should be 3m x 4m (12m2), and include a peninsular WC, adult sized height adjustable changing bench, full room cover overhead track hoist, and wash basin
(preferably height adjustable); the Standard notes inclusion of a wash & dry (shower/smart) toilet in place of a conventional WC further enhances users’ dignity &. Independence. The Government has just completed consultation on making Changing Places an obligatory requirement in new buildings or major refurbishments.
Building 1, Brooklands Place,
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