The UK leads the world in Changing Places provision, however there is still a huge lack of awareness about the facilities and the campaign in general. Below, we answer some of the most common questions we receive from clients across all sectors.
What is a Changing Places toilet?
A Changing Places toilet is a bathroom that can be used by people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as others with physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis. Changing Places cater to people who often need extra equipment, space and the help of others to allow them to use a toilet safely and comfortably.
Can a modular Changing Places facility be located anywhere?
Yes, in most cases our changing places are installed in public areas that have access to drainage and services. We can also adapt existing rooms and spaces into a Changing Places facility.
Can our Changing Places facility be an extension, rather than freestanding?
Yes. All our facilities can be installed as extensions to existing buildings. We even have a selection of exterior finishes to choose from; to help the facility blend in with existing structures.
How much disruption will there be during installation?
Very little when one of our modular facilities is chosen – they are manufactured off-site at our production facility; the only on-site disruption is caused by groundworks and installation. This can take up to four days depending on the location.
How much does one of your Changing Places cost?
This varies depending on size and specification, however, our standard modular Changing Places facilities start from £47,000 for our Core modular facility. Internal adaptations can range anywhere from £16,000 up to £100,000 and above (depending on the size and complexity of building works).
If the groundworks are done by another provider can you supply and install only?
Yes, we can offer both a ‘supply only’ or a ‘supply and install’ package.
Can you create a Changing Places toilet with an internal adaptation?
Yes, we can adapt existing facilities and rooms into Changing Places toilets. We have successfully done this for several clients.
Is it illegal for my business not to provide a Changing Places facility?
It’s not illegal, but current legislation (BS 8300:2009 and Building Regulations Approved Document M 2013) describes Changing Places toilets as ‘desirable’ in larger buildings and complexes. Under the Equality Act 2010, service providers are also required to make reasonable changes where a disabled person would otherwise be at a substantial disadvantage.
In what buildings are Changing Places ‘desirable’?
Major transport termini or interchanges (i.e. large railway stations and airports)
Sport and leisure facilities (including large hotels)
Cultural centres, such as museums, concert halls and art galleries
Stadia and large auditoria
Shopping centres and shop mobility centres
Key buildings within town centres i.e. (town halls, civic centres, public libraries)
Health facilities, such as hospitals, health centres and community practices