If you think about visiting a stately home, a magniﬁcent park or a stunning stretch of coast or woodland, it may well be managed by The National Trust, who work to preserve and protect beautiful and historic places and spaces throughout Britain.
Unfortunately, the majority of their sites do not include fully accessible toilets – which means that they probably aren’t on the “must visit” list of many people with a disability, no matter how much they would like to share in the heritage so many take for granted.
As part of a wider scheme being undertaken by The National Trust, signiﬁcant changes were earmarked for Fell Foot Park to ensure everyone can enjoy the beautiful lakeside visitor attraction.
“It was great being involved in the Trust’s ﬁrst Changing Place facility in the Lake District. Working closely
with Charlotte to build this facility, was a real pleasure.”
Ben Hickey, Head of Changing Places – iHUS
Five Grade II listed boathouses on the shoreline of Windermere have been restored as part of a 3-year National Heritage Lottery Fund project. One boathouse incorporates the ﬁrst fully accessible Changing Places facility in the Lake District National Park recently installed by the team at iHUS – the bathroom features a height adjustable bench and hoist for those with complex care needs and ample room for one or more carers to accompany them.
The central boathouse has also had level access installed throughout to make them more wheelchair friendly.
iHUS are one of the UK’s leading disabled adaptations companies , with over 30 years specialist knowledge and experience designing and installing Changing Places
“The Changing Places bathrrom is a great addition to Fell Foot and is part of a wider scheme by National Trust to enhance access across a range of our sites to make the properties and landscapes we look after, open to everyone – no matter their ability.
iHUS were very easy to work with and completed our project on time. I would have no hesitation recommending them to other visitor attractions looking to enhance their accessibility – the team communicated with us very well.”
Charlotte Upton, Project Manager – Fell Foot National Park.
A Changing Places toilet helps the trust make their venues welcoming for all their visitors by opening the attraction up to those with multiple or profound disabilities.
Another fantastic initiative Fell Foot participate in, as part of the wider accessibility scheme, is the provision of all terrain wheelchairs for visitors to borrow to make the most of the stunning views available on the long walks around the park, stunning views available on the long walks around the park.
Although the facility is already having a positive effect with the Park receiving fantastic feedback from visitors, the trust acknowledge that work is on going to make more places like Fell Foot accessible to everyone.
With over 30 years’ experience in construction, iHUS are one of the UK’s leading disabled adaptations companies – specialising in the design and installation of Changing Places facilities.
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