state-of-the-art toilet is playing its part in helping Birmingham City Council deliver 21st century services.
The new £188million Library of Birmingham will achieve optimum accessibility with the inclusion of a Changing Places hygiene room to complement around 20 other wheelchair-accessible WCs.
The Changing Places toilet, on the lower ground floor of the building, makes the library the first Birmingham city centre local authority site to have the facility to accommodate anyone who needs the help of a carer to go to the toilet: the only other Changing Places toilet in the city centre is in Bullring shopping centre.
Supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s leading provider of disabled toileting solutions including hygiene rooms and Changing Places toilets, the Changing Places toilet is bigger than a standard wheelchair-accessible WC and features additional equipment of a hoist, height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, and a height adjustable washbasin.
Head of Project delivery for the Library of Birmingham Terry Perkins elaborated, “Even the old 1970s library was accessible as possible to people with disabilities, featuring, for example, magnifying glasses, and height adjustable reading tables.
We were keen to ensure its replacement, the new Library of Birmingham, excelled in its delivery of accessible services, hence our decision to include a Changing Places toilet as well as conventional wheelchair-accessible toilets.”
Clos-o-Mat has a 50+ years-long proven track record on the supply and installation of fully accessible toilets, and hygiene rooms, including a substantial number of Changing Places facilities.
Its ability to deliver design advice, supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance across the ambit of accessible toileting equipment, including the Clos-o-Mat wash and dry (automatic) toilet, means it is uniquely positioned to simplify the whole process for forward-thinking environments to which the public have access.