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Article Date: 3rd January 2017

Clos-o-Mat - Setting the Standard in University Inclusivity

Teesside University - Accessible Toilet - Wash and Dry Toilet

Clos-o-Mat - Teesside University

Teesside University is leading the field in health & wellbeing with an ‘all-inclusive’ approach to student needs.

The University is the first of its kind in the region - and possibly the first in the UK - to install and open a Changing Places assisted, accessible toilet. The facility is strategically located by the University’s new landmark building The Gym, next door to its state-of-art sports facilities.

The Changing Places toilet- supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s biggest provider of away from home toilet solutions for disabled people- features all the equipment now expected in a full-specification Changing Places to British Standards*. It therefore has 12m² of space, plus a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench and hoist. To further extend the room’s use for as many disabled people as possible, the University has also replaced the conventional peninsular WC with a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash and dry toilet with touch sensitive switch.

"In designing and specifying the new Centre, our sport & wellbeing team took professional advice from our disability team; they recommended a Changing Places as an industry standard. We were also conscious about the need to replace and upgrade a similar facility that served the old gym," explained Andy Maclaren, Teesside University Assistant Director Estates Services & Energy Procurement.

Under BS8300:2009, a Changing Places toilet is ‘desirable’ in buildings to which numbers of the public have access, including educational establishments. Its counterpart hygiene room is a requirement under Department of Education guidelines. With more space and specialist equipment, a Changing Places means that disabled people who need a carer to help them with their personal hygiene have an appropriate environment in which to deal with toilet needs.

*British Standard (BS8300: 2009) is minimum 3m x 4m with a ceiling height of 2.2m

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