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Article Date: 22nd November 2016

Clos-o-Mat - ‘Rolls-Royce’ of Toilets Opens Pub Doors to All

Accessible Toilets - JD Wetherspoon - Wheelchair-Accessible - Ceiling Hoist

Clos-o-Mat - Sandford House

A ‘Rolls-Royce” of accessible toilets has opened its doors, at a Cambridgeshire pub.

JD Wetherspoon has completed a £2.8m upgrade and refurbishment of Sandford House, and the adjacent George Hall, in Huntingdon, to create its new pub restaurant and 20+ bedroomed hotel. Once the home of Charles Sandford Windover, coachbuilder for royalty and Rolls-Royce, the venue reflects that history in its décor.

And the venue is fully accessible, through to a Changing Places assisted wheelchair-accessible toilet facility, conveniently located just off the main bar area and accessed via RADAR key.

"You could say a Changing Places is the Rolls-Royce of toilets," says Robin Tuffley, marketing manager for the toilet facility’s supplier and installer, Clos-o-Mat. "It goes above and beyond what a conventional wheelchair accessible toilet provides: it gives plenty of space, and has an adult-sized changing bench, and full X/Y ceiling track hoist so a carer can position their loved one with precision anywhere they need to in the room.

"Without a Changing Places, there isn’t the space or equipment required by up to 5million people who need extra help with their intimate care. For many, their options without a Changing Places are either having to remain in a soiled nappy, lie on a toilet floor to be changed."

Adds Paul Gillings, Wetherspoon’s development manager, said, "Pubs traditionally are the focal point of any community. As a company we aim to ensure that all members of a community, including those with disabilities, can access and enjoy what we have to offer."

Wetherspoon’s is the UK’s only major pub chain to install Changing Places toilets in its venues where possible. The toilets are ‘desirable’ under Building Regulations Approved Document M 2015, and BS8300:2009, for all new build and refurbishment projects involving buildings to which numbers of the public have access. Under British Standards, a Changing Places provides a minimum 12m², and includes a peninsular toilet, washbasin, height-adjustable adult-sized changing bench, privacy screen and ceiling track hoist. Over 850 are open across the UK.

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