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Article Date: 6th October 2016

Clos-o-Mat - Wetherspoon’s Lifeboat to the Rescue for Special Needs

JD Wetherspoon - Assisted Accessible Toilet - Wheelchair-Accessible Toilet

Clos-o-Mat - JD Wetherspoon's

Residents of and visitors to one of Lancashire’s most popular resort towns can be sure all their needs are met at the new JD Wetherspoon pub in Formby.

The Lifeboat - formerly the town’s Conservative Club and named by local residents to reflect the town’s historic association with the RNLI - opens its doors this summer and features the first Changing Places assisted accessible toilet in the town.

Supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat, the Changing Places means children and adults who need a carer’s help with their personal hygiene has the appropriate space and equipment to do so hygienically. The alternative would be to curtail their visit, lie their loved one on the toilet floor to change them, or not be able to enjoy a relaxing drink and meal out with friends and family.

Bigger than conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet, the Changing Places also has a hoist, adult-sized height adjustable changing bench and privacy screen as standard. JD Wetherspoon has conveniently located it adjacent to The Lifeboat’s other WC facilities. Users simply need a RADAR key to enter.

JD Wetherspoon Property Development Manager Paul Gillings explained, "As a company we pride ourselves on the quality of our toilet facilities, and have won national awards for them. Toilets make a big difference to customers’ enjoyment of our venues. It is key therefore that we address all of our clients’ toilet needs as far as possible, hence our inclusion of Changing Places toilets wherever we can. And we know Clos-o-Mat will project manage that whole element for us, efficiently delivering a fully compliant facility."

A Changing Places toilet is ‘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. So far, over 850 Changing Places have been opened at venues across the country.

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