Children with disabilities are benefitting from an innovative approach to adapting their environment.

Cornwall Council has commissioned facilities management provider CORMAC Ltd to deliver value-added adaptations to school premises, to accommodate specific special needs pupil requirements.

To enable the children to integrate into primary and secondary mainstream schools as far as possible, alterations have ranged from simply adding a ceiling track hoist in a toilet, through inclusion of Closomat Palma Vita wash & dry toilets and creation of a full hygiene/medical room, to adding specialist platform and wheelchair lifts, all provided by Closomat.

In total, 19 schools were jointly surveyed with Occupational Therapists in order to devise and execute a plan for each that would address and solve the medical, pastoral and access needs of new pupils with disabilities to participate in school life with minimal effort.

All works were to be carried out within a tight timeframe in order to minimise impact on school activity. CORMAC utilised its extensive surfacing contracting teams to deliver path and ramp accessibility improvements as well as its internal disabled aid refurbishment teams working in par tnership with Closomat.

We wanted to use a specialist supplier capable of delivering a diverse range of adaptations within challenging timescales

explained CORMAC Contracts Manager Andy Medlin.

Closomat demonstrated proven reliability in terms of delivery, excellent customer service, equipment and technical support.

Closomat is Britain’s leading provider of solutions to deliver optimum independence in the bathroom for disabled people, young and old. It is also now the UK’s leading provider of hygiene rooms, care suites and appropriate accessible toilets in educational buildings, meeting the growing number of pupils with special educational needs – now 1:20 in mainstream schools, and 10% of fur ther/higher education students.

Founded over 50 years ago, Closomat is unique in its field, in that it manufactures in the UK, and also provides design advice, sales, technical and subsequent service & maintenance support, in-house. Details of all the products, options, plus white papers on sector-specific accessible toilet compliance and specification, CAD blocks, and 3D renders, can be found here.