A redevelopment central to the new cultural quarter in Halifax is delivering first-class facilities, for all, right through to its toilets!
The town’s Square Chapel Arts Centre reaches over 30,000 people a year with shows, events and workshops. Its Grade II listed home for the past 27 years is being redeveloped and extended, so the new Cornerstone building can continue the venue’s prominence in helping make the town one of the fastest growing cultural tourism destinations in England. The scheme includes a new café bar, auditorium incorporating a cinema, foyer and dressing rooms.
To open the venue to everyone, architects Evans Vettori and access consultant Alison Grant worked in partnership with Closomatt to deliver optimum accessibility for visitor and performer personal hygiene. Thus, three dressing rooms on the lower ground floor and one backstage have en-suite accessible shower and toilet facilities, and a full-specification Changing Places assisted, accessible toilet facility installed in the main building as part of a new toilet block for visitors.
“From the outset, the redevelopment has had a primary objective of delivering inclusive access for all performers and visitors to the building,” explained Alison. “The provision of a Changing Places supports that ethos. I’ve worked with Closomat before: its team is able to bring valuable technical support at the design stage, and can supply, install, and commission the equipment in the Changing Places.”