A ‘state of the art’ facility for children with physical and neurological impairments (PNI).

Hertfordshire County Council built Marriott & Lonsdale combined school complex, the latter being an all-age school with integral residential department for 84 disabled pupils, which delivers ‘excellent care, guidance and support [to] enable students to become confident, independent young people’.

To ensure Lonsdale pupils’ hygiene needs were achieved, wherever they were in the school building, en-suite bathrooms, accessible toilets and a hygiene room were installed, including 15 Palma Vita automatic ‘wash and dry’ toilets, 32 washbasins and 4 shower seats.

The Closomat Palma Vita wash and dry toilet looks like, and can be used as, a conventional WC, but additionally features in-built douching and drying. The features mean the user does not have to wipe clean – or be cleaned by a carer – thus improving independence, hygiene, and dignity.

An element of the original mission statement was that the project enabled the development of state-of-the-art facilities for PNI students and their families, who come from all over the county to benefit from the learning experience provided at Lonsdale,” explained Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Project Manager Steve Rowland. “Closomat toilets were specified from the start due to the existing Lonsdale school having some and having had good experience with them, We identified Closomat as the experts in this kind of thing; the company worked closely with us and supported us throughout to overcome any issues.

The inclusion of a hygiene room in addition to a suite of wash/dry toilets is a commitment to the ongoing health and well-being of both the students and staff of the school.

A hygiene room provides a safe and clean environment for people of all abilities to either toilet themselves or be taken to the loo. A fully specified room takes into consideration independent usage by making access clear with colour contrasting as well as carer led usage with all the equipment being height adjustable.