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‘Changing places’- what it means

  • Kelvin Grimes

For designers and specifiers of public environments, compliance with latest regulations and guidelines is being simplified, with a new CPD on specific aspects of accessible building design.

Under the revised BS8300:2009, most buildings to which the public have access, from civic buildings through hotels to leisure facilities, should include a ‘Changing Places’ facility- an assisted, accessible toilet. The latest Building Regulations Approved Document M also states such a facility is ‘desirable’ for inclusion.

The presentation addresses exactly what Changing Places are, the rationale behind them, the considerations for creating them, and the equipment and services needed to comply, helping the industry understand what is required, and how it can be achieved.

We know from our experience as market leader in disabled toileting that specifiers are increasingly aware of the concept of ‘Changing Places’ but unsure how to comply with the guidelines and Regulations. It is therefore logical for us to give decision makers the knowledge they need, backed up with experience gained from scores of Changing Places installations, be it supply of equipment or complete project management, installation, commissioning and ingoing service & maintenance.

“There are 11m registered disabled people in the UK. Our population is ageing. Changing Places toilets are designed to enable anyone who needs the help of a carer to go to the toilet when away from home in an appropriate environment, with appropriate equipment.

The Changing Places CPD can be booked by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephoning Closomat on 0161 969 1199.

Closomat Limited, Building 1, Brooklands Place, Brooklands Road, Sale Cheshire, M33 3SD