Changing place changes lives in Liverpool

Part of a £10m regeneration of a World Heritage Site is ‘raising the bar’ in provision in public toilets through its approach to accessibility.

The new Pier Head Ferry Terminal – home of the famous ferries across the Mersey and Beatles story attraction – includes best practice for access for the disabled through detail such as shop layout, colour contrasts and door widths and innovative ‘Changing Places Changing Lives’ toilet facilities. The disabled public convenience as a result features:

  • hoist
  • changing table
  • shower
  • The room also includes a Closomat ‘wash and dry’ toilet and Aerolet vertical toilet lift

Merseytravel chief executive Neil Scales said,

Merseytravel in its drive to be a world class organisation is fully committed to providing maximum flexibility to meet our travellers’ needs and providing fully inclusive facilities as far as possible, particularly as research shows people will make a decision NOT to go somewhere if they feel they cannot find and use a safe, clean toilet.

Closomat ‘wash and dry’ toilets are widely used throughout Europe, and are all manufactured to relevant Standards, with the company OHAS18001 and ISO14001 certified. Almost 40,000 units are installed in the UK alone, some of which have been in service for over three decades, demonstrating the equipment’s build quality and practicality. Units are installed in locations as diverse as individual’s homes through shopping centres and hospitals to care homes and even on a tall ship!

Full details of the units, accessories and additional aids to optimise toilet accessibility are available on request.