An architect is urging her colleagues to start with what suits most and work backwards, when it comes to accessible toilet specification.
Inclusive specialist architect, blogger and mother of a child with special needs, Vaila Morrison maintains that current Building Regulations fail to address what meets the needs of everyone. A more ‘universal’ approach to a Document M-compliant wheelchair-accessible WC would enable tens of thousands more people to access a venue.
Under latest Building Regulations and good practice guidelines, a Changing Places toilet is ‘desirable’ in buildings to which numbers of the public have access. Since their introduction a decade ago, over 900 have been opened across the UK. Space To Change toilets plug the gap between conventional (Building Regulations Approved Document M 2013) wheelchair-accessible toilets, and the ‘desirable’, additional, larger and better equipped Changing Places toilets, being an enlarged wheelchair-accessible toilet that further includes an adult-sized changing bench and a hoist.
Clos-o-Mat was the original sponsor of the Changing Places campaign, and has helped campaigners develop the Space to Change concept.