The accessible toilet opened as part of the centre’s on-going review of facilities to enable all customers to enjoy the shopping destination.
The new Changing Places room, located on the Middle East Mall, delivers more comprehensive toileting facilities than the existing nine accessible toilets. With equipment supplied by the UK’s leading disabled toileting solutions provider, Clos-o-Mat, the Changing Places toilet has space to accommodate the user and up to two carers, a changing bench, hoist, washbasin and peninsular toilet.
Tim Walley, General Manager at Bullring, commented, “Bullring is one of the most visited shopping centres in the UK, welcoming over 38million customers a year. Therefore we aim to provide the very best services and facilities. The Changing Places facility enables all our visitors to enjoy Bullring at their ease.”
Added Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager, “People go to the toilet about eight times a day, and make a conscious decision to visit places where there are suitable toilets. A Changing Places toilet means thousands of people who need more space and/or special equipment can enjoy things most of us take for granted- like a trip to the shops. Their need is recognised: over 500 have now been installed across the UK, helping us become an accessible, inclusive society.”
Under the new (2013) Building Regulations, it is now ‘desirable’ to include a hygiene room/ Changing Places toilet in buildings to which the public have access ie a room that is minimum 12m2, and includes additional toilet equipment of an adult sized changing bench, hoist and privacy screen. It is intended to meet the toilet needs of the UK’s ¼+ million people need help to toilet.
Clos-o-Mat is the UK’s biggest manufacturer and supplier of disabled toileting solutions, and the most experienced in provision of hygiene rooms and Changing Places accessible toilets. Founded 50 years ago, the company was the first UK supplier of automatic (wash and dry) toilets. It has, in-house, the ability to deliver comprehensive design advice, supply, installation, commissioning, and after-sales service & maintenance, giving service providers a ‘one-stop shop’ for their accessible toilet requirements.
Clos-o-Mat manufactures the Clos-o-Mat wash and dry automatic toilet, the only unit of its type developed specifically for disabled people: since the WC’s concept was initially developed, Clos-o-Mat has sold over 40,000, many of which are still in daily use 30 years after first being fitted.