“Do you need the toilet?” is a question that can be asked with more peace of mind by checking out the winners of 2013 Loo of the Year Awards ….
Thousands of entries from across the country competed for the Awards, for the best ‘away from home’ toilet facilities, including public toilets, accessible toilets and Changing Places accessible, assisted toilets. Overall UK winner was Brighton & Hove Council, with Asda winning the best corporate provider award, McDonalds the best accessible toilet, and The Look Out Discovery Centre the Award for England’s best Changing Places toilet.
“Decent, clean toilet facilities when we are away from home play a big role in our decision making process of where to go,” explains Mike Bone, Awards organiser. “The Loo of the Year Awards recognise and reward excellence in toilet provision, and are becoming increasingly acknowledged by leading toilet providers as the ultimate accolade. Entries grow in number year on year, as operators recognise that good toilet provision encourages more visitors.”
Robin Tuffley, marketing manager for Clos-o-Mat, one of the Awards’ sponsors, adds, “That part is even more important if you are disabled, or care for someone who is disabled: we take for granted that there will be facilities in any venue we visit, but if you need help to go to the toilet, that is not necessarily the case- but it should be.”
“The Loo of the Year Awards attract over 1400 entries annually. The Changing Places Toilet Entries Award was introduced six years ago, to recognise the growth of the accessible, assisted toilets- over 500 are now open across the UK- and that their installation is now ‘desirable’ under latest Building Regulations.
Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s leading supplier of disabled toileting solutions in and out of the home, including accessible hygiene rooms and Changing Places, sponsors the Changing Places category. Further, to enable disabled people and their carers to plan trips effectively, the company now has an interactive, searchable map found here, with all the Changing Places toilets in the UK thereon.