A state-of-the-art toilet is playing its part in helping Birmingham City Council deliver 21st century services.
The new £188million Library of Birmingham will achieve optimum accessibility with the inclusion of a Changing Places hygiene room to complement around 20 other wheelchair-accessible WCs. The Changing Places toilet, on the lower ground floor of the building, makes the library the first Birmingham city centre local authority site to have the facility to accommodate anyone who needs the help of a carer to go to the toilet: the only other Changing Places toilet in the city centre is in Bullring shopping centre.
Supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s leading provider of disabled toileting solutions including hygiene rooms and Changing Places toilets, the Changing Places toilet is bigger than a standard wheelchair-accessible WC and features additional equipment of a hoist, height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, and a height adjustable washbasin.
Head of Project delivery for the Library of Birmingham Terry Perkins elaborated, “Even the old 1970s library was accessible as possible to people with disabilities, featuring, for example, magnifying glasses, and height adjustable reading tables. We were keen to ensure its replacement, the new Library of Birmingham, excelled in its delivery of accessible services, hence our decision to include a Changing Places toilet as well as conventional wheelchair-accessible toilets.”
Clos-o-Mat has a 50+ years-long proven track record on the supply and installation of fully accessible toilets, and hygiene rooms, including a substantial number of Changing Places facilities. Its ability to deliver design advice, supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance across the ambit of accessible toileting equipment, including the Clos-o-Mat wash and dry (automatic) toilet, means it is uniquely positioned to simplify the whole process for forward-thinking environments to which the public have access.
About the Library of Birmingham
The Library of Birmingham will be a major new cultural destination, rewriting the book for 21st century public libraries. It opens on Tuesday 3rd September 2013.
The Library of Birmingham will provide a showcase for the city’s internationally important collections of archives, photography and rare books. New facilities including state-of-the-art gallery space will open up public access to the collections for the first time. It will also be home to a BFI Mediatheque, providing free access to the National Film Archive. Other facilities will include a new flexible studio theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and other informal performance spaces, a recording studio, and dedicated spaces for children and teenagers. By harnessing new technology, everyone from Birmingham to Beijing, Bangalore and beyond will be able to access the Library of Birmingham’s world-class resources.
Described by its architect Francine Houben as a ‘people’s palace’, the Library of Birmingham will be highly accessible and family-friendly. It will deliver excellent services through collaboration between the library, The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, partners and communities. It will provide a dynamic mix of events, activities and performance together with outstanding resources, exhibitions and access to expert help for learning, information and culture. As a centre of excellence for literacy, research, study, skills development, entrepreneurship, creative expression, health information and much more, the Library of Birmingham will change people’s lives.