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Heartlands

HeartlandsPutting heritage for all at the heart of investment

A £35 MILLION PROJECT that forms part of a World Heritage Site is truly accessible to all – through investment in a new toilet.

Social enterprise Heartlands Cornwall will deliver a unique cultural space for the local community and visitors, combining areas in which to live, play, work and learn, across 19 acres of disused mine land which is part of the Cornwall & West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site.

To ensure Heartlands Cornwall can be enjoyed by everyone, the development team has had a Changing Places toilet installed next to the disabled car parking spaces. Installed by Total Hygiene, the UK's leading supplier of disabled toileting solutions and sponsor of the Changing Places campaign for fully accessible toilets, the room has adequate space in the changing area for the user and up to two carers, a height adjustable adult sized changing bench and tracking/mobile hoist.

Heartlands Cornwall's Kirsty Davies explained, "During the design phase there was a lot of consultation work with community groups. A great need was expressed for facilities such as Changing Places, especially as they are not in abundance in this area. It means that more people can visit, relax and enjoy the centre, knowing there are appropriate facilities for them."

Since the Changing Places campaign began, over 350 of the accessible toilets have been installed across the UK, in venues including shopping centres, museums, airports and wildlife parks. The provision of a Changing Places toilet is 'good practice' under BS8300:2009, BS6465-4 and the Department of Transport's code of practice for accessible train station design.

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