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Wetherspoon’s Lifeboat to the rescue for special needs

Residents of and visitors to one of Lancashire’s most popular resort towns can be sure all their needs are met at the new JD Wetherspoon pub in Formby.

Wetherspoons Lifeboat External

The Lifeboat- formerly the town’s Conservative Club and named by local residents to reflect the town’s historic association with the RNLI- opens its doors this summer and features the first Changing Places assisted accessible toilet in the town.

Supplied and installed by Closomat, the Changing Places means children and adults who needs a carer’s help with their personal hygiene has the appropriate space and equipment to do so hygienically. The alternative would be to curtail their visit, lie their loved one on the toilet floor to change them, or not be able to enjoy a relaxing drink and meal out with friends and family.

Bigger than conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet, the Changing Places also has a hoist, adult-sized height adjustable changing bench and privacy screen as standard. JD Wetherspoon has conveniently located it adjacent to The Lifeboat’s other WC facilities. Users simply need a RADAR key to enter.

Wetherspoons Lifeboat InternalJD Wetherspoon Property Development Manager Paul Gillings explained, “As a company we pride ourselves on the quality of our toilet facilities, and have won national awards for them. Toilets make a big difference to customers’ enjoyment of our venues. It is key therefore that we address all of our clients’ toilet needs as far as possible, hence our inclusion of Changing Places toilets wherever we can. And we know Closomat will project manage that whole element for us, efficiently delivering a fully compliant facility.”

A Changing Places toilet is ‘desirable’ under Building Regulations Approved Document M 2015, and BS8300:2009, for all new build and refurbishment projects involving buildings to which numbers of the public have access. So far, over 850 Changing Places have been opened at venues across the country.

Closomat is the leading player in the supply and installation of the away from home assisted accessible toilet facilities. Its ability to deliver design advice, project management, supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance across the ambit of accessible toileting equipment means it is uniquely provide a reliable, single source for the whole process. Further, its website www.clos-o-mat.com, is an essential reference point for anyone considering installing a Changing Places toilet, offering white paper, 2D and 3D CAD drawings, standard layouts, and video.

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