Changing Places Toilets

Astor Bannerman manufactures and installs the full range of Changing Places toilet equipment
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changing places toilets

Astor Bannerman manufactures and installs the full range of Changing Places toilet equipment
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Changing Places Toilets are fully accessible toilets designed to bring major, life enhancing freedoms to 14.1 million disabled people and 250,000 with complex needs in the UK who are unable to use a standard toilet.

What is a Changing Places Toilet?

Changing Places toilets are designed to be completely accessible, providing sufficient space and equipment for people who are not able to use the toilet independently. They must be an extra facility, in addition to accessible toilets for independent use.

A Changing Places toilet offers significantly more room than a standard accessible toilet, with a recommended minimum size of three metres by four metres and a ceiling height of at least 2.4 metres.

This extra space accommodates necessary equipment and provides room for up to two carers, ensuring comprehensive accessibility and support.

People with conditions such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis often rely on Changing Places toilets to meet their needs.

Typically, these facilities include:

Requirement Recommended Product
Ceiling track hoist (full room coverage) The Astor OT200 Hoist
Adult sized height adjustable changing table The Astor Invincible
Peninsular WC Standard Doc M Toilet
Height adjustable wash basin Astor ABW-CP
Privacy Screen Kwickscreen
Grab rails and drop-down support rails Hewi support bars & handrails
Hygiene Room In Schools
Regulations and Requirements

With the incorporation of Changing Places into Approved Document M of the Government Building Regulation since January 2021, there’s now a mandatory inclusion of Changing Places toilets in various project types.

Changes to Approved Document M stipulate that over 150 new buildings annually must now incorporate Changing Places toilets by law. This requirement applies to new constructions or major refurbishments in settings such as shopping centres, hospitals, stadiums, leisure centres, and venues for assembly, recreation, and entertainment, catering to 350 or more individuals.

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Accredited CPD Training | Changing Places

 

Our free CPD session covers the latest regulations, building standards, and required equipment for compliance followed by a focused Q&A session.

Applicable For: Primarily aimed at architects and contractors but also applicable to NHS trusts, local authorities, procurement managers and surveyors.

Duration: One hour in total including Q&A session.

Lunch: Provided for face-to-face CPD sessions.

Certification: Attendees will receive a certificate that can be credited towards their CPD hours.

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Why Choose Astor Bannerman?

A UK manufacturer with more than 30 years’ experience 

Free expert design, specification and planning advice

Products specifically for Changing Places

The full product range, experienced installers and comprehensive after care

Support throughout the project

Why Choose Astor Bannerman?

A UK manufacturer with more than 30 years’ experience 

Free expert design, specification and planning advice

Products specifically for Changing Places

The full product range, experienced installers and comprehensive after care

Support throughout the project

View our Changing Places Equipment

Astor Bannerman are the only UK manufacturer to produce the full range of capital equipment specified in a Changing Places Toilet (CPT). Details on our product range suitable for Changing Placed toilets are available below, alternatively should you wish to discuss your requirements with one of our specialists please contact us here.

Add the NBS specification for a complete Changing Places Toilet (with shower) below:

Changing Places Toilet At The National History Museum London

Add the NBS specification for a complete Changing Places Toilet (no shower) below:

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Add the NBS specification for a complete Modular Changing Places Toilet below:

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Project Management & Delivery Options

There are several options for installing and managing the project of Changing Places Toilets to cater to different needs and circumstances.

Supply & Fit: This option involves the installation of equipment into a prepared room. It includes specifying the required equipment, offering layout advice, advising on pre-installation requirements, and completing the full installation of the equipment.

Read more: Barclays Campus, Glasgow.

Turnkey Solutions: This comprehensive service manages the entire Changing Places build project from start to finish. It covers applications to building control, planning, in-house building contracting, addressing all service requirements, equipment installation, and room finishing.

Read more: The Selsey Centre.

Modular Changing Places Toilets: Ideal for situations where there is no existing suitable room, this one-stop solution involves a craned-in turnkey setup with all equipment fitted offsite. It offers a bespoke, branded solution for the client with a 35-year life expectancy. The modular option can be standalone or connected to an existing building and includes all necessary equipment, access ramps, heating, superior insulation, and groundworks.

Read more.

Project Management & Delivery Options

There are several options for installing and managing the project of Changing Places Toilets to cater to different needs and circumstances.

Supply & Fit: This option involves the installation of equipment into a prepared room. It includes specifying the required equipment, offering layout advice, advising on pre-installation requirements, and completing the full installation of the equipment.

Read more: Barclays Campus, Glasgow.

Turnkey Solutions: This comprehensive service manages the entire Changing Places build project from start to finish. It covers applications to building control, planning, in-house building contracting, addressing all service requirements, equipment installation, and room finishing.

Read more: The Selsey Centre.

Modular Changing Places Toilets: Ideal for situations where there is no existing suitable room, this one-stop solution involves a craned-in turnkey setup with all equipment fitted offsite. It offers a bespoke, branded solution for the client with a 35-year life expectancy. The modular option can be standalone or connected to an existing building and includes all necessary equipment, access ramps, heating, superior insulation, and groundworks.

Read more.

International Changing Places

We are dedicated to enhancing accessibility and dignity for people with disabilities through our international Changing Places Toilets. These facilities, featuring adult changing tables and hoisting solutions, are crucial for providing safe and comfortable environments for those with severe physical disabilities. Our installations span iconic locations like the Sydney Opera House – Australia, Citi Field (home of the New York Mets), Windsor Castle, and Wimbledon, showcasing our commitment to global accessibility.

Our ability to support our customers on a global scale is built on a foundation of over 30 years of experience in patient handling and care. From product design through to installation and ongoing maintenance and support, our extensive experience has enabled us to build an international offering that is second to none.

Although manufactured in the UK, our products are available for worldwide installation.

Contact us to learn how we can help make your venue more inclusive with our state-of-the-art accessibility solutions.

 

Featured: The Institution Of Structural Engineers

We are thrilled to announce our contribution to this comprehensive publication by the Institution of Structural Engineers!

As advocates for enhancing inclusivity in built environments, we’re proud to have contributed our expertise to this invaluable resource.

If you’re involved in structural engineering or the built environment, this guide is a must-have.

Pre Install Support

We will work with you, your architect or your building contractor to recommend a solution, and provide a full quotation with product detail breakdown, accompanied by a site specific detailed drawing of the room layout. Quotations are provided free of charge and with no obligation.

Contact one of our specialist advisors to discuss your project requirements

The Changing Places Consortium have published detailed requirements for Changing Places Toilets, including specifications for everything from room size to placement of soap dispensers. These requirements must be followed to ensure that the toilet can be officially registered as a Changing Places Toilet. With so much to think about, it can be easy to make mistakes during the initial planning and design stages which can affect compliance, including with things as basic as soil pipe placement or the location of an electrical spur. Our Changing Places Toilet Project Managers are experienced in the planning and design of these fully accessible toilets, can give advice at every stage, and are aware of common pitfalls.

We can assist in the planning and design stages by offering:

  • Full turnkey solution
  • One-to-one project support and advice
  • Specifications, BIM and CAD files
  • Site-specific detailed drawings
  • Knowledge of the latest building regulations and recognised standards
  • Design troubleshooting
  • CPD training for Architects and Contractors

Contact our team to discuss your project

Our nationwide team of fully trained and qualified engineers and installers will ensure the highest level of quality installation, commissioning and repair of your equipment anywhere in the UK as required.

Contact one of our specialist advisors to discuss your project requirements

Post Install Services

A crucial part of any Changing Places installation is telling people that it is available, and ensuring people can find it.  Getting it officially registered means that it will appear on the Changing Places Toilet Map used by thousands across the UK to both locate Changing Places and allow users to plan their journeys with Changing Places in mind. It is also important to have the correct signage both on the door and in the vicinity to direct people to it.  Our expert team is on hand to support you with this.

Contact one of our specialist advisors to discuss your project requirements

We offer staff training at all levels to enable employees to use, maintain and check the Changing Places Toilet and its equipment. This helps to ensure that it is operating optimally at all times and that people using the facility are supported effectively.

Read more about staff training

Our products are covered by a warranty (please check the details of the specific equipment for full terms and conditions). We can ensure your equipment provides many years’ worry-free use and offer a range of service and maintenance packages ranging from 1 to 10 years, including 6 monthly LOLER testing where appropriate.

Contact one of our specialist advisors to discuss your requirements

When you are ready to open your Changing Places Toilet, our experienced team is here to help you to make your Changing Places Toilet launch a success. Through social media, website blogs, case studies and a launch event, we can help to ensure that your Changing Places Toilet gets noticed, helping to drive the purple pound to your venue and support your local community with well needed facilities.

Contact one of our specialist advisors to discuss your project requirements

About Changing Places Toilets

From January 2021 a major change to building regulations in England was brought in, that requires Changing Places (at least 12m2, well-equipped accessible toilet facilities) to be designed and built into new (or those subject to significant redevelopment) public buildings above a certain size.

At least one changing places toilet is to be provided in the following:

  • Assembly, recreation and entertainment buildings with a capacity for 350 or more people; or a collection of smaller buildings associated with a site used for assembly, recreation or entertainment, such as zoos, theme parks and venues for sport and exhibitions, with a capacity of 2000 people or more;
  • Shopping centres/malls or retail parks with a gross floor area of 30,000m2 or more;
  • Retail premises with a gross floor area of 2500m2 or more
  • Sport and leisure buildings with a gross floor area more than 5000m2
  • Hospitals and primary care centres
  • Crematoria and cemetery buildings

Places of assembly, recreation and entertainment can be defined as buildings such as:

  • amusement arcades;
  • art galleries;
  • cinemas;
  • concert halls;
  • conference centres;
  • further education colleges;
  • hotels that provide function, sport or leisure facilities;
  • libraries open to the public;
  • motorway service areas;
  • museums;
  • places of worship;
  • theatres;
  • university buildings open to the public;

or any other buildings or sites as defined by these thresholds, which are open to the public and used for the purpose of assembly, recreation or entertainment.

For more information visit www.gov.uk

The Government confirmed in March 2021 that £30m of funding to increase the number of Changing Places toilets in England will be distributed by local authorities.

The funding will be delivered through a multi-year programme of opt-in formula grant allocations to unitary and district authorities. Applications are now open and must be submitted by Local Authorities by 26th September 2021. Organisations and venues wanting to install a Changing Places toilet are being encouraged to get in touch with their relevant local authority to register their interest.

Read about the latest announcement

Changing Places toilets are larger than standard disabled/accessible toilets and include additional equipment and items which allow people with various and complex disabilities to the use the toilet safely and comfortably.  It is important that these features are all installed to make sure the toilet meets requirements and is suitable for those who need it most.

REQUIRED CHANGING PLACES EQUIPMENT:

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The British Standard BS8300-2-2018 Code of Practice states that Changing Places toilets should be provided in addition to standard accessible toilets and baby changing facilities. They should be in all new publicly accessible buildings such as transport hubs, shopping centres, concert halls, hospitals, church halls, educational facilities, residential establishments, civic centres, arenas and stadiums.

The team at Astor Bannerman are experts in the provision of Changing Places toilets and accessible design, on hand to guide you through the planning stage, installation and maintenance of the facility.

Typical Changing Places toilet design for a 3x4m (12sqm) room.

The Changing Places campaign is a campaign for fully accessible toileting facilities, with the aim of making venues of all types more accessible for all. The Changing Places Consortium is made up of MDUKCAE and PAMIS and was set up in 2006 to campaign on behalf of the over 1/4 of a million people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, as well as older people. Along with campaigners and organisations such as Aveso, the campaign has been instrumental in driving change, including changes to UK Building Regulations and the introduction of Government funding for Changing Places.

Training for Changing Places Toilets

We offer a range of training and support options to enable you to plan, design and install the best and most appropriate equipment for your Changing Places Toilet project. 

How can we help?

Our skilled team have many years’ experience of planning and installing equipment within Changing Places Toilets. Please do get in touch if you need help or advice.

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