Optimising Accessibility

More than 2million people have trouble accessing bathroom facilities in buildings, largely because of problems with mobility1. A portfolio of resources is making it easier for architects to get it right…

Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leading authority in the provision of disabled toilet facilities in and out of the home, has added Fastrack CAD to its specification options. This compliments the array of drawings that can already be accessed via the company’s website, NBS and RIBA Product Selector.

Now, CAD blocks, plus full technical specification clauses/criteria, for an accessible toilet, hygiene room and a Changing Places facility are all available for quick and easy download.

The blocks are complimented on Clos-o-Mat’s website by a raft of typical room layouts and white papers giving additional design guidance.

Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat Marketing Manager, explains:

“The Equality Act requires that providers make reasonable adjustments to the built environment to accommodate disabled people, before any difficulty is experienced: this places greater emphasis on the need to correctly specify accessible toilet facilities at the design stage. There is still a lack of knowledge about what is required for the various types of accessible washrooms: even many conventional supposedly Document M compliant accessible toilets are not correctly designed and executed.

“A well written specification can enhance project delivery and save money. We are endeavouring to help designers get it right and build an accessible, inclusive away from home environment.”

Since its foundation 50+ years ago, Clos-o-Mat has become the country’s leading provider of disabled toilet solutions in and out of the home. It is the only company in its field that can provide, in-house, design guidance, technical support, product supply, install, commissioning and after-sales service & maintenance on creation of a domestic accessible toilet through to an assisted, accessible Changing Places facility.