Changing Places helps zoo achieve accessibility

Changing Places helps zoo achieve accessibility

The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust has opened its first Changing Places assisted accessible toilet at a zoo as part of a programme of alterations to enhance accessibility.

Supplied and installed by Closomat, the new facility forms part of a new accessible toilet block, and includes an adult-sized changing bench, ceiling track hoist and privacy screen alongside the conventional equipment found in a wheelchair-accessible WC. 

It means anyone, regardless of disability, can now visit the zoo knowing there are appropriate toilet facilities for them.

Mike Finnegan, Newquay Zoo’s operations manager, said: “We have brought in mobile accessible facilities a few times in the past. 

“The number of people responding positively each time reinforced our belief that the right thing to do was to build something permanent. It allows greater accessibility for more people, and breaks down barriers.”

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