Leisure attractions whether indoors or outdoors make up a significant part of the UK tourist industry and for many families occupy a lot of their free leisure time. But what about people with severe or complex disabilities – people that need access to Changing Places toilets? These people are limited to the attractions listed on the CP toilet map and don’t have as many options when it comes to spending a full day out of the house at a leisure attraction.
Leisure attractions should prioritise installing a Changing Places toilet and join the growing number of inclusive tourist destinations around the UK.
The term leisure attraction or tourist attraction covers a really wide and diverse range of businesses and locations in the UK. From museums and art galleries to sites of historical interest, including family attractions such as zoos and theme parks. Some attractions may have a mixed-use or offer different types of experiences.
One such diverse attraction RISE worked with is Lappa Valley. Lappa Valley is a family attraction in Cornwall, based around steam trains. Visitors can ride around the park and enjoy other attractions such as the boating lake and soft play areas. We installed a Changing Places toilet in the newly built Engine Shed facility. Managing Director, Keith Southell knew that installing a Changing Places toilet was essential for the attraction to modernise and improve accessibility, saying:
“We wanted as many people as possible to enjoy the attractions here at Lappa Valley,” he says. “A Changing Places toilet is an absolute must at any tourist attraction looking to modernise and extend their invitation to all members of the community, no matter their ability.”
Other attractions may include educational attractions that are geared towards children. RISE have worked with two very different but equally fantastic educational museums/attractions – the National Space Centre in Leicester and Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland.
Both attractions were similar in some respect as in both cases we were working at well-established sites where there could have been difficulties finding a place to situate a new Changin Places toilet. Both attractions did a great job establishing where they could spare space to install new facilities and we adapted the existing spaces into fully kitted out Changing Places toilets within a couple of weeks.
Woodhorn was pleased they chose us to carry out the work as they found our turnkey service eliminated a lot of the project stress for them. Building Services Manager, Mark Wright said:
“Don’t just opt for a local supplier or builder — use a specialist. Using a company like RISE, eliminates most of the stress from your project, as you’re not chasing multiple suppliers or subcontractors. Everything’s taken care of for you.”
Another leisure attraction where we helped boost accessibility was at The National Botanic Garden of Wales in River Tywi valley. We were thrilled to work on such a nationally important site and the staff at the gardens were excited that they were able to open their doors to many more families.
If you read the case studies above, all real, successful leisure attractions, you will see the most common reasons for wanting to install a Changing Places toilet is simply because it is the right thing to do. A couple of clients we have worked with have had staff members who were particularly passionate about installing a toilet because they had family members with disabilities and understood how difficult it can be to find somewhere to go for a day trip when you are worried about accessibility.
Then others just see increasing accessibility as their moral duty – a tourist attraction should aim to be accessible to everyone. This is particularly important at attractions that showcase culture or heritage.
There are also good business reasons to install a Changing Places toilet at a leisure attraction too. Increasing accessibility will make your business more inviting to a greater number of customers. People with disabilities will be more tempted to visit knowing that they can access a clean, safe hygienic toilet. Even people that don’t have disabilities look at accessible business more favourably and are more willing to spend their hard-earned money with that attraction.
For leisure attractions wanting to install a Changing Places toilet, there are a couple of options available. The first option is to install a modular Changing Places pod. The convenient way to boost accessibility, our modular pods can be installed at a variety of locations very quickly once we have completed the groundworks. You can read more about modular Changing Places here.
The second option is where we excel – our experienced build team can turn any existing space into a brand new fully kitted out Changing Places toilet within a matter of weeks. We’ve adapted old locker rooms and refurnished old toilets into CP toilets in the past, the possibilities are endless. You can read more about Changing Places adaptions here.
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