Changing Places: key design considerations

Proposed RIBA Curriculum Topic: Inclusive environments

Standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability.  People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis often need extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably. These needs are met by Changing Places toilets which is a standard for inclusive design that is being considered for inclusion in new public buildings through the Northern Irish building regulations.  Changing Places facilities include changing benches, hoists, privacy screens and space for two carers. 

To help prepare for this change, RSUA has partnered with Changing Places experts Sync Living to deliver this seminar to equip architects with the knowledge they’ll need to deliver this important improvement for people with a disability.

Course content

This seminar will cover:

  • Introduction to Changing Places standards
  • Key considerations in designing Changing Places facilities
  • How to achieve compliance with BS8300-2:2018
  • Questions and answers

Speaker info

Andrew Smyth of Sync Living has over 10 years’ experience specifying, installing and providing expert guidance regarding Changing Places Toilet Facilities and Automatic Toilets.  Andrew has overseen successful installation of multiple inclusive facilities in public buildings, museums, sporting venues and schools, such as Belfast International Airport, Trinity College Dublin, Ebrington Barracks, Derry~Londonderry, and Victoria Square, Belfast.