The government have announced changes to Approved Document M: Access to and use of buildings, Volume 2 – Buildings other than dwellings.
It details which new, large buildings, or those subject to a material change of use, commonly used by the public will be mandated to provide changing places.
The changes will take effect on 1 January 2021, with applications received prior to that date which commence within 2 months being exempt. Hopefully no one will look to exploit the exemption, and grants will be available.
The new rules will require 4m x 3m changing places (not standard part M toilets) to be provided to meet the needs of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis.
These toilets provide a dignified place and the right equipment for a disabled person & their career. Equipment includes a height adjustable adult-sized changing table, a tracking hoist system, adequate space, a peninsular WC with room either side and a safe and clean environment including tear off paper to cover the bench, a large waste bin and a non-slip floor.
The government estimates it will add the toilets to more than 150 new buildings a year and mean that around 250,000 severely Disabled people and their carers can enjoy shops, theatres, sports events, etc that the rest of us take for granted.
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