Changing Places Toilet opens at Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre
A new Changing Places Toilet (CPT) is opening at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Arundel in time for the half term holiday.
As part of the programme to deliver CPTs across the district, we have been working with WWT Arundel Wetland Centre to install fabulous new facilities which will enable so many more people to experience and enjoy their centre.
A Changing Places Toilets is larger than standard accessible toilets with extra features and more space. They are generally designed for assisted use, for example with a carer. The facilities have been built in place of the old on-site theatre. This project has been on the wish list for the centre since 2011.
Previous Arundel Wetland Centre Manager Tim McGregor applied for funding for the Changing Places Toilet from Arun District Council via the UK Department for Levelling Up Funding, Housing and Communities and Muscular Dystrophy UK . WWT matched the CPT grant received, with donations from “Bassil Shippam and Alsford Trust”, “Chapman Charitable Trust” and “National Lottery Awards for All” which enabled them to facilitate construction work to house the facility.
Sue Payne, Facilities Manager at Arundel Wetland Centre, oversaw the project and said: "The CPT has a height adjustable changing bench, an X/Y Ceiling track hoist with spreader bar, a height adjustable sink, a peninsular toilet, a colostomy shelf, grabs rails and a retractable privacy screen. We chose Astor Bannerman to build our CPT and they have delivered a quality installation. This facility will make such a difference to us. We will be able to offer our services wider and will enjoy welcoming so many people who wouldn’t have been able to visit us before.”
Cllr Shaun Gunner, Leader of the Council said: “This is a great addition to the centre, and I am so delighted that many more schools and organisations will be able to visit the WWT and so many people will be able to enjoy this nature haven. We are pleased to say that this this is the first of several more Changing Places Toilets that will be delivered across the district, making the area more accessible for more people.”
The CPT is located near the entrance to the visitor centre and will be accessed by visitors who require a RADAR key. You do not have to have an admission ticket to use this facility all though it is only open during our regular hours of 10am-4.30pm. CPT is not for use of visitors who only require a wheelchair-accessible toilet.
More information can be found here: Changing places toilet opens this May | WWT