Changing Place facilities are now becoming the standard requirement in lots of buildings across the UK. They provide a better level of accessibility for disabled users so they can have a safe and dignified experience in public areas.
With this change, existing buildings will and can upgrade their disabled facilities to include a Changing Place.
In March the government announced that £30 million will be going to the Changing Places Fund which will be launched to increase the provision of Changing Places toilets in existing public buildings.
So how much does a Changing Place cost to put in your building?
What specialist equipment is needed in a Changing Place?
As specified by the BS8300-2:2018 regulations, there are certain items that need to be included in a Changing Place for it to be classed as one. Here’s what you need to have:
- An overhead hoist system
- A height-adjustable changing bench
- A toilet (with at least one metre of space on either side for carers)
- A sink
- A privacy screen
- A wide paper tear-off roll
- A waste bin
- A shower
- Be at least 3m x 4m in size
Your Changing Place must include all these features to be a registered facility. If any Changing Places supplier doesn’t offer you all these things in your design, then it will not be classed as an actual Changing Place.
You can find out more about Changing Places standards in our Compliance Checklist. It provides a step-by-step guide to ensure your facility ticks the boxes to be officially registered:
How much does a Changing Place cost?
With all the equipment included as well as its installation, your Changing Place price will be around £12,000 to £15,000. This varies depending on the specification of the equipment you choose.
Clients who are looking at getting the basic options for their Changing Places will be looking at a price around the £12,000 mark. For example, you might choose a cheaper free-standing height adjustable changing bench rather than a fixed one.
The same can be said for other items like having a standard fixed washbasin instead of a height-adjustable one and having a standard toilet rather than a specialist model. You can save money on your Changing Place by choosing cheaper equipment.
As mentioned above, these Changing Places costs include both the supply and installation of the equipment in a package deal. If you choose to buy the equipment and assign contractors separately, then you could well be paying more money for your facility.
What equipment should I get in my Changing Place?
It very much depends on what you want as the client, but we tend to recommend that you choose higher spec equipment to make your Changing Place easier to use. Bearing in mind that the user will be a disabled person and one or two carers, we think having better equipment in place will make it as quick and easy as possible for everyone involved.
Higher spec equipment will also be better quality and will last longer than a cheaper alternative.
We always suggest that you choose a fixed height adjustable changing bench; these can then be flipped up against the wall when they’re not in use to save space.
We also suggest that you have a height-adjustable sink rather than a standard one so that wheelchair users can adjust the height of it and fit their knees comfortable under the basin.
These little things might cost you a bit more money, but they make it much easier for the end-user and their carer(s).
A decent Changing Place will cost between £12,000 and £15,000 including the equipment and the installation. But by choosing to install a Changing Place, you could end up bringing extra custom to your facilities as more disabled users will be inclined to use them.