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In recent years, Changing Places design has undergone a number of changes, adapting to the evolving needs and expectations of diverse communities. With a heightened focus on inclusivity and accessibility, there has been a surge in the popularity of including modular Changing Places, ensuring outdoor venues can cater for complex disability needs.
Not only are Changing Places evolving in how they are installed, there has also been an emerging trend where venues are becoming more creative in choosing vibrant exterior and interior designs, featuring bespoke wall graphics to make them a more comfortable environment.
This blog explores both of these developments in Changing Places design, as well as giving real life examples of how these have been implemented in Changing Places across the UK.
Modular buildings have emerged as a game-changer in Changing Places design, both from a construction and installation point of view. Pre-fabricated in controlled factory settings, this type of design allows for increased efficiency, reduced construction time, and improved quality control. In the shape of Changing Places, modular construction is particularly beneficial, as internal installations often require modifications to existing buildings or need to be installed in locations with limited space.
Internal Changing Places often face issues around planning permissions, so using a modular building gives venues more flexibility, as they can be situated wherever needed to provide accessible toilet facilities for disabled users. Installed in half a day onto a prepared base with services already in place, modular Changing Places offer a flexible and customisable solution for accessible toilets.
Architects and designers can easily incorporate features like wider doorways, spacious layouts, and specialised equipment within the modular design. These buildings can be constructed to be temporary or permanent, making them ideal for both indoor and outdoor locations, such as parks, shopping centres, stadiums, and transportation hubs.
With modular Changing Places helping venues to include accessible toileting more easily, it has also opened up opportunities for sites to ensure that their new facilities seamlessly blend into existing environments. Through the use of different external materials for cladding, including timber, metal panels or even eco-friendly materials like recycled plastic, it allows Changing Places to harmonise with the surrounding buildings and landscapes.
By carefully considering the visual appeal and architectural context, modular Changing Places facilities not only meet accessibility needs, but they also give venues choice to have a facility that matches with their existing brand, décor or buildings.
One of the most noticeable trends in Changing Places design is the integration of internal wall graphics, transforming these spaces from clinical and functional to engaging and visually appealing. Internal graphics serve a dual purpose, combining aesthetic appeal, usually with branded or vibrant wall art, with practical functionality. These visual elements are strategically placed to enhance the overall experience and improve wayfinding for users.
Internal graphics can also enhance accessibility, providing clear signage, pictograms, and braille instructions, ensuring that people with different abilities can navigate the facilities with ease. These graphics play a crucial role in enhancing accessibility by providing clear directions to key areas such as accessible toilets, showers, changing benches, and hoist systems. Furthermore, the use of vibrant colours, textures, and patterns in internal graphics helps create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.
Changing Places design has seen a number of positive changes in the last few years, with modular buildings and internal graphics at the forefront of this transformation. The use of modular structures has revolutionised construction processes, offering flexibility, efficiency, and customisation options to architects and designers.
Simultaneously, the integration of internal graphics has enhanced the accessibility and user experience within these facilities, ensuring that individuals with complex disabilities feel welcomed and supported.
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