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Sport and Entertainment Stadiums : Design Considerations for Disabled Toilet Facilities

Sport and Entertainment Stadiums : Design Considerations for Disabled Toilet Facilities

A Stadium's obligations to provide disabled and accessible toilet facilities to its users is a legal requirement.  These obligations are explained and detailed in the Level Playing Field's "a good practice guide to the design of facilities to meet the needs of disabled spectators and other users."

To help promote the correct provision of accessible toilet facilities Commercial Washrooms has summarised a number of key points to consider when designing toilet and washroom facilities in arenas and stadiums.

  • It is recommended that suitable toilets should be dispersed around the stadium and located as close to areas for disabled spectators and staff as possible, and should be clearly identified with appropriate signage.
  • Sanitary accommodation should be provided in the form of self-contained cubicles with direct access from circulation areas.  In common toilet areas, at least one cubicle for ambulant disabled should be provided within each single-sex washroom in addition to any unisex facility. 
  • Some disabled spectators may need to use the toilet more frequently than others. This makes it desirable that accessible toilets are not made generally available to non-disabled spectators.
  • Commercial Washrooms recommends the use of a RADAR key.  The Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR) operates a National Key Scheme, which offers a potential solution to this issue but this may restrict access to facilities for disabled spectators without keys.
  • Guidance on how to achieve the necessary wheelchair manoeuvres to transfer onto the WC, to have facilities for hand washing and drying within reach from the WC, and to have space to allow a helper to assist in the transfer from WC to a wheelchair is provided in BS 8300 para 12.4.  
  • BS 8300 (para 12.4.12) states that colour schemes should incorporate contrasting colours and tones for fixtures and fittings. For example, a black toilet seat is preferable to white where the bowl is also white.
  • At least one WC compartment designed for ambulant disabled people should be provided within each single-sex toilet area. The compartment should be fitted with support rails and be of sufficient space to accommodate people who use crutches or otherwise have impaired leg movements.

The above information is supplied with good faith and to the best of our knowledge, we recommend checking with a qualified building surveyor to ensure full compliance.

Reference: Level Playing Field

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