1.4.8 Accessible bathrooms/shower rooms
In addition to the general guidance in 1.4.4 where wheelchair accessible en-suite bathrooms or shower rooms are provided:
(a) an en-suite shower room should be in accordance with Diagram 21;
(b) wall mounted drop down support rails and a wall mounted slip resistant tip-up seat should be provided in the shower area;
(c) an en-suite bathroom with WC for independent use should be in accordance Diagram 22 and 23;
(d) the bath should be provided with a transfer seat, 400 mm deep and equal to the width of the bath;
(e) the WC and washbasin should be similar to the corner arrangement WC for a unisex accessible toilet, except the washbasin is larger and set back from the sidewall. Rationale: So as not to project into the transfer space in front of the WC;
(f) the washbasin should be approximately 500 mm wide x 450 mm deep with a rim height set between 720 mm and 740 mm above the floor level. Rationale: The larger washbasin enables people to have a full body-wash or to wash personal care equipment;
(h) the washbasin should have a waste plug.
Rationale: This enables the basin to be filled prior to using the WC, as the taps may be out of reach for some from the WC;
(i) knee space under the basin should be free of obstructions. Rationale: This allows a wheelchair to pull up close to the basin;
(j) the shower controls should be easy to use and capable of being operated with a closed fist e.g. with a lever handle operation.
Diagram 21 An example of a shower room incorporating a corner WC for independent use
Diagram 22 An example of a bathroom for independent use incorporating a corner
Diagram 23 Grab rails and fittings associated with a bath (refer to Diagram 22)