Kew Gardens in London needed to provide a new disabled persons’ toilet facility, specifically for people with profound or multiple disabilities who require the assistance of a carer. This demanded a toilet building designed to exceed the normal specifications for a disabled-access toilet, with a more spacious interior, height-adjustable changing benches and lifting hoists. Kew Gardens asked its construction management contractor Vokins Construction to find a solution.Solution :
Scott Vokins, Director of Vokins Construction, says: “I immediately thought of Portakabin as the best-known name in modular building provision, so I approached them to see what they could offer. It turned out they had recently supplied a similar toilet building for another client, so they worked with us to develop the right specification for the Kew Gardens facility.”
Portakabin and Vokins worked together to create an enhanced disabled-access toilet by adapting a premium-quality, energy-efficient Portakabin Solus building. The spacious interior of this building model was ideal for the needs of severely disable people and their carers. The building was fitted out with a lifting hoist, adjustable benches, a high-level washbasin and a Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant toilet.
Vokins Construction prepared the site at Kew Gardens and Portakabin craned the new building into position, taking extreme care on this sensitive and high-profile location. Most of the fitting out was completed in the Portakabin factory, so that minimal work was required on site to complete the building.
Scott adds: “Portakabin worked with us to install the building, lifting it into position for us in the gardens. The delivery team had to be very careful to avoid damaging the low branches of a listed tree at the site, but everything went without a hitch and the building was finished on the agreed date.”
“We were delighted with the prompt, responsive service we received from Portakabin. They developed an excellent solution for this very specialised toilet facility, and Kew Gardens are pleased with the standard of building provided.”
Choosing a modular building enabled Kew Gardens to get the facility it needed in a fraction of the time it would have taken to build a traditional structure, and with minimal disturbance to the tranquillity of the gardens.