Lords Changing Places toilet
Healthcare equipment provider Innova Care Concepts has supplied and installed a new Changing Places facility at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), owners of Lord’s Cricket Ground, took steps to improve accessibility to disabled supporters by installing a permanent Changing Places toilet within the new Compton and Edrich stands, which opened last summer.

The new facility includes specialist healthcare equipment such as an overhead hoist system, helping to eliminate the need to lift a person manually, reducing the strain on carers’ backs and the risk of injury to the person being transferred.

Robert Ebdon, MCC Assistant Secretary (Estates & Ground Development): “We are committed to continually improving our accessibility around the Ground to give all of our visitors a world-class experience at cricket matches and events.

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“It is important to be able to accommodate all accessibility requirements and during the design process for the new Compton and Edrich stands, a permanent fully-accessible Changing Places facility was a priority.”

Set out in MCC’s Masterplan for the redevelopment of Lord’s, these changes are part of ongoing Ground improvements to enhance accessibility for all supporters.

In addition to the installation of the Changing Place toilet, the plans include providing wheelchair positions and amenity seats at all levels of the stands.

MCC had previously included a mobile Changing Place for major matchdays at Lord’s and now within the redeveloped stands, a permanent facility has been installed for year-round use, available for any match day or event.

Results from Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Changing Places survey in 2021 found that 55 per cent of Changing Places users, carers and potential users found it impossible to attend a sports event without a Changing Place toilet on site.

Karen Hoe OBE, Changing Places Manager at Muscular Dystrophy UK, added: “Being able to use a toilet that is accessible for your needs in a safe way and with dignity is a basic human right, and making sport experiences more inclusive can only be a good thing.”

Bob Oliver, Commercial Director, Innova Care Concepts: “It is fantastic to see the level of thought and care shown by MCC in ensuring their facilities are accessible and inclusive for all supporters.

“It has been our pleasure to help them achieve this by installing a new Changing Place facility at Lord’s, that can be used by supporters with complex care requirements.

“Equipped with specialist healthcare equipment such as a height-adjustable changing bench, MCC are able to offer the appropriate toileting and changing facilities to accommodate those who require carer support and more space.

“This new facility also reiterates how important it is for not just sports venues, but all kinds of public facilities to have a Changing Place. They’re an investment in your building and your customers’ quality of life.”

Yorkshire-based Innova Care Concepts is a healthcare equipment provider that focuses on combining aesthetics and functionality to create new, easy-to-use products.

The firm recently partnered with University Hospitals Dorset to help set up an outpatient assessment clinic in Poole, to help bring diagnostic services closer to the community.

Watch the video below to find out more about how Innova Care Concepts helped to improve accessibility for disabled supporters at Lord’s Cricket Ground by installing a permanent Changing Places toilet:

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