Three Changing Places toilets in England, Wales and Scotland have scooped prestigious gongs at the Loo of the Year Awards (13th January 2012).

The 3 toilets were each awarded a Changing Places Loo of the Year Award 2011, for achieving the highest possible standard for a Changing Places toilet. The winners were chosen by the British Toilet Association. The winning toilets were:

  • England - West Quay shopping centre, Southampton
  • Scotland - Thorr House, Thurso, Highland Council
  • Wales - Canolfan Steffan Community Support Base, Ceredigion County Council.

Changing Places toilets have extra features and more space to allow people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), andother complex disabilities, the chance to use toilets in a comfortable and clean environment. Standard disabled toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability or their carers.

There are currently more than 350 Changing Places in the UK.

Beverley Dawkins, co-chair of the Changing Places Consortium, said: "The impact of a Changing Places toilet on the quality of life for people with PMLD and other people with severe disabilities is significant."