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Beach hut style toilets open at Barton on Sea

15 November 2023

We have opened our newly installed 'beach hut' public toilets at Barton on Sea. 

The building has an innovative design to suit its coastal surroundings and the fa├žade has been designed to resemble beach huts, with each cubicle door a different colour.

On 15 November, a few days ahead of World Toilet Day*, we officially opened the toilets and showed invited guests the features of the new block.

The bright door colours were chosen to provide a visible contrast for visually impaired people, and they are coated in aluminium to offer resilience against the coastal conditions.

There are three unisex toilets, toilet facilities for people with disabilities, and baby changing facilities. 

The toilets have durable weatherboard cladding and a pitched roof, with integrated solar tiles which power external LED way-finder lighting.  There is also an external shower, water bottle refill station, and a bike rack. The accessible unisex toilet, the larger space with a pink door, is opened with a radar key.

Cllr Geoffrey Blunden, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability, said: "These toilets are in a popular area and are well used by our residents, day trippers and holidaymakers. For a lot of people, knowing there are toilets nearby gives real peace of mind when deciding on a trip out."

"The importance of fresh water and sanitation can't be underestimated worldwide, and I would encourage people who feel strongly about this to make donations to charities such as Water Aid who are committed to that provision."

The new toilets at Barton on Sea are open 7 days a week, except Christmas Day, from 6am, until midnight.

Images shared by us on social media of the colourful toilet block arriving on site in October were met with hundreds of likes and comments in support of the design, with many people saying that they 'love them' and one person declaring them "toilets to be proud of".

Information about our public toilets at 23 locations in the district is on our website at https://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/2846/Public-toilets

Barton beach toilets - November 2023

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Notes to editors

*World Toilet Day is on 19 November World Toilet Day | World Toilet Day 2023

Donate to WaterAid UK today - the UK's dedicated water charity

A video of images of the toilet unit arriving on site can be viewed on YouTube https://youtu.be/685SRWUK_mc?si=F1vHsgpEmboK9j2T

Video showing the opening event: https://youtu.be/cN8hQky0oBQ

NFDC designed the accessible toilet as close to a 'changing places' specification as possible, but the footprint of the space means it is not quite large enough to be classified as a changing places toilet.

The previous toilets were 14 years old, installed in 2009.

The new unit was constructed off-site, allowing the toilets to remain open and functional during much of the works.

The old unit is now at the contractor's factory ready for upcycling, it is hoped that the refurbished block will appear at a festival site next summer in a glamping setting.

Local suppliers were used for this project. The metalwork is from a company in Totton, the cubicle systems are from a company based in New Milton, hand washing from a company in Salisbury, and the architects are from Lymington.

People in images:

  • NFDC: Cllr Geoffrey Blunden, Chris Noble, Iain Park, Stewart Philips, Jason Glister, Samantha Wills, James Healy, Beverley Evans
  • Sarah Brisdion (Hadley's Heroes)
  • Hannah Phillips
  • JB Associates: Corin Atkinson, Bailey McKenzie
  • Danfo: Andrew Davies
  • Boyle & Summers: David Hawkins

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