Work is soon set to begin to refurbish a set of public toilets in a Lincolnshire town. The Sheep Market toilets in Spalding will undergo the start of refurbishment work in October 2023 with a target of reopening for late Spring 2024.
The works include installing three new toilet facilities, a baby changing room, and the introduction of a Changing Places facility, designed for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. The Changing Places facility will be fitted with hoists, privacy screens, adult-sized changing benches, peninsula toilets, and space for carers.
Councillor Henry Bingham, portfolio holder for assets and strategic planning, said: “I am delighted that we can get renovation work in the Sheep Market underway and have them re-opened for the public again soon. I know there has been a strong need and desire to have the toilets back in use, and I thank residents for their patience whilst we made sure we could provide high-quality secure, and accessible facilities for everyone to use.”
The refurbishment work is expected to take place across three phases. The early work will include drainage surveys, electrical work, and remodeling of the internal building to create space for the new facilities.
Work will then begin on the Changing Places part of the building, which is part of £150,000 government funding. The final phase will then include three separate general-use toilets, a baby changing facility with a new toilet, and a disabled toilet.
Work in this phase will also include roof replacement works, the installation of new, secure doorways, re-rendering of the building and remedial works to the pavement and seating around the facility.