Cambridge gets toilets with office space

An unusual new public toilet facility designed by architect Freeland Rees Roberts is set to open in Cambridge.


An unusual new public toilet facility designed by architect Freeland Rees Roberts is set to open in Cambridge.


The structure, which is set to open on 22 December, combines four toilet cubicles, underground recycling bins and, most surprisingly, a rentable office space, which once occupied, says Cambridge mayor David Howarth MP, should ‘give users a sense of confidence and safety’.


The design of the development, which features leaf-shaped canopies and makes extensive use of timber, was inspired by the presence of a large chestnut tree on the site.


The toilets also incorporate a number of sustainable features, including a subterranean rainwater-catching tank, recycled insulation materials and a series of sun pipes that harness natural daylight to illuminate the cubicles.


The toilet facility is the third Freeland Rees Roberts has designed for Cambridge Council as part of the Creative Conveniences scheme. The council has modernised 11 public toilets since 2000, and is about to commence work on two further facilities.

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