Hospital toilet design developed in dignity challenge

Azhar Architecture and washroom manufacturer Grant Westfield have developed the Modular Washroom System, as part of a programme for the Design Council and the Department of Health.

The ‘rapidly deployable’ capsule system has been created as part of the Design for Patient Dignity project.

The free-standing modular system can be easily deployed and uses tried and tested technologies adapted from the naval and automotive industries, according to Azhar Architects.

The Design for Patient Dignity initiative launched in October 2009, when designers were invited to respond to a series of briefs. Six teams were appointed at the beginning of the year to work on the briefs.

The teams include fashion designer Ben de Lisi and clothing manufacturer Silver Reed, who are creating new patient garments, and Pearson Lloyd, which is working with seating manufacturer Kirton Healthcare to develop ways of improving the physical and emotional security of patients when they are being transferred within hospitals.

The remaining prototypes will be unveiled on 23 March, and the aim is for the designs to be introduced into hospitals by early 2011.

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