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Eden Project shows off retro-fit solution

Danish mobility company Ergolet has fitted its overhead lifting system, Luna and Etrack, at Cornwall’s Eden Project, in a new toileting facility installed for people with profound or multiple disabilities. The equipment is situated in a state-of- the-art disability suite to provide complete ‘in-room’ mobility – allowing a single carer to transfer a person to and from a wheelchair and around the room. Unlike conventional overhead tracking systems, Ergolet’s wall-mounted system can be retro-fitted where there is no access to the room above, or in rooms with suspended or domed ceilings. The suite was installed according to a brief provided by the Sensory Trust –

which gives advice on inclusive design for public spaces – that specified against grey floors and white tiles which tend to dominate spaces used by disabled people, in favour of a fun, colourful environment. Changing Places standards state the major differences between an accessible toilet and a disability suite are sufficient floor space (12m2

), and the right equipment – including an overhead lifting

system to help move people from a wheelchair to the toilet or changing table. The Eden Project’s Andy Bruton, who managed the installation, said: “The main learning point for me is that space is at a premium in the disabled environment, but going the extra mile and getting the best equipment, makes a real difference to people’s lives.” Email: Tel: 0161 477 7900

Technal announced as corporate partner to the Guggenheim Museum Foundation in Bilbao

Architectural aluminium façade specialist, Technal, has been announced as a corporate partner of the Guggenheim Museum Foundation in Bilbao.

This latest affiliation is part of Technal’s commitment to creating strategic partnerships that reflect its passion for architecture, design, creativity and innovation.

Acclaimed as one of the most important buildings of its time, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was designed by Frank Gehry and is a magnificent example of ground-breaking architecture. It was described by Time Magazine as ‘The Building of the Century’. With more than 90 exhibitions showcasing contemporary art and over 10 million visitors to date, the Guggenheim in Bilbao is credited with changing the way the world thinks about museums, and it continues to challenge assumptions about the connections between art and architecture.

By supporting the Guggenheim in Bilbao via the corporate programme, Technal is demonstrating its commitment to culture and is helping this important, iconic museum meet its ambitious long-term goals.

Technal is one of Europe's market leaders in the design, manufacture and distribution of high performance aluminium

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glazing solutions, and is currently celebrating 50 years of innovation in façade design.

It offers an innovative range of façade products, including curtain walling, doors, windows and low rise glazing systems, and has a network of approved, trained fabricators and installers across the UK.

Technal is now active in more than 70 countries and has operations in China, India, the Middle East, Morocco, South America, and South East Asia as well as across Europe. Its UK headquarters is based in West Yorkshire and is supported by its southern distribution centre in Hampshire.

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