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Market Lane Public Conveniences
- Completed: Jun 1998
- Sector: Civic
- Total cost: £180,000
- Address: Market Lane, Winchester, United Kingdom
Refurbishment and modernisation of the city's Market Lane public conveniences into a 'flagship' toilet
The facility needed to be able to deal with the year-round flow of tourists. The original 1950's building is undistinguished, but its position is central and important, situated close to a number of the cities major tourist attractions.
The interior was gutted, piles driven inside the walls and a steel structure inserted. Glazing on the entrance facade brings light into the building and emphasises a ground-floor attendant's room. A staircase to the men's toilet on the first-floor becomes a gently sloping bridge at its dog-leg turn, and passes visibly behind the facade glazing. The women's toilet, disabled toilets and baby changing are at ground floor level.
A central services duct allows easy access for maintenance. Cubicles are arranged around behind this duct rather than against walls where they would obstruct natural light. A heavy pivoting timber door and etched glass canopy give the entrance a modern presence.