The Semi is also a direct access toilet, but one which is more suited to higher volume locations and less orientated to the night time economy. In general they are ‘nicer’ toilets than the APCs as they can have tiled interiors and are all ‘no touch’ sensor operated. The handwash and dryer are located within the cubicle.
Most Semis are installed on edge of car park locations, poised between shops and the car parking area. They will typically be in a run of two to five, with at least one Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) accessible option. As they do not have a bowl and floor wash after each user, the turnaround time is fast, with one user following directly after another.
A well positioned run of four Semis will deal with 75,000 users per annum without undue queuing.
Most Semi installations are put into existing toilet blocks, but new builds are not uncommon and are often better fit for purpose. When installing a set of new direct access toilets into an existing block, there will normally be space in the toilet that is now surplus to immediate requirement. As the footfall is normally strong past a toilet, this space can usefully be used for a small shop, cafe or serving hatch. Healthmatic can manage this sublet for you as part of our service.
There is no doubt that a direct access cubicle is a better option than a traditional lobby style toilet for the following reasons:
As hygiene moves higher up the agenda, there has been greater demand for automatic seat cleaning systems. This can be achieved without significant alteration to the basic specification via one of the self cleaning toilet seats on the market.
The Semi is the closest style of toilet to an at home example. We have installed over 500 Semis across the UK and rarely find an unhappy user.