Danfo Toilets Transformed Into Galleries and Kiosk
Utilising Spare Space in Toilets – how a derelict building can be turned into a Community Artspace and Kiosk.
A community group in Frome Town Council, the fourth largest town in Somerset, came up with an excellent innovative use for a derelict toilet building. The building has been transformed into a food kiosk selling local food and four ‘micro-galleries’ for local artists or businesses to hire.
The toilet building was originally built by Danfo (UK) Ltd in 2000 along with an artwork created by local glass artist Helga Watkins-Baker in the back wall. The work is made from glass blocks containing artefacts from Frome’s past industries. Historically the public toilet was operated by Mendip District Council, but it was closed along with many other toilets in the district. The community group, creativeFROME, wanted to rescue the artwork and used the web service Spacehive which allows the cost of community projects to be met through online contributions. Danfo (UK) Ltd, Frome Town Council, Mendip District Council, and Experian were some of the supporters.
The building, still in perfect condition due to Danfo’s high quality standard, was transformed from a row of five toilets to gallery rooms which are rented out on a monthly basis. A food kiosk also supplies free local shopping guides – a service recently cut by the District Council. Contact us for more information on how you can utilise spare space in a toilet building – whether it is an abandoned building or one still in use.