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Designing a Locker Area
Consider the following at the initial planning stage:
- How many people in all have a requirement for a locker?
- Do people require their own personal locker or can the lockers be shared?
For example, to cater for shift workers
- When will the lockers be used?
Are they required on a regular daily basis, or infrequently?
- What would be the maximum number of people requiring access to the lockers at any one time?
Is additional space required to prevent overcrowding at ‘peak times' - during the changeover of work shifts, for example
- What kinds of items of clothing, equipment, personal possessions or carrying bags will users bring into the locker room?
This will help determine the size of compartment/s required and also the locker and floor spacing - for example, where bulky clothing or equipment is involved, more floor space may be necessary for ease of movement
- What kind of access and ‘ownership' is required for the lockers?
This will influence the type of lock used: where an individual has their own locker, a cam-lock or padlock can be fitted, operated by the owner's key; where lockers are for shared use, digital combination, coin or token-operated locks may be preferred as easier to administer
- What degree of privacy is appropriate? People may need to change their clothes, in part or in full
- Is there a requirement for seating?
- Is there a requirement for ‘shared' clothes hanging facilities within the locker room?