Young designers answer call of nature by creating UK's first award-winning urinal for women

2022-05-14 15:59:41 By : Ms. crystal Allwell

Two young designers have come up with a convenient solution to the bog-standard female problem of the queue for the loo.

Former University of Bristol students Amber Probyn and Hazel McShane have formed a start-up called Peequal and designed the first UK women’s urinal.

The pair, who graduated last year, said holidays spent working at festivals had focused their minds on facilities.

“We were frustrated with our own problem. We both spent our university summers working at festivals and were sick of having to choose between going to the loo or getting food as the queues were just too long”, they told i . “We thought, surely there was a quicker way?”

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Speaking to more than 200 women for research made them privy to the problems of the powder room and helped with the design phase during their degree courses.

Ms Probyn studied anthropology with innovation and Ms McShane physics with innovation. 

Their final design is the first touch-free women’s urinal, which they say cuts down on queues at outdoor events because it is six times quicker to use than conventional portable lockable toilets.

Made from 100 per cent recyclable materials and available as a flat-pack, it can be easily transported and set up to different space-saving configurations. It also produces 98 per cent less CO2 than portable toilets.

They have just won this year’s University of Bristol New Enterprise Competition, securing £15,000 in funding to improve the way we spend a penny.

Now they are checking the plumbing by testing their prototype, getting user feedback and securing contracts this year to rent and sell the product in 2022.

Ms McShane said: “Winning the New Enterprise Competition has given us the funding and recognition to follow our dream for pee-equality. We are now so excited to get our Peequal urinals out there to free the pee.”

A message which will offer relief to many.

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