Engaged: Pre-feasibility Study

Photograph of a toilet block with a sketch of an ajoining cafe overlaid. People sit at tables outside the cafe and toilets.

Engaged: Pre-feasibility Study

Author/s: Madelaine Dowd, Maurizio Mucciola, Rosanna Traina, Indira Knight, Gail Ramster, Jo-Anne Bichard 

File: Pre-feasibility Study

Publication date: 2022


Engaged investigates how to reuse empty premises as public toilets which would share space with start-ups, incubator space or community initiatives, to provide this overlooked element of public health infrastructure that supports high street regeneration.

The Engaged project is run by the Public Toilets Research Unit (PTRU) based at The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD) at the Royal College of Art (RCA), in partnership with PiM studio Architects. Engaged is part of the Mayor of London’s Designing London’s Recovery programme.

This Pre-feasibility Study includes findings from the Regeneration workshop, expert interviews and literature review of government guidance, as well as design principles and typologies for the Engaged concept that proposes public toilets sharing space with local businesses as part of high street regeneration.