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Making sure that all new buildings can be fully and easily used by all sections of the community is an important aspect of the Building Regulations. Advice and encouragement is given to owners of existing buildings to improve access for disabled people.
One of the requirements of the regulations is that "reasonable provision shall be made to enable disabled people to gain access to relevant premises". The regulations require:
Access to buildings and into buildings
Suitable access should be provided from the edge of the site or disabled car spaces should be provided close to the entrance of the building. Ramped or level access should be provided to the main entrances.
Ramped and stepped approach
Details of suitable designs are given.
Hazards on access routes
Consideration must be given to projections that are hazardous to those with sight impairments.
Requirements for doors, widths and entrance lobbies.
Internal lobbies and corridors
Suitable dimensions and design considerations are given.
Lifts and stair lifts
Details of requirements, locations, dimensions and provisions for sight impaired and hard of hearing people are illustrated.
Dimensions of internal stairways suitable for the disabled people who can walk.
Hotel and motel bedrooms
Suitable layouts and dimensions are illustrated.
Aids to communication
Requirements for induction loops in booking halls, ticket offices, reception areas and auditoria.
Details and dimensions are given of wc compartments suitable for wheelchair users and disabled people who can walk.
Provision of audience and spectator seating for wheelchair users.
The provision of tactile surfaces
These should be provided at the head of stairs and near changes in level to provide a warning to people with sight impairment.
WC provision in dwellings
You should also be aware of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, which required reasonable access and facilities to certain types of existing premises. Visit DirectGov for more details.
- Means of access to and into dwellings
- Circulation within dwellings.
- Accessible switches and sock outlets in dwellings.
- Passenger lifts and common stairs in flats.
Building Regulations and Standards Brunel House St George's Road Bristol, BS1 5UY Opening Hours
We operate 'appointment only' visits to this office. Please telephone 0117 922 3000 to book an appointment.
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