It is law to ensure that reasonable adjustments are made to ensure property is accessible for disabled people. And this isn't just about wheelchair access. There are many building regulations around what is required for visually impaired and blind people. We undertake many disabled access surveys, usually for commercial clients, to ensure their buildings and public spaces comply with the law. We have seen many mistakes and also a lot of success stories and variety of these are highlighted in our articles here, along with some more informative pieces about what is required by the law.
Ever wondered whether there was a reason for those texture paving surfaces you see in the pavement and near steps? The answer is, of course, yes. These tactile surfaces – typically corduroy or blisters are used to designate essential information … Find out more
It’s nice to know some people read our blog posts (this one was about tactile paving) and then give us a call to find out more about disabled access and how to get it right… Recently I took a call from … Find out more
Wherever we go we keep our eyes open for good and bad examples of access. When they’re good we never stop learning, and when they’re bad, well… here’s a few examples we’ve found: Have you spotted any serious failings … Find out more
One of the things that we look for when we are carrying out an access audit is the colour contrast between building elements – for instance walls and floors – which if done well can make a significant difference to … Find out more
Case study – Equality Act compliance Collier Stevens, Chartered Surveyors were appointed by Hythe Town Council to design and oversee the reinstatement of footpaths to the Oaklands public open space in Hythe, Kent. The existing paths were laid in the … Find out more
Case study: Equality Act compliance Collier Stevens, Chartered Surveyors were appointed by Kent Police to design a new accessible WC and shower facility at their county headquarters in Maidstone and help meet their obligations under the Equality Act. Having previously … Find out more
Accessible parking spaces always seem to be the space that doesn’t get used the most, so often end up being the space that’s used by caretakers and property managers for all sorts of purposes. Like, for instance, this generator! Unfortunately, … Find out more