Advice Hub: Property Type

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Getting accessibility right

Paving and parking

Making sure that access to the built environment works for disabled people can be a minefield for building companies or contractors who have not had the relevant training and are simply completing works according to architect’s drawings or to their own design. In our experience it is always a problem when final, detailed, design is left to a contractor to sort out and they very often get it wrong.

As a firm of Chartered Surveyor experienced in … Read more...

chapel

What do we know about chancel repair liability?

That’s what we got asked this morning. So we scratched our heads and had to agree that we didn’t know much at all about chancel repair liability except that it can result in rather nasty surprise bills.

We then did what anyone else would do – Googled it. This turned up a very helpful guide from Clutton Cox Solicitors – Chancel Repair Liability – The Full Monty.  Then, shortly after we discovered this, Clutton Cox advised that they had … Read more...

corduroy paving at top of steps

Tactile Paving – Guidance for improving disabled access

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 about the built environment to those with visual impairments and to improve disabled access.

Used properly tactile paving provide lots of information about where to cross road, where hazards are and where the top and bottom of steps might be. … Read more...

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Accessible parking spaces

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, there is no requirement to keep these spaces available after they have been provided and when we carry out an Access Audit, we often see them used for wheelie bins.

Not only should these spaces be left clear, but … Read more...