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 carried out a disabled access audit and identified the lack of accessible WC facilities we were asked to convert an existing office into not only a WC but also a shower, unusually but presciently a space notably larger than the minimum dimensions identified in BS8300 was made available enabling our design to incorporate a shower, a WC with transfer from both sides and a proper sized wash basin as well as plenty of circulation space.
The work involved in filling existing windows, altering and extending drainage and altering the swing of the internal door as well as introducing mechanical ventilation and providing electric alterations of the shower and the emergency call alarms.
What would we have done differently? Probably added a low surface temperature radiator if the very tight budget had allowed.
(Originally published by Steve Way, 30 January 2012)