• Access Consultancy Services in London and the South East

    Access Consultancy for Architects, Designers and Client Organisations

  • Inclusive Design and Access Consultancy Services

    Architectural Design Reviews, Access Audits and Interior Design Specification

    What is an Architectural Design Review?

    An architectural design review or design appraisal is a desk top study of the design proposals for a project before it is built.

     

    It is prudent for architectural design proposals to be thoroughly assessed prior to construction in order to ensure that costly mistakes are not made. This service gives the client, project manager and design team the confidence that the final built project will be safe to use, easy to use and accessible.

     

    Ideally, an access consultant should be involved during the early RIBA work stages and throughout the design process through to occupation. During this process, each drawing and all revisions to drawings should be carefully assessed including the specification of fixed interior elements, signage and F,F&E.

     

    When carrying out an architectural design review, I carefully assess drawing packages against the design guidance in the Building Regulations Approved Document K: Protection from falling, collision and impact and Approved Document M: Access to and use of buildings. I will also advise you of the client's duties in relation to the Equality Act 2010 and how these relate to the the building regulations.

     

    In addition, I am also able to provide a higher level of service where the design proposals are checked against the current version of the British Standard BS 8300: Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people - Code of practice. Some clients prefer this higher level of detailed assessment.

     

    If you’re an architectural / design practice and / or client, I’d be delighted to work with you to help ensure that your project will be inclusive and accessible.

    What is an Access Audit?

    An access audit (also known as a DDA assessment, DDA audit, disabled access audit or Disability Discrimination Act Audit) assesses the current status of a building, environment and the way services are provided against good practice standards to benchmark the ease of accessibility primarily for disabled people. However, well designed accessible environments are beneficial for everyone and can still look great.

     

    I provide 2 levels of access audit;

     

    Level 1 Access Audits are a cost effective, text only option and will cover all the key areas required of an Access Audit.

     

    Level 2 Access Audits are detailed photographic reports which are cross referenced against the Building Regulations Approved Documents K and M.

     

    As I write all access audits myself, I ensure that they are clearly written in plain English and that any technical terms are clearly explained.

     

    How does it work?

     

    I will visit your building at a suitable time and carry out an inspection starting from the outside and then working through the interior. The pan disability access audit will assess how inclusive and accessible the environment is for disabled people, transgender people (or those people transitioning), emergency means of escape for disabled people, communication systems, management policies / practices and staff awareness.

     

    The access audit will provide comments on any barriers to access which may prevent a disabled person from being able to use the environment and services. I will provide practical recommendations to improve access including any ‘reasonable adjustments’ you may need to consider in relation to the Equality Act 2010 (the Disability Discrimination Act – DDA has been absorbed into the Equality Act 2010). A ‘reasonable adjustment’ can be something as simple as changing a policy and does not necessarily require you to make expensive physical changes.

     

    The access audit will be comprehensive and will include the following key areas;

     

    The external environment
    Any on site car parking
    Entrance doors
    Lobby areas
    Reception points
    Toilet facilities
    Corridors
    Internal doors
    Stairs
    Lifts
    Communication systems
    Controls / switches
    Colour / tonal contrast
    Lighting
    Acoustics
    Wayfinding signage
    Emergency means of escape
    Maintenance


    Please find further information below;

     

    Level 1: Walk and Talk Access Audit with a short written summary

    This cost effective service will provide you with an overview of the accessibility of the environment and services provided. I will walk around your premises with you, talking through any access issues which may arise. A short written summary of our discussions will then be prepared. You are very welcome to take your own detailed notes during the audit.

     

    Level 2: Photographic Access Audit Report

    This service will provide you with a detailed access audit report and will be presented with colour photographs in wire bound A3 format. I will also provide you with a Word and PDF copy on a memory stick so that you can incorporate the access audit into an access plan for the future.

     

    All recommendations will be cross referenced against relevant criteria, including Approved Documents K and M of the Building Regulations, BS 8300: 2009+A1: 2010 and any other relevant design guidance. Category or priority ratings will also be provided if required.

     

    What is Interior Design Specification?

    Interior design specification is the careful selection and specification of elements which make up an interior environment. Currently requirements for non domestic environments tend to be generally more stringent than domestic and there are many factors to take into account including the building regulations, the Equality Act 2010 and most importantly, fire safety.

     

    With over 20 years commercial interior design experience, I am able to pull all these requirements together and help ensure that your premises are safe to use, easy to use and compliant with current design standards.

     

    I work with architects and designers to help them make good choices without compromising their design intent and creative vision.

     

    I also work directly with clients, generally on smaller projects who may have no idea how to correctly specify interior elements. Working together we can achieve not only the desired 'look and feel' but also ensure that everything is fit for purpose, safe and accessible.

     

    Interior design specification can present overwhelming and complicated choices. Let me help you make those good choices the first time round, to save the project money and avoid costly mistakes.

     

  • Clients, Architects and Designers

    3rd Shoreham Sea Scouts

    AJK Architects
    Arts Council England

    Austin-Smith:Lord Architects
    Bank Leumi
    Blast Theory
    Bloom Ecohomes
    Brighton and Hove City Council

    British Psychotherapy Foundation

    C and H Fabrics
    Cable Club

    CallisonRTKL-UK Ltd
    Civil Service Motoring Association (CSMA Club)
    Conveyancing Direct
    East Sussex County Council

    Elstead Dental Surgery
    Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
    Eresby Special School

    Farnborough International Ltd
    Hadlow College – The Outstanding Land-based College
    Hamilton Lodge School and College for Deaf Children
    Haringey Council

    Hastings Direct
    Hestia
    Home Group
    KSS Design Group Architects and Interior Designers
    Lewes Old Grammar School
    Local Government Association

    Morgan Carn Partnership Architects
    Nigel Witham Restaurant Designer

    Pain and Hunter Opticians
    Plan International UK
    Refectory Pub, Golders Green
    Rio Tinto

    St. Paul's Church, Shadwell

    St. Peter's Church, Bethnal Green
    Scott Brownrigg Architects and Interior Designers

    Shaw Trust

    Spotlight Casting
    Société Générale
    Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
    Southwater Event Group

    Telscombe Town Council
    The Agora Gynaecology and Fertility Centre
    The Bonnington Group
    The Bottle House Inn
    The British Society for Haematology
    The Burlington Hotel, Worthing
    The College of Richard Collyer
    The Oriental Hotel, Brighton

    The Star Inn, Alfriston
    Tottington Manor

    TTSP Architecture + Design

    Unison

    West Kent YMCA

    YMCA England

  • How It Works

    What I will need from you to get started

    1

    You tell me what

    I initially need a brief overview of what you need me to help you with, along with any PDF drawings you may have

    2

    We chat

    I will reply to you within 24 hours, by your preferred method of communication to discuss your requirements in more detail.

    3

    We agree

    I prepare a quote or fee proposal. We agree a fee, a timescale and I get to work.

    4

    I deliver

    Keeping in close contact with you throughout, I successfully deliver my part of your project back to you.