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Shaw Trust Charity new Bristol HQ: Design Review / Appraisal to BS8300

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Judi was approached by Shaw Trust to carry out a comprehensive architectural design review to BS 8300 prior to fit-out. The architectural design review also took into account the interior design finishes in terms of visual contrast for partially sighted people.

As part of the project, Judi developed a detailed signage strategy and schedule for tactile / Braille signage which was designed to current good practice guidance.

Following on from the successful completion of the Bristol HQ project, Design and Access were successful in tendering for the Shaw Trust Retail Expansion Project.

Posted in Access Consultancy, Design Reviews

Architectural Design Review for College in Sussex

Monday, April 21st, 2014

We’re delighted to be working closely with our client and their design team to help ensure that the proposed designs are accessible and future proofed.

Posted in Access Consultancy, Design Reviews, Uncategorised

Access Audit for International Charity

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Recently completed a comprehensive Access Audit on behalf of Plan UK, London.

Posted in Access Audits, Access Consultancy

Online Access Consultancy via Skype

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

New for 2014: Access consultancy via Skype or Phone

Do you need advice with an access issue?

We’re now providing a pay as you go service with Judi Watkinson where you can get all the answers you need to help you move forward.

Half an hour consultation by Skype or Phone @ £ 45.00 (no VAT payable)

Please contact us to arrange your consultation with Judi



Posted in Access Audits, Access Consultancy, Access Statements, Uncategorised

Access Audits for Agricultural College Campuses

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Over the past year we’ve been busy working with Hadlow College across their various campuses in Kent and London to help ensure this Ofsted ‘outstanding’ rated college remains exemplary.


Posted in Access Audits, Access Consultancy, Uncategorised

Changes to the Building Regulations 2013

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Changes to various parts of the Building Regulations will be coming into force on the 6th April 2013. Approved Document M of the Building Regulations deals with the ‘Access and use of buildings’.

An overview of the main changes made by the 2013 amendments to Approved Document M are;
a.    Reference to the new Approved Document 7 supersedes the general guidance on materials and workmanship and the Construction Products Directive
b.    Reference to the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) has been removed and updated to reflect the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and its relationship with Approved Document M.
c.    Design guidance for primarily internal stairs / ramps, handrails / guarding and manifestation of glazing has now been consolidated and incorporated within the new revised Approved Document K ‘Protection from falling, collision and impact’.
d.    Guidance on ‘access statements’ has been revised to ‘access strategies’ to promote more effective communication between applicants and building control bodies.
e.    Guidance on door opening forces has been updated’, along with WC pans and suites.
f.    Reference to Changing Places toilet accommodation has been included for the first time.
g.    Further definitions for ‘contrast visually’, ‘general access stair’, ‘light reflectance value’ and ‘utility stair’ have been provided.

Posted in Access Consultancy, Access Statements, Architecture and Design, Interior Design, Uncategorised

Equality and Diversity Impact Assessments

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

We are delighted to be able to offer this service through our associate Mary-Ann Nossent who is a board member of the Institute of Equality and Diversity Practitioners.

Posted in Access Consultancy

Supported Housing Development, South East

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

We are delighted to be working with one of the UK’s leading providers of supported housing on an existing development in the South East.

Posted in Access Audits, Access Consultancy

Access Statement for Pharmacy, Essex

Friday, February 24th, 2012

We have recently completed an Access Statement in support of a Building Control application for a pharmacy in Essex.

Posted in Access Consultancy, Access Statements

South East Design Forum (SEDF)

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Judi is now a member of the South East Design Forum which is a non-profit organisation run for and by designers and creatives from all disciplines.

Posted in Access Consultancy, Architecture and Design, Events, Interior Design, Memberships, Space Planning, Uncategorised

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