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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

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

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

Access Consultancy for Grade II Listed Historic Hotel

Friday, December 16th, 2011

We have been advising our client on the accessibility of their Grade II listed historic hotel and newly constructed 2 storey extension. The extension enlarges an existing function room at ground floor level and provides additional bedroom accommodation at 1st floor level. We have prepared a detailed photographic Access Audit and an Access Statement.

Posted in Access Audits, Access Consultancy, Access Statements

Supported and Social Housing Projects

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

We’re very pleased to have assisted with writing access statements and providing access consultancy with regards to various new build projects over the summer period.

Posted in Access Consultancy, Access Statements