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Access into buildings used to be covered by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005. This Act was superseded by the Equalities Act 2010. The Equalities Act states that there should be ‘reasonable access’ into buildings. But what is ‘reasonable access?’
If a company is undertaking a significant refurbishment of a public building, it would be ‘reasonable’ for the company to ensure there was high quality disabled access embedded into the building, however a small restaurant with a ramp would have met the ‘reasonable access’ criteria as the cost is in proportion to the business. ‘Reasonable access’ is a subjective term. Disabled Access systems also need to comply with Building Regulations Document M, BS8300 and the National Planning Framework.
English Heritage and Heritage Scotland support high quality wheelchair adaptations to Listed Buildings, if the disabled access solution protects the architectural significance of the buildings. English Heritage’s Easy Access to Historic Buildings 2010 is a key document that explains the English Heritage access strategy, and clearly states how they support high quality wheelchair access. They also heavily support DDA compliance, so by following the requirements of one you usually comply with the other. Although English Heritage does not endorse individual products, they have approved Sesame Access lifts into Listed Buildings.
We at Sesame Access believe DDA compliance is a very important factor within any company, especially one that aims to be focused entirely on providing good and reliable disabled access. If you would like more information on frequently asked questions, please click here. Alternatively if you would like to know more about how we go about achieving DDA compliance, please give us a call on 01784 440088 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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