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The Access Manual: Designing, Auditing and Managing Inclusive Built Environments, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-73074-4
288 pages
August 2014, Wiley-Blackwell
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This manual covers the design, improvement, maintenance and management of accessible environments. It shows you how to provide and run buildings, services, and employment facilities to enable independent and convenient use by everyone.

The Access Manual was first published in November 2003 and has been used by architects and facilities managers needing to meet the requirements of new legislation in 2004. It was well received by design, management, access, and health professionals.

This is a fast-moving area and there are now several additional pieces of legislation and guidance central to inclusive design and making buildings accessible to all. This 3rd edition follows the same structure and approach and updates three main areas:

  • The Equality Act 2010
  • Building Regulations: Approved Documents to Parts M (2013) and K (2013)
  • British Standards:  amendment and updating of BS8300


The authors have also updated the material on access auditing, providing additional examples and sample access audit reports and access statements.

With its comprehensive information on standards, legislation and good practice, The Access Manual: designing, auditing and managing inclusive built environments, 3rd edition ensures you can:

  • be fully aware of the issues involved in accessibility and inclusive design
  • understand your legal obligations and the guidance available 
  • commission access audits
  • create and manage an access improvement programme
  • maintain accessibility in buildings and working practices
  • understand access issues in the design of new buildings
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Table of Contents

About the authors ix

Foreword by Malcolm Hankey xi

Acknowledgements xiii

About the Website xv

Introduction 1

Objectives of the manual 2

Chapter 1 Inclusive design 5

An inclusive approach 5

Principles of inclusive design 7

Benefits 8

How environments are used 9

Access appraisals 14

Access statements 16

Case study – Canada Water Library 22

Chapter 2 Legislation and regulations 27

Introduction 27

Equality Act 2010 28

Planning legislation 56

Building Regulations 59

Occupier Liability Acts 70

Human Rights Act 1998 73

Case study – The Vine Trust barge 74

Chapter 3 Standards and guidance 77

British Standards 77

Other sources of good practice guidance 81

Chapter 4 Access management 89

Introduction 89

Access audits 90

Access management 109

Case Study – Bramall Music Building 117

Chapter 5 Design criteria 121

Introduction 121

External environment 122

Entrances 136

Horizontal circulation 150

Vertical circulation 159

Facilities 185

Communication and wayfinding 209

Emergency egress 228

Appendix A General acceptability criteria 235

Access audit checklists 235

How to use the checklists 235

Appendix B Information sources 259

Guidance 259

Legislation, standards and codes 261

Useful organisations 262

Index 265

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This is a well written and practical manual, recommended reading for building engineers concerned with the creation, planning and management of buildings. Building Engineer Incredibly informative . . . will enable you to keep the edge over non-enlightened competitors Architectural Technology This is an excellent book Access Journal Please make the most of what you find in this volume, but please dont use it merely to achieve compliance. Use it to spark creativity, humanity and urbanity in the buildings and public spaces we all use every day, so nobody need feel this place isnt for me and everyone feels welcome. Richard Simmonds, Chief Executive CABE I welcome this guidance which should enable people to understand access requirements and to undertake access audits The law is important but how much better if those organisations simply did it right in the first place so the law did not need to be used. This book should help do just that. Bert Massie, Chairman of Disability Right Commission Both authors are well known for their work on access between them they have produced a useful book that is helpful in the context of our current built environment and what steps can be taken to improve access.—Barrierfree
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