The Access Manual: Auditing and Managing Inclusive Built Environments, 2nd Edition
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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 UK
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 new edition follows the same structure and approach and
updated the following areas of legislation:
• Disability Discrimination Act 1995 & 2005
• Building Regulations: approved document to Part M (2004)
• The Planning and Compulsory Purchases Act 2004
• 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 can be found at
With its comprehensive information on standards, legislation and
good practice, the manual will make sure you can:
• be fully aware of the issues involved in accessibility
• 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
From the reviews of the First Edition:
‘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
'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
'This is an excellent book' Access Journal
Chapter 1 Access audits and appraisals.
Why carry out an access audit? Add nos.
Chapter 2 Access management.
Ongoing access management.
Occupying the building.
Information and training.
Chapter 3 Legislation, regulations and standards.
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
The Disability Discrimination Act 2005.
The Building Regulations.
BS 5588 Fire precautions in the design, construction.
and use of buildings.
BS 8300:2001 Design of buildings and their approaches.
to meet the needs of disabled people - Code of Practice.
BS 7000-6: 2005 Design management systems. Managing.
Planning legislation and guidance.
Occupier Liability Acts.
Chapter 4 Design criteria.
Communication and wayfinding.
Appendix A General acceptability criteria.
Appendix B Information sources.
Keith Bright is former Professor of Inclusive Environments at The University of Reading and now Director of Keith Bright Consultancy, a company offering independent access advice and training.
- Both authors have had major roles in developing the new
legislation; updating building regs; and adding new British
- Reults of court cases have clarified some of the ambiguities of
the 2004 act - e.g. what is 'reasonable provision'?
- First book to cover 6 major areas of change in legislation, building regulations, and British Standards