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

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

Ann Sawyer, Keith Bright

ISBN: 978-1-118-73074-4

Jul 2014

288 pages

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£49.95

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Description

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

Related Resources

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