DDA building compliance in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and South Wales.
When building a commercial or public building the owners have very specific challenges to ensure that it complies with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) . When undertaking such a build you will always need an experienced contractor that specialises in DDA compliance to make sure you meet the legal requirements.
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requires public bodies to promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities, and that’s why it’s so important that organisations become DDA compliant.
Brecongate specialises in disabled access and other construction issues in buildings because we are care about DDA compliance. DDA compiance is a demanding part of building design and technical aspects such as door widening in listed buildings, constructing external lift shafts, platform lifts for wheelchair access and disabled toilet access need to be accounted for in the initial design process.
Here is a simple guide to just some of the issues when building to DDA Compliant regulations:
Grounds, pavements and pathways
- Remove obstacles to the grounds of your building for walking stick, wheelchair users and people with visual impairments.
- Check pavements are free of potholes and uneven surfaces.
- Cut back trees and bushes are cut back from paths leading up to the entrance of the building.
- Install slip-resistant ramp with handrail is path is not level.
- Consider whether external lighting is sufficient.
- Create a reserved parking area for disabled drivers and wider bay for disabled people if you have a car park.
- Consider alternative access to your building or a ramp for wheelchair users.
- Do steps have a handrail?
- Install an accessible bell or entryphone system.
- Ensure all door openings are wide enough for all users
- Wheelchair users generally need at least 750mm clear opening width you may need to have the doorway widened if there is no alternative way in.
- Consider whether door-handles can be reached by a wheelchair user.
- Are there adequate signs around the building to assist people with visual impairments
- Are signs located at convenient levels for wheelchair users?
- Corridors and areas near doors should be free of obstacles and wide enough for wheelchairs to manoeuvre?
- Is a platform lift or permanent ramp available where there is a change of level?
- Are mats and joins between different floors flush with the floor and each other?
- Install a hearing loop
- Is seating suitable for wheelchair users and is the reception desk low enough fof wheelchair users?
- Ensure that staff and customer toilets are accessible by wheelchair users and idf possible should include grab rails, non-slip floor surfaces and doors that open outward.
If you are considering undertaking a building project and wish to ensure it is DDA compliant or want to update your current premises to make it DDA compliant in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and South Wales then contact us today on 01443 841122.