Access to and Use of Building

Introduction to Approved Document M

Disability equality legislation has changed significantly in recent years and access to the build environment.

The aim of the regulations and the supporting Approved Document M is to make new and altered buildings accessible to all people; this includes those with disabilities in order to help meet the ongoing requirements of the Single Equalities Act 2010 for access to buildings, services and employment.

M1 requires reasonable provision to be made for people to have access to and use a building and its facilities. The guidance requires this to be fully inclusive in the sense of embracing all people irrespective of their age, gender or abilities.

Within our team we can help with specialist advice from a dedicated and experienced Access Officer from the Planning application stage, through to the Building Control application and on site advice. We can assist and advise applicants in applying Access legislation and National Access design principles, to enable translation into finished inclusive design and built projects.

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