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Disabled access?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by i know nothing, 14 Aug 2006.

  1. i know nothing


    Joined: 6 Feb 2004

    Posts: 3,408

    Location: Norfolk Broads

    I need to find out about disabled access, specifically wheelchair access. How wide is a standard wheelchair? How wide is an electric wheelchair?

    Does anybody happen to know what sort of width a door or a ramp should be? Should corridors etc be of certain dimensions?

    Are there recommended dimensions for bathrooms and toilets etc?

    Where can I find this information?
  2. [DOD]Asprilla


    Joined: 10 Nov 2003

    Posts: 14,034

    Location: Surrey, by the river

    You want BS 8300:2001.

    This newly amended standard provides guidance on good practice in the design of domestic and non-domestic buildings and their approaches so that they are convenient to use by disabled people. The recommendations relate not only to the elements of construction and accommodation which are common to different types of buildings, but also to those that are specific to building types.

    It applies to car parking provisions, setting down points and garaging, access routes to and around all buildings, and entrances to and interiors of new buildings. Routes to recreational facilities associated with and in the immediate vicinity of buildings, such as patios, and seating and picnic areas, are also covered

    Only £192 from the BSI
  3. prescott28

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 6 Dec 2004

    Posts: 1,293

    Location: Scotland

    I was going to suggest Disabled Living Foundation
    but the BSI is probalbly the best idea. The problem is that needs vary with the disability of the person so going with set of standards is important unless you are trying to sort out something for an individual. However, I could answer more detailed stuff is you like; e-mail me.

    (Paralysed chest down by the way)
  4. DB_SamX


    Joined: 17 Feb 2006

    Posts: 8,270

    Location: Winchester

    Well, if your local library has any moderm architecture/building design books, they should be in there. I havent got mine handy right now, or I could have emailed you a scan of *** releveant pages. THe BS can be obtained for free as pdf if you are a student at certain unis. Maybe you know someone? The file would be too big to email.
  5. i know nothing


    Joined: 6 Feb 2004

    Posts: 3,408

    Location: Norfolk Broads

    I appreciate all of the responses guys, thank you. Regrettably I'm not living in the UK and I don't really have access to libraries and the like.

    Basically I'm looking to build an annex for a disabled member of the family, I'm also looking to make some improvements around the house to facilitate greater access. Found myself sitting here looking at my design and wondering whether or not it is practical!
  6. sachinbadiani


    Joined: 27 Mar 2005

    Posts: 747

    Location: Kent, England

    The minimum is 900mm I think. We've got it at 1 metre in our shop for example.
  7. yermum

    Perma Banned

    Joined: 16 Sep 2005

    Posts: 2,205

    Location: Buckinghamshire

    We got loads of free advice and some free stuff on loan from our local council. They put us in touch with relevant bodies, but I don't know if this is appropriate for you.