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 updates the following areas of legislation:
- 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 can be found at on the companion website
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 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
The new edition:
Updates and expands the scope of the current edition and makes it more relevant to current market. The legislation has changed with the DDA being replaced by the Equality Act. Also Building Regulations have changed in spring 2013. Other changes in include new BS 9999 on Fire, new edition of BS 8300. All these have been incorporated in the new edition.
Usability of the information within the new edition has been carefully structured to create well-defined sections for ‘design’, ‘legislation’ and ‘existing buildings’. The updates have:
- removed outdated legislation and replaced it with the latest changes in the Equality Act and the Building Regulations;
- added a new Chapter on inclusive design (which increases the appeal of the book to designers);
- increased the number of guidance documents described in areas such as health, education, transport and the international dimension such as the ISO standard;
- re-arranged the text in the previous edition to improve the balance to the book and to create well-defined sections for ‘design’, ‘legislation’ and ‘existing buildings’;
- added overview Case Studies to widen and increase the appeal of the new edition to architects and designers;
- updated chapters on Design Principles and the Checklists which have been well received in the first two editions;
- developed an accompanying web site to include additional information which is appropriate to include into a practitioner reference book of this type. That includes examples of access statements, additional text covering features such as Changing Places with links to organisations, and relevant articles or papers.
A supporting website including reference/research papers to back up the detail in the book offers robust supporting material for those who wish to delve deeper into the credibility of and reasoning behind some of the guidance.
Links to other relevant publications by the authors, including The Colour, Light and Contrast Manual and The Building Regulations Explained, are also included.