• International Workplace
  • 26 July 2005

Workplace Law launches the third edition of the UK’s top accessibility guide

Workplace Law Publishing has launched the third edition of the best-selling Disability: Making Buildings Accessible Special Report. Published on 25 July 2005 the third edition is essential reading for architects, designers, building managers and owners in every organisation in the UK – in both the public and private sectors – who need to consider how to adapt premises and management procedures to make their buildings equally accessible for disabled and non-disabled people.

The law governing access and inclusion has changed dramatically since the introduction of Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the revised Building Regulations. Further important imminent changes are also covered in the new edition of this special report edited by Keith Bright.

This comprehensive special report will help readers to:

  • understand the legal requirements of the new Disability Discrimination Act 2005 and Building Regulations Part M
  • identify the potential areas of risk in their workplace and avoid being exposed to legal action
  • establish what changes need to be made and how much they will cost
  • comply with regulations as cost-effectively as possible

This 200-page report reviews the impact of the new Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (DDA) and its relationship with other important legislation, such as Part M of the Building Regulations. It describes in detail what adaptations need to be made to meet obligations under the DDA, and describes what might be considered ‘reasonable’ in achieving this.

There are highly practical sections on frequently overlooked issues, such as the use of colour and contrast, wayfinding and signage, and topics related to the design and management of transport environments. The report also examines issues of fire safety that apply to the needs of disabled people, including the compromises which may have to be made when considering safe access, egress and security requirements.

There is practical advice relating to historic buildings and premises protected by planning conditions, where there are differing demands between aesthetics, practicality and the obligations imposed under accessibility legislation.

Richard Simmons, Chief Executive of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, commented:

    “One of our main jobs is to improve people’s quality of life by advising decision makers to choose good design, and know it when they see it. Fundamentally – and this is one reason why they will find this Special Report so useful – they have to know the legislation, regulations and advice which set the framework within which building and public spaces must be accessible.”

The Disability: Making Buildings Accessible Special Report, Third Edition is priced at £99.00 incl VAT, postage and packing with a 10% discount for members of the Workplace Law Network, BIFM, RIBA or RICS. Call 0870 777 8881 now quoting ref. 2191 or click here to buy online»