• 29 January 2004

Workplace Law Publishing launches the Second Edition of the UK’s No.1 Guide to the Disability Discrimination Act Part III

Workplace Law Publishing has launched the 2004 Edition of the best selling Disability: Making Buildings Accessible Special Report, Second Edition. This comprehensive publication is essential reading for architects, facilities managers and surveyors. The Disability: Making Buildings Accessible Special Report (ISBN 1-900648-84-9) has been fully revised to include the latest changes in legislation, including the provisions of the Building Regulations Part M (accessibility).

This comprehensive special report will help readers to
  • Understand the legal requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act and Building Regulations Part M.
  • Establish what changes need to be made to buildings and how much they will cost.
  • Avoid the risk of legal action when regulations come into force.
  • Manage difficulties with historic buildings, site security and fire safety.

The Special Report includes highly practical sections on frequently overlooked issues, such as the use of colour and contrast, wayfinding and signage, and issues 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.

Our team of expert authors have produced an essential reference text designed to help you comply with the requirements of Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act as cost effectively as possible and to avoid unnecessary expenditure.

George Ferguson, President, Royal Institute of British Architects commented:

“For the RIBA and its 30,000 members, the Special Report will help to clarify what the DDA requires of architects. . . . . Following the success of the first edition, the second edition is fully updated to cover the recent revision of Part M and sees the introduction of five new chapters, encompassing landlord and tenant issues, access audits, occupational therapists, Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001(SENDA), and helpful hints on keeping the costs down.”

The Disability: Making Buildings Accessible Special Report, Second Edition is available in the Workplace Law Network Online shop at: or by calling our sales hotline on 0870 777 8881 (9am-5pm, weekdays). Alternatively, e-mail A 10% discount is available to members of the Workplace Law Network, BIFM, RIBA or RICS. Please quote ref. 1574 when ordering.

If you require a graphic of the Disability: Making Buildings Accessible Special Report, Second Edition or any further information please contact Ben Daft on 0870 777 8881 or


Notes for Editors

What the Disability: Making Buildings Accessible Special Report, Second Edition covers

- 200 A4 sized pages
- ISBN 1-900648-72-5
- Price: £99.00 including VAT and free delivery.
- Binding: Threadbound by Burlington Press

Copies can be ordered by calling our Sales Hotline on 0870 777 8881 (9am – 5pm weekdays) or by e-mailing Alternatively, visit our website for more information on the Handbook, and other Workplace Law Publications, at

About the Workplace Law Network

The Workplace Law Network supplies legal support and information to over 32,000 UK managers and employers, including property, HR and health and safety managers. The Network specialises in employment law, health and safety and premises management issues, combining legal and practical advice seamlessly across these areas.

The Workplace Law Network publishes the UK's leading legal journal for the FM market place (Facilities Management Legal Update), as well as a range of books and special reports on the management of the workplace. It also produces conferences and training on key legal issues in workplace management.

The Workplace Law Network produces a number of legal e-bulletins for professional institutes in the UK including the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).


Editor – Keith Bright MSc FRICS FBEng MCIOB NRAC Consultant
Chartered Surveyor
Registered Access Consultant

Access Property Consultants Ltd.
Simone West, Access Consultant

Centre for Accessible Environments
Sarah Langton-Lockton, Chief Executive

City of York Council
Hilary Roome, Conservation Architect

Department of Health
Jeremy Porteus, Housing Network Lead, Health and Social Care Change Agent Team

Disability Law Service
Jo Honigmann, Education Solicitor

Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC)
Professor Peter Barker

Helen Kane, Head of Corporate Landlord and Tenant Team

Peter JG Williams, Real Estate Support Lawyer

John Miller Partnership
John Miller, Approved Inspector and Access Consultant

Martineau Johnson
Clive Read, Partner

Parker Knight Associates
Janet Parker MSc Dip COT OT, Occupational Therapist and Access Consultant

Research Group for Inclusive Environments
Geoffry K. Cook, Senior Lecturer
Professor Peter Barker
Sue Flanagan, University of Reading

Transport for London
Pip Hesketh, Head of Equality and Inclusion

University of West England
Clara Greed, Professor of Inclusive Urban Planning

Laura Selbekk, Access Consultant, in private practice