5 Key Benefits of Disability Access Audits for Buildings
In recent times, Access Audits have become one the most sought-after services from our Access Consultancy division. An Access Audit (formerly referred to as a DDA Audit) is the assessment of a buildings performance when accessed and used by a wide range potential users which include people with cognitive, sensory and mobility impairments, as well as considering the needs of all users protected characteristics in pursuant of The Equalities Act 2010.
Inclusive Design, Accessibility and Management is the cornerstone of modern businesses, regardless of their nature or trade
In this blog, we will be emphasising on 5 of the key benefits of having an Access Audit initiated at your property.
(1) Identifying Reasonable Adjustments as is required by Legislation
To identify Reasonable Adjustments in relation to Access and ease of use against The Equality Act 2010 (formerly Disability Discrimination Act), BS 8300 and Part M of the Building Regulations.
An access Audit covers both the Building and the External Environment, ensuring that any possible obstacles or barriers are acknowledged and adequate but reasonable solutions are devised, helping you keep abreast with latest legislation and best practice guidance.
(2) Considering Changes to Policies and Procedures
When overcoming barriers, changes to business practices can often prove sufficient where physical alterations are not feasible and as such recommendations of this nature are pertinent to creating truly accessible environments by considering changes to the current management policies and procedures within the building in order to achieve maximum accessibility.
(3) Reducing the Likelihood of Claims of Discrimination
If you are a service provider, you may need to make reasonable adjustments in pursuant of Section 20 of The Equality Act 2010 which suggests for making arrangements (including
physical arrangements) to help a disabled person overcome a substantial disadvantage.
An Access Audit enables you to take the first 'Reasonable Step' to identifying and overcoming barriers to reduce the likelihood of litigation claims for discriminating against disabled customers.
(4) Gaining Statutory Consent for Refurbishments, Extensions and New Builds
To assist with gaining statutory consent for any new developments or alterations and refurbishments to existing buildings, particularly in achieving compliance with Part M of the Building Regulations.
(5) Planning and Budgeting for Improving Accessibility
To assist in building an Action Plan for improving Accessibility by implementing Reasonable Adjustments during future refurbishments or cyclical redecorations, as well as preparing budget plans and including for ample capital costs.
We have initiated Access Audits at various property types over the years and are open to clients from a wide range of sectors including Government, Education, Retail, Healthcare, Hospitality, Leisure, Transport and Housing. Our approach is flexible and we respond to our clients requirements with bespoke solutions, whilst upholding our professional standards and high quality service.
Please do not hesitate in contacting our Access Consultancy department by emailing email@example.com or calling us on 020 3876 5818 to talk through your requirements.
Our Access Consultants include members of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, The Chartered Institute of Building and The Access Association.