This seminar will introduce the scope of the Equality Act 2010 and illustrate how it interacts with Building Regulations and good practice guidance to inform design outcomes. It will identify important changes to Parts K, M and N of the Building Regulations regarding accessibility and also consider the implications of means of escape for disabled people.
This comprehensive session will cover:
• Responding to diversity: a shift of policy regarding our built environment, what it might be, and for whom
• Legal obligations: understanding four decades of social change reflected in disability equality legislation and in building regulations; a moving picture
• The DDA 1995 and the Equality Act 2010 as drivers for change: the relevance of this legislation to our built environment and heritage and what adjustments might be expected
• Duty of care: competing legislation and understanding the pecking order; the legal hierarchy
• Options for improving accessibility: what can I do? Setting out the options for reasonable adjustments
• Understanding the aims of legislation: developing a ‘built environment’ strategy to meet the objectives of legislation and regulations
• Case studies: examples of achieving improved accessibility to existing buildings
• On-screen test: spot the reasonable adjustments
• Design standards and references: what you should have in your library.
Using case studies and examples of common design issues, the speaker will illustrate how legislation, regulation and guidance can be used to create places and spaces that are accessible, inclusive, safe and enjoyable for everyone to use, whilst at the same time not stifling design freedom or creativity.
Speaker: John Darvill, David Bonnett Associates
John is a Senior Consultant with David Bonnett Associates. He is a member of RIBA and The Society of Architectural Illustrators. He has held senior management positions in the corporate environment, and was previously Head of Research and Development within the property arm of the Barclays Banking Group. He joined DBA as a supporting professional to carry out access audits with particular emphasis on space planning and strategic property advice. He provides access auditing and consultation, and is the author of access reports on a wide variety of buildings, ranging from new commercial developments to Grade 1 Listed Buildings, covering many different types of function from museums to leisure facilities. He gives talks to a range of organisations and universities on inclusive access.
Core Curriculum topics: 1. Access for all 2. Compliance
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