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Access Consultancy

NRAC Access Consultants for any construction project

New build or refurbishment, considering disabled access issues at the feasibility stage informs the design and can avoid delays in Planning and Building Regulations approval – as well as unforeseen costs. So our team of Access Consultants will work with you at every stage from inception through to completion, advising on all aspects of accessibility.

We have in-depth knowledge of planning, building control issues and disability legislation – whichever country you’re in – with services including:

  • Access Audits of buildings before and after refurbishment
  • Access Appraisals of new-build architectural plans and elevations
  • Access Statements at every stage, including planning, building control, construction, and occupation
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Access Appraisals

The best way to make sure that access is fully considered is to have an Access Appraisal. Undertaken by our NRAC Registered Consultants, an Access Appraisal is a study of a new projects plans with the aim of catching any potential issues before they become one and ensuring that inclusive design guidance is followed.

Often, an Access Appraisal will lay the groundwork for a comprehensive Access Statement and ensure that the design process from inception to development runs as smoothly as possible and avoid the risk of non-compliance under the Equality Act 2010.

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Access Statements

Whatever the size of your project, Design and Access Statements give you peace of mind that all areas have been thoroughly addressed regarding accessibility. A Design and Access Statement is required by Planning authorities as part of the planning application and is compulsory for all but the simplest of householder applications. They cover all aspects of access across the four stages of construction:

Planning Icon Planning
Building Control Icon Building Control
Construction Construction
Completion Icon Completion

The earlier access provision can be considered – preferably the design stage – the better, as you’ll avoid later changes that may affect the building’s aesthetics.

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Lifetime Homes Consultancy

It’s easy to incorporate the Lifetime Homes standards – 16 design criteria for building accessible and adaptable homes – into current designs before your build begins. Often, they don’t even need any additional space.

Our team is fully experienced in every aspect of Lifetime Homes, including creating them in CAD, and can design them into your plans while retaining features and layouts.

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