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What We Do

We provide advice to architects, designers and planners on access issues at the earliest point of development. We do this to ensure they include access for all in their design. As well as reviewing plans we also make site visits to new and refurbished buildings, both in the private and public sector.

We are consulted on access issues in relation to leisure centres, schools, pedestrian crossings and transport. Our consultations include Clydeford View sheltered housing complex in Cambuslang, the upgrading of Hamilton bus station and recently we were consulted by South Lanarkshire College in relation to their design of the First Outstanding Zero Energy Building in the UK.

We met with the college several times to discuss best practice in accessibility for users with disabilities and provided advice regarding physical access as well as the written, audio and visual aspects of the project.

A specific issue we identified was in relation to the proposed accessible toilets. These didn’t appear to fully meet the accessibility requirements for people with disabilities. To help identify a solution we provided the project team with a list of bullet points regarding what a fully accessible toilet should have designed into it. This informed the final design and construction. The result is fully-accessible toilets that meet user requirements much better than standard.

As well as buildings we are also interested in outdoor access. For example advising the Council on improving pedestrian crossings, disabled parking, pavements, paths, street furniture, public parks and outdoor areas. We also respond to other consultations by the Council, Scottish Government and other agencies, in relation to disability issues.

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