Can I Get a Lift

disability symbolIn these changing times of modernization, renovation and revitalisation, increasingly we are seeing demand for disabled access and amenities for office buildings.

Quite often a lot of the buildings that we deal with have only stair access and therefore become immediately eliminated off tenants shopping lists.  Many private companies together with government organisations require buildings to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act.

These requirements include, but are not limited to such things as:

Non-stair type access – this can be achieved in a number of different ways at varying costs.  Methods include:

  1. Non-stair type access – this can be achieved in a number of different ways at varying costs.  Methods include: 

i)        Conventional passenger lifts which can be very costly, are quite involved construction wise and are not suitable for all buildings due to space restraints or council constraints, however provide the ultimate building access

ii)       Mobility Lifts or Travelators – mounted to the wall of an entry foyer that allows single wheel chair access to traverse flights of stairs

iii)     Ramping – Where a property is ground floor but has several stairs, it is possible in some cases to install a ramp to eliminate access issues.  There are strict guidelines as to the allowable gradient for such ramps

  1. Amenities upgrades to allow for wheelchair access.  This includes the widening of doorways, upgrading of basin heights and in some cases the addition of a disabled shower.

The above mentioned upgrades in most cases will improve chances of a building being leased as the disabled friendly access opens them up quite literally to a much broader market.

These upgrades in commercial leasing terms are referred to as DDA compliance.

So perhaps its time to ask yourself………is our building DDA compliant?

Jason Morris
Commercial Industrial Specialist

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