11th December 2000

 

DESIGNING BUILDINGS WITH ACCESS IN MIND

 

A two-day event to help architects understand accessibility issues will be held at the Hull School of Architecture in the New Year.

 

A raft of recent legislation has brought disabled access into the spotlight, and the implication of the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995 is that by 2004 many buildings will require physical alteration to remove barriers to access.

 

“Designers need to understand accessibility if they are to be able to advise their clients on their legal obligations,” commented George Clark of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, which is running the course.

 

“Building owners need to appreciate the commercial benefits of a built environment that is accessible to both non-disabled and disabled people.”

 

Key features of the two-day event, which is being promoted by the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, the Access Association* and the National Association of Disability Officers**, are:

 

q       an address by Steve Metcalfe, director of NADO, on the historical and current social context

q       talks by architects Stephen Thorpe and Ann Sawyer

q       workshops on a variety of access issues

q       access audits and appraisals

 

The course takes place on 31st January and 1st February 2001, and those delegates who opt to carry out all the exercises will receive credit points which may be used to contribute to a university qualification in accessibility design.

 

Delegates’ fees are £50 per day and bed and breakfast accommodation can be booked at £20 per night.

 

For more information about the course contact Erica Caley at the Hull School of Architecture on 01482 462017 or email ecaley@humber.ac.uk

 

*          The Access Association represents local authority access officers

**        The National Association of Disability Officers represents staff in FE and

HE involved in delivering a service to students with disabilities

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)