Sample access audit for a Primary School
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Summary of recommendations for improving accessibility

Key:

Budget estimates (very approximate)

None any costs are for management, not construction
A less than £500
B £500 - £2,000
C £2,000 - £5,000
D £5,000 - £10,000
E Over £10,000

Priorities
1 Immediate
2 As soon as possible
3 include in maintenance programme
 
 
Para
Ref:
Elements and Features
Recommendations and Options
Budget
Estimates
Priority
2 Approach and entrance a) provide a designated parking space for people with disabilities
b) provide dropped kerbs on the route from the car park to the main entrance doorway
A
2
3 Front door provide a ramped access to the front door and eliminate the tripping hazards
B
2
4 School Office for doors in frequent use consider providing vision panels from a height of 500mm to enable people in wheelchairs and small children to see and be seen
B
2
5 WCs consider the reorganisation of this space in order to provide on accessible WC (size 2200 x 1500mm) plus separate WCs for men and women. In any new arrangement, ensure that contrasts of colour and tone are suitable to help people with impaired vision.
C
2
8 Staff offices and rooms note that the widths of the corridor are too narrow for most wheelchairs to turn (1200 x 1200mm is recommended) and ensure that other routes are available for wheelchair users if required.
N/A
N/A
9   consider alterations to the vision panels, seating and possibly to the kitchenette if there are problems for members of staff
B
2
10 WCs there appears to be an urgent need for an accessible WC somewhere in this school
see para 5
N/A
13 Temporary Buildings reconstruct the access to both these buildings to the standards recommended in BS 8300
C
1
14 Playground Access or at least some of the external doors with steps, provide ramps with a gradient of not more than 1 in 12, with guard rails to stop people from tripping over the side of the ramp.
B
2
15   consider providing a sloping access without tripping hazards.
A
2
16    
18 Courtyard Access ensure that there are doorways without steps to all the main rooms and spaces in the school.
B
2
20 Teaching Spaces a) ensure that the problems of glare do not cause problems for people with disabilities, e.g. by screening direct sunlight with adjustable blinds

b) for doors in frequent use consider providing vision panels from a height of 500mm to enable wheelchair users and small children to see and be seen.
A
2
21   where the vision panels are higher than 500mm, consider the usage of each door and make alterations as appropriate. Vision panels from a height of 500mm may be particularly useful in a school for young children.
A
2
22 Childrens WC's a) where colour contrasts are inadequate, provide improved contrasts of tone and colour when redecorating;

N/A
3
    b) ensure that maintenance is adequate to eliminate tripping hazards
N/A
2
  Induction loops consider providing induction loops for use in the main areas of the school when required
B
2
 
 
Adrian Cave, revised September 2002
 
   
   
     
   
 
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