Case studies – from historic castles to dragons’ dens

About Access works on a range of projects around a wide variety of buildings, from such historic buildings as castles and stately homes to public sites including libraries and academic institutions and the dragons’ dens of the commercial world – offices, factories, shops of all sizes.

It’s not always possible to reveal details of what we’ve been working on, where and who for but here are a few examples of projects completed and problems solved, even if some of them are anonymous.

Training course passes inspection

Our training courses are very successful and cover all aspects of disabled access for a wide range of organisations. We also offer a choice of locations.

Our Access Auditing course in Coventry attracted delegates from public and charitable sector organisations England and Northern Ireland and provided comprehensive training with a two-day programme.

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HAIG helps to keep Hull accessible

The cityscape in Hull is changing all the time, and the Hull Access Improvement Group (HAIG) is monitoring things closely.

As a member of HAIG for ten years, and with Managing Director Ian Streets serving as its secretary since 2006, About Access plays a key part in ensuring that new developments include provision for disabled people.

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Access expert essential to project team

Architects can improve their prospects of winning major tenders by including an access specialist in their bid team. We know that because of the firms that we work with.

One in particular was working on a design for a major construction company and called in About Access to review the plans from the point of view of accessibility.

They recognised that the project was of such a scale that it needed specialist input, in the same way that you would seek expert advice from a fire engineer or a construction design management professional.

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Carpet conundrum was in the clear

Evidence that the biggest features of a project do not necessarily create the biggest problems was provided with a request for help from one of our public sector clients.

The building was up and the refurbishment was complete, but some of the people using the premises just couldn’t come to terms with the new carpet.

About Access was called in to examine the carpet and investigate whether its bright, modern design might be a tad too colourful for people with visual impairments.

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Partnership approach with English Heritage

Our work for English Heritage demonstrated our expertise in conducting audits of historic buildings – some of them more than 700 years old.

We have visited many sites including Tintagel Castle and Pendennis Castle in Cornwall, Battle Abbey in Sussex, Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire and Witley Court in Worcestershire – and completed studies of all of them.

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Building inspections help budget planning

Budget planning was a key factor in our projects for Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays.

The aim was to help the businesses to plan their budgets for the next financial year, and there may well be other organisations in a similar position, whether they see ensuring good access to their premises as investing in their workforce or whether they just want to make sure they comply with current legislation.

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