New-build is an obvious situation where a business, local authority or other organisation might come to About Access for the guidance that will ensure – even before a brick is laid – that the design and facilities are accessible for all.
However it is far from the only scenario, and because of that our access consultancy service takes many different forms and is shaped by the requirements of the individual client.
It may be that a building is to undergo some alterations, and so the occupiers need advice about access around the new-look premises. There may even be questions about new furnishings or colour schemes – on one occasion we were called in to advise on the possible impact for partially-sighted people of the pattern on a new carpet.
Generally, as access consultants we provide advice on how the requirements of people with impairments can be incorporated into the design and management of the built environment.
We ensure that the facilities and services provided in buildings are accessible to disabled and non-disabled people alike. We offer support throughout the property development process to completion, giving on-going advice at all key stages. We can also assist where accessibility issues emerge due to factors such as customer complaints, helping to achieve resolution with minimum cost and inconvenience.
We also offer a range of tailored services to deal quickly and effectively with specific situations as and when they arise.