Thames Building Control have qualified assessors for your access audits. Our assessors combine a detailed knowledge of accessibility guidance set under BS 8300 and Approved Document M, with a technical, realistic and commercially aware approach. Our aim is to achieve what the client wants with the most cost-effective solution whilst ensuring they meet their obligation under the Equality Act 2010 access requirements.
The purpose of an access audit is to establish how well a building performs in relation to access and ease of use by a wide range of potential users, including people with mobility, cognitive and sensory impairments.
Access audits are valuable:
- To identify necessary adjustments in the service provided to disabled customers to meet the requirements of current provisions of the Equality Act 2010 (formerly the Disability Discrimination Act/DDA), BS8300, and Part M of the Building Regulations.
- As the first “reasonable step” to disabled access indicated in legislation, in recognising the possible obstacles, and devising solutions, to avoid possible litigation by discriminating by way of a worse service to a disabled customer.
- To consider existing management and organisation of a building and its services, to achieve maximum accessibility.
- As part of a future Access Action Plan, enabling incorporation of reasonable adjustments on future refurbishment, regular maintenance and budget planning for substantial capital costs.
- To help gain consent for alterations, extensions and new builds in compliance with Part M of the Building Regulations.