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 Is Your Polling Stations Wheelchair Accessible?
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Is Your Polling Stations Wheelchair Accessible?

You know the venues chosen as polling stations for election day, but have you ensured they are wheelchair accessible? We specialise in high-quality modular ramps and steps and have installed access to a variety of sites, including churches, car parks and prefabricated buildings for previous elections.  

What Are Pedestrian Ramps?
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What Are Pedestrian Ramps?

Pedestrian ramps function as adaptable bridges, adept at overcoming elevated surfaces, kerbs, and obstacles such as cabling and pipes. Moreover, they also serve as a practical, temporary solution for navigating flooded areas in public settings.

Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)
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Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)

Every year, eligible academies, sixth-form colleges, and voluntary-aided (VA) schools have the chance to apply for capital funding through the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF). The Department for Education (DfE) gives priority to schools with significant structural needs, focusing on keeping educational buildings safe and in good working order. This involves funding projects that address health and safety issues, ensure building compliance, and tackle structures in poor condition.

Do You Offer Portable Steps With Handrails?
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Do You Offer Portable Steps With Handrails?

Handrails are included as a standard feature with our modular steps. They are portable in the sense that they comprise of interchangeable prefabricated sections that are easily disassembled, reconfigured, and relocated to suit site changes.

What Are Mobile Medical Trailers?
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What Are Mobile Medical Trailers?

Mobile medical trailers are commonly modular prefabricated structures built off-site and then transported to their specified locations. They are utilised in both the NHS and the private healthcare sector for various purposes, including but not limited to blood donations, vaccination programs, health screenings, and GP appointment rooms. To facilitate access, an accompanying modular ramp or step unit is often necessary to overcome a door threshold.

RAAC in Schools: Access Solutions
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RAAC in Schools: Access Solutions

Given the pressing need for temporary structures arising from the RAAC crisis impacting public buildings in England including schools, we are keen to extend our assistance by offering access ramps and steps to these facilities.

How Much Does It Cost To Install A Ramp?
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How Much Does It Cost To Install A Ramp?

At Rapid Ramp, we assess the cost of installing a ramp on a case-by-case basis, considering a project’s size, the estimated installation timeline, and the necessary number of Rapid Ramp fitters.

What Is A Temporary Classroom?
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What Is A Temporary Classroom?

A temporary classroom typically takes the form of a portable modular structure positioned in a parking lot or within the school's playground. This setup allows students to continue receiving face-to-face learning either on-site or nearby, even when construction activities are in progress. Additionally, an accompanying ramp is often required to connect the building and the ground, addressing the elevation difference.

Do You Provide Custom Access Ramps?
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Do You Provide Custom Access Ramps?

With a track record spanning more than three decades, we excel in producing custom access ramps. Like a Meccano kit, our system has modular sections that can be customised in an extensive range of lengths, widths, heights, configurations, and colours to suit different access specifications.

What Is The Differences Between The Approved Documents And The British Standards?
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What Is The Differences Between The Approved Documents And The British Standards?

The British standards and the Approved documents both provide essential guidance and regulations for many UK-based projects and industries, including construction.

What Is A changing Places Toilet?
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What Is A changing Places Toilet?

A Changing Places Toilet is a large, accessible restroom equipped with additional space and specialised equipment designed to cater to the requirements of individuals with severe disabilities. In contrast to a typical accessible toilet, Changing Places facilities are equipped with amenities such as privacy curtains, lifting hoists, and adult-sized changing benches.

What Are The Different Types Of Ramps?
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What Are The Different Types Of Ramps?

There numerous types of ramps including vehicle ramps, loading ramps, stage ramps, portable ramps, wheelchair ramps and fully compliant ramps.

Improvements Towards An Accessible City
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Improvements Towards An Accessible City

Navigating physical barriers in cities can be a daunting task for many individuals with disabilities. The challenges they face range from a lack of drop kerbs to inaccessible toilets and buildings. However, there are numerous improvements that can be made to reduce these struggles and ultimately create a more inclusive and accessible urban environment. This article explores several suggestions aimed at enhancing accessibility for disabled city dwellers.

What Is A Modular Ramp?
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What Is A Modular Ramp?

A modular ramp comprises of interchangeable prefabricated sections that are easily assembled, disassembled, and reconfigured to suit each project’s specific accessibility needs. Similarly to other ramps, they provide access to buildings and spaces for disabled and able-bodied users. In addition, they can often provide walkway access over obstacles such as pipes and cabling during maintenance works.

An Accessible London – Rapid Ramp Playing Its Part
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An Accessible London – Rapid Ramp Playing Its Part

Ensuring accessibility for all individuals in cities, including London, is of utmost importance. While significant improvements have been made in recent years, there is always room for further modifications. At Rapid Ramp, we are committed to doing our part by supporting local authorities, businesses, and schools in their efforts to enhance accessibility. We specialise in providing modular wheelchair ramps, offering practical solutions to facilitate smooth and safe passage for individuals with mobility challenges. By collaborating with various stakeholders, we strive to contribute to the ongoing mission of creating inclusive environments for everyone in our cities.

 Do You Offer Wheelchair Ramps In Scotland?
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Do You Offer Wheelchair Ramps In Scotland?

Rapid Ramp remains committed to serving Scotland with our wide range of public access ramps and steps. Our service packages cater to various needs and include Supply Only, Supply & Installation, and Ramp Rental. These offerings are available across all regions, ensuring accessibility for public access projects throughout Scotland.

How Much Does A Wooden Wheelchair Ramp Cost?
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How Much Does A Wooden Wheelchair Ramp Cost?

The cost of a wooden wheelchair ramp will depend on various factors, including the design, size, usage, labour time, and if it needs to comply with access regulations, e.g. Document M and K. Unfortunately, a wooden ramp is designed as a one-use option and requires costly, consistent maintenance to prevent warping, rot, splintering, and cracking. Modular steel ramps are far superior in terms of long-term productivity, reusability, cost efficiency and safety (e.g. a fire-resistant material).

Accessibility Checklist For Polling Stations
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Accessibility Checklist For Polling Stations

Every individual, including those with disabilities, deserves an accessible experience at polling stations without any barriers hindering their right to vote. These barriers may include physical challenges like steps, inadequate signage, lack of accessible toilets, and issues with building access. This article explores critical accessibility considerations for voters, including temporary solutions such as ramps.

Do Outdoor Steps Need Handrails?
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Do Outdoor Steps Need Handrails?

When dealing with an outdoor steps containing three or more risers, it is advisable to install handrails. Specific information regarding handrail specifications can be located in Document K.

What Type of Ramp Is Suitable For Stages?
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What Type of Ramp Is Suitable For Stages?

The chosen ramp suitable for your stage will often depend on the threshold height that needs to be overcome, its usage and how long the system will be in situ (if temporary or permanent). Various performers with different mobility levels utilise stages. Within the entertainment industry, service providers such as theatre owners and event organisers must guarantee that performance spaces, including stages, are wheelchair-accessible in accordance with the Equalities Act 2010.

Do Your Ramps & Steps Require Building Control Sign-Off?
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Do Your Ramps & Steps Require Building Control Sign-Off?

Specific minimum requirements, safeguards and features are necessary to achieve building control sign-off for ramps and steps. For example, Building Regulations require ramps for public use to accomplish a minimum width of 1500mm, while for dwelling ramps, the minimum is 900mm. Also, ensure that you have assigned a Building Control Officer (BCO) for the project. The term 'building control officer' generally (although not always) refers to an employee of the local authority, whereas 'approved inspector' is a private sector individual or organisation and often is your point of contact for sign-off.

Guide To Choosing An Access Ramp
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Guide To Choosing An Access Ramp

Access ramps are designed to overcome obstacles like kerbs, door thresholds, and obstructions like pipes and cabling. Different ramp types have their own weight capacity; for example, our modular ramp has been tested to bear loads up to 1,000kg. Regardless of the variation selected, all ramps are intended to assist individuals using wheelchairs. This guide delves into questions related to selecting ramps, covering aspects like available types, applications, and adherence to ramp regulations.

When Is A Single Metal Step System Suitable?
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When Is A Single Metal Step System Suitable?

A single step system is typically designated for temporary use, especially to provide access to a prefabricated buildings. We offer a temporary step system with an optional platform.

Can Your Ramps Be installed Over Tree Roots?
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Can Your Ramps Be installed Over Tree Roots?

Yes, Rapid Ramp Systems can be installed in over areas with tree roots, including near protected trees, by providing root-friendly foundations. Excavation and concrete can be minimised or completely eliminated if required.

Why Do I Need Steps With Handrails?
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Why Do I Need Steps With Handrails?

For safety purposes, we always recommend choosing access steps with handrails included. Handrails are designed to provide the user with stability and support; without them, a user could trip and fall over. Also, if you require sign-off from the building control, a platform is mandatory with any step unit.

 The Benefits Of Metal Steps?
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The Benefits Of Metal Steps?

Metal steps carry numerous benefits over traditional materials such as wood or concrete, for example metal doesn’t rot. Our own step system is constructed from galvanised steel to prevent rusting and moss growth.

Can You Construct A Pedestrian Bridge Ramp?
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Can You Construct A Pedestrian Bridge Ramp?

Our system can be adapted into a pedestrian bridge ramp, capable of overcoming obstacles like pipes, cables, manholes, drops, or variations in floor heights.

Do Public Access Steps Need to Comply With Building Regulations?
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Do Public Access Steps Need to Comply With Building Regulations?

Yes, it is often the case that public access steps need approval from building control authorities. If your project specification necessitates this, any step system must adhere fully to the requirements outlined in Documents K and M of the Building Regulations. Additionally, it should include other essential safety measures and features to prevent falls, collisions, and injuries in a public environment.

How Long Should A Wheelchair Ramp Be?
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How Long Should A Wheelchair Ramp Be?

Amongst several questions to consider when choosing the right ramp, an important one is how long should a wheelchair ramp be? Well, it depends on the threshold height and gradient required.

How To Make A Christmas Market Accessible
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How To Make A Christmas Market Accessible

The holiday season brings joy with its festive atmosphere and various events, such as markets held throughout the UK. Since these gatherings offer a service to the community, it's crucial for them to comply with the 2010 Equality Act, ensuring accessibility for everyone. By incorporating temporary adjustments, individuals with disabilities can enjoy equal opportunities to partake in the festivities.

Recommendations For An inclusive Building Design
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Recommendations For An inclusive Building Design

An inclusive design should be implemented from the earliest phases of a building project (design and planning) and considered throughout to ensure standards are maintained. Within the design, the types of signage, lighting, visual contrasts and materials should be reviewed, as well as how access to the building will be accomplished.

Platform Slip Resistance Test
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Platform Slip Resistance Test

We are delighted to report that the Rapid Ramp Platform continues to provide a professional, tested standard of slip resistance. As evidenced by a recent pendulum test, the mesh platform was successfully evaluated to provide adequate levels of grip in both wet and dry conditions.

How To Make An Event Accessible For Disabled
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How To Make An Event Accessible For Disabled

There are many important considerations when creating an accessible event. Modifications and special provisions should be implemented to remove barriers for disabled participants, attendees, and staff.

What Is A Portable Cabin?
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What Is A Portable Cabin?

A portable cabin is a prefabricated building designed to be quick to fit and utilised in both long and short-term requirements. Plus, it often has an accompanying ramp to overcome a raised exterior door threshold.

How To Create An Accessible Workplace For Disabled People
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How To Create An Accessible Workplace For Disabled People

There are countless reasonable adjustments that employers can and must legally implement to create an accessible workplace for disabled people. Ultimately, improvements are made to empower the disabled workforce and to help individuals efficiently accomplish the day-to-day requirements of their job role.

Health & Safety at Rapid Ramp
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Health & Safety at Rapid Ramp

The health and safety of our workforce continues to be a priority, with safe working practices expected to be observed and followed by all staff members during working hours, e.g., when undertaking site surveys and installations.

Fire Safety Design Regulations For Schools
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Fire Safety Design Regulations For Schools

It is important that professionals such as designers, contractors, building control officers, fire safety officers and school leaders remain updated with the latest fire safety guidelines and regulations, including the Building Bulletin 100 (BB 100) produced by the Department for Education.

How Can I Conduct a Ramp Site Survey
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How Can I Conduct a Ramp Site Survey

Check you have taken all the necessary site measurements, photos and drawings before enquiring for a ramp or steps. Watch this site survey video to see how it's done.

How Do I Build Modular Steps?
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How Do I Build Modular Steps?

Building modular steps is significantly quicker than traditional construction methods such as timber or concrete. Watch this video to learn how it’s done.

Ramp Platform Loading Test
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Ramp Platform Loading Test

We have successfully demonstrated how strong the Rapid Ramp is through a recent loading test using our widest metal platform (1,500mm) for public use.

What Type Of Wheelchair Ramp Is Suitable For Car Parks? | Rapid Ramp
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What Type Of Wheelchair Ramp Is Suitable For Car Parks? | Rapid Ramp

Every day, car parks serve a diverse array of users, granting entry to various service levels such as shopping malls and hospitals. It is the duty of car park owners, as service providers, to guarantee wheelchair accessibility to these facility levels in accordance with the Equalities Act 2010. Typically, this obligation is met through the installation of lift access to different levels and the provision of access ramps as needed.

What Does DDA Stand For?
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What Does DDA Stand For?

DDA stands for the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). The act protects the rights of disabled people, including (but not limited to) those with a physical disability, mental impairment or visual impairment. Please note that The Equalities Act 2010 replaced the Disability Discrimination Act in England, Wales and Scotland.

Do Ramps Need Handrails?
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Do Ramps Need Handrails?

It depends on the type of ramp you need. For example, portable style ramps such as suitcase ramps do not include handrails, but compliant ramps must have warm-touch handrails, as stated in the Building Regulations.

What Is An Expanded Metal Ramp?
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What Is An Expanded Metal Ramp?

An expanded metal ramp has a perforated mesh surface that is often diamond-shaped to allow water to drain through rather than puddle, freeze, or become slippery. The surface is achieved by cutting and stretching sheet metal until it forms the shape required. The same technique is used within our Rapid Ramp manufacturing process.

Aluminium Ramps vs Steel Ramps
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Aluminium Ramps vs Steel Ramps

This article compares aluminium ramps to modular steel ramps, highlighting the advantages & disadvantages of both materials. Aluminium is desirable due to its lighter weight characteristics for portable ramps; however, it also has an increased theft risk compared to steel for scrap metal opportunists.

Part K – What Does It Cover?
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Part K – What Does It Cover?

Part K of the building regulations covers provisions to prevent falls, collisions, and injuries. The document also covers ramps, handrails, ladders, and stairs. Please do get in touch if you require ramps and steps. We have a system for temporary and permanent use.

How To Design Outside Steps?
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How To Design Outside Steps?

Outside steps need to withstand exposure from extreme weather conditions and often need to comply with Part M and K of the Building Regulations if they are for public use or provide access to a council-owned dwelling. We further advise a slip-resistant walkway surface and a fire-resistant step system for users’ safety.

Front Door Step Ideas
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Front Door Step Ideas

There are different materials that a front door step can be constructed from, including concrete, timber and steel. This article breaks down each material's advantages and disadvantages.

How Wide Should A Wheelchair Ramp Be?
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How Wide Should A Wheelchair Ramp Be?

In accordance with the standards set by Parts M and K, wheelchair ramps intended for public use should be 1500mm or wider. Meanwhile, ramps designed for dwellings should be 900mm wide.

Designing A Narrow Wheelchair Ramp
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Designing A Narrow Wheelchair Ramp

A narrow wheelchair ramp is frequently the suitable choice for projects facing spatial constraints. We typically only install compact ramps when alternative exits are not feasible. Nevertheless, if strict compliance with Part M and K regulations is mandatory, a sufficient amount of space becomes essential to meet the minimum gradient and width requirements for a fully compliant system.

Are Ramps Suitable For Trolleys?
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Are Ramps Suitable For Trolleys?

Different ramps may support a varied maximum trolley load. The Rapid Ramp system has a tested loading capacity of 1,000kg. Therefore, if your trolley and its contents do not exceed this weight limit, it will be safe to use.

How Steep Can Ramps Be?
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How Steep Can Ramps Be?

We advise that a ramp gradient should not be steeper than the maximum gradient and meet the minimum set by Part M of the Building Regulations. Preferably a shallow and practicable incline should be achieved.

How Much Does A Ramp Cost?
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How Much Does A Ramp Cost?

The cost of a ramp will vary depending on size, location & specification. For example, our smallest straight Standard Rapid Ramp starts from £2,500. Estimates are subject to site survey, and VAT exemptions can apply.

An Environmentally Friendly Ramp Company
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An Environmentally Friendly Ramp Company

At Rapid Ramp, we dedicate ourselves to reducing the impact our products, services, and activities have on the environment.

Why Are Ramp Handrails Necessary?
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Why Are Ramp Handrails Necessary?

Ramp handrails are designed to provide the user with stability and support. A standard handrail comes included with our modular ramp and step systems. An infill handrail is also available.

What Surfaces Can A Modular Ramp Be Installed Over?
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What Surfaces Can A Modular Ramp Be Installed Over?

Our steel Rapid Ramp Systems and steps can be installed over a variety of soft and hard surfaces. This might not be the case for other materials.

Caravan access ramps & steps
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Caravan access ramps & steps

Our caravan ramps and steps are galvanised modular kits designed for external use and include powder-coated handrails.

Do You Provide Wheelchair Ramps In Ireland?
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Do You Provide Wheelchair Ramps In Ireland?

Rapid Ramp serves Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for any public access ramps & step projects. Service packages include Supply Only, Supply & Installation and Ramp Rental. These are available across all regions for public access projects.

Walkway solutions
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Walkway solutions

Walkway solutions can be achieved with the Rapid Ramp modular system in minimal time for different purposes, including bridging the gap between two levels, wheelchair access to a building, space or as a temporary solution during construction works.

Wheelchair Ramp manufacturing
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Wheelchair Ramp manufacturing

As a UK based wheelchair ramp manufacturer, we are not dependent on ports for stock and continue to supply and install our ramps and steps rapidly across the UK (typically within 3- 5 working days).

What Are Part M Ramps?
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What Are Part M Ramps?

We appreciate ramps and part m of the building regulations can be puzzling; therefore, we have broken down the main fundamentals concerning ramped access. If you require part m ramps, please get in touch as we have a fully compliant system for temporary and permanent use.

The Ramp Process
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The Ramp Process

From enquiry, quotation right through to installation, the whole ramp process is covered at Rapid Ramp, the UK's leading modular ramp provider.

Modular Ramp Kits
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Modular Ramp Kits

Modular ramp kits are steel, flat-packed access systems assembled on-site for external use and suitable for various applications.

The correct wheelchair door width
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The correct wheelchair door width

Regulations in the UK concerning door widths differ based on the type of building and whether the door provides public access.

Creating a temporary walkway
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Creating a temporary walkway

A temporary walkway is often required at festivals, events and on temporary car parks and construction sites. Frequently, it provides access for footfall and wheelchair users over physical obstacles such as pipes, cabling, and rough terrain.

What is a permanent wheelchair ramp?
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What is a permanent wheelchair ramp?

A permanent wheelchair ramp is a system that is fixed to the ground, does not move, and provides a gradual incline over a threshold.

What is the access to work grant?
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What is the access to work grant?

Many disabled people are seeking to access or stay in employment. A government grant such as Access to Work can help provide practical and financial support for employees who have a disability or long-term physical or mental health condition.

Do Schools Need An Accessibility Plan?
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Do Schools Need An Accessibility Plan?

Yes, it is a legal requirement under the Equality Act 2010 for schools to have an accessibility plan. This needs to be approved by their governing or trust board. Fundamentally, it must support disabled pupils in accessing and benefiting from education, facilities, and services.

Royalty Walks On Rapid Ramp
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Royalty Walks On Rapid Ramp

Prince Edward (Earl of Wessex) & his wife Sophie (Countess of Wessex) attended the opening of a new community centre and sensory garden for disabled children and their families in Wokingham Borough.

Modular Access Systems - Videos
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Modular Access Systems - Videos

Helpful videos that explore the features and benefits of a modular access system.

The Standard Step Height - UK Regulations
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The Standard Step Height - UK Regulations

The standard step height you require depends on your answers to the following questions: Does it need to comply with step regulations? Are the steps for private use?

Post-Brexit Preparations – Accessible Buildings
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Post-Brexit Preparations – Accessible Buildings

Post-Brexit preparations are underway with Inland border facilities and lorry parks being produced to accommodate expected road congestions.

Ramps & Steps for Vaccination Centres & Pods
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Ramps & Steps for Vaccination Centres & Pods

Vaccination centres and pods are being installed across the UK, and provisions are being made in existing hospitals and GP practices, in preparation for the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Purple Tuesday - Creating An Accessible Shopping Experience
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Purple Tuesday - Creating An Accessible Shopping Experience

In support of Purple Tuesday, a change program aimed at enhancing the shopping experience for individuals with disabilities, we have compiled a set of recommendations for the benefit of service providers such as shop owners.

 How Can I Determine The Appropriate Access Ramp For An Airport?
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How Can I Determine The Appropriate Access Ramp For An Airport?

When discussing airport access ramps, we first need to look at an example of passenger footfall for context: London Heathrow was one of the world’s busiest airports, with over eighty million passengers passing through in just 2019 alone (Heathrow Airport Limited, 2020).

Improving Hospital Discharges (NHS Long Term Plan)
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Improving Hospital Discharges (NHS Long Term Plan)

People in the UK are living longer than ever before. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimated that in 2019, the life expectancy for women increased to 83.6 years, up four months compared with 2018. For men, this increased to 79.9 years, up three months.

How to design a ramp?
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How to design a ramp?

There are varies design possibilities when configuring ramps, factors including what are listed are considered when designing:

Ramps suitable for hospital beds & Patient equipment
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Ramps suitable for hospital beds & Patient equipment

Patient-moving equipment such as hospital beds and stretchers are in use daily in healthcare and NHS facilities. At times, these are moved in and out of buildings, and provisions need to be made to allow a quick exit for beds in the event of a fire.

What is a Disabled Facilities Grant?
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What is a Disabled Facilities Grant?

A Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is a means-tested grant for disabled people who need financial assistance with home adaptations.

Our Official COVID-19 Response: Supporting The National Health Service (NHS)
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Our Official COVID-19 Response: Supporting The National Health Service (NHS)

During this Coronavirus pandemic, Rapid Ramp seeks to continue our services to the high priority cases, which will reduce the pressure on our National Health Service.

Improving disabled access at UK festivals
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Improving disabled access at UK festivals

Most people can enjoy access to music at any time, anywhere. However, for disabled festival-goers, e.g. wheelchairs users and individuals with disabilities, seeing their favourite band live can be mentally or physically challenging without the correct provisions in place.

Wheelchair Ramp Maintenance, Cleaning, Powder-Coated Finish
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Wheelchair Ramp Maintenance, Cleaning, Powder-Coated Finish

The Rapid Ramp System needs very little maintenance. However, we have given a few suggestions that should help increase your wheelchair ramp's longevity.

What is a DDA compliant Ramp?  - Compliance with Disability Discrimination Act
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What is a DDA compliant Ramp? - Compliance with Disability Discrimination Act

The Equalities Act 2010 replaced the Disability Discrimination Act of 2005 (DDA). However, the term 'DDA compliant ramp' is still commonly used when discussing laws protecting the rights of disabled people to access buildings, services and spaces.

How to build a modular wheelchair ramp
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How to build a modular wheelchair ramp

Building a modular ramp is significantly quicker than traditional construction methods such as timber or concrete. Watch this video to learn how it’s done.

What is a GRP Ramp?
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What is a GRP Ramp?

GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic), an slip-resistant surface solution for ramps and steps.

Wooden Ramps vs Metal Ramps
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Wooden Ramps vs Metal Ramps

The popularity of metal ramps is on the rise, thanks to their speedy and effortless installation, effectively overcoming various challenges associated with wooden ramps.

Concrete Ramps vs Metal Ramps
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Concrete Ramps vs Metal Ramps

Metal ramps are increasing in popularity. They are quick and easy to install and overcome many of the obstacles faced by traditional concrete ramps.

Why do we talk about ‘Warm-to-Touch’ Handrails?
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Why do we talk about ‘Warm-to-Touch’ Handrails?

When bitter weather sets in, external uncoated metal handrails can become extremely cold to the touch. Likewise, when the sun beats down on uncoated rails, the heat becomes unbearable.

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