Car park wheelchair ramps
Car parks are used daily by various types of users and often provide access to other service levels, including shopping malls and hospitals. As a service provider, car park owners must ensure these buildings are wheelchair accessible to comply with the Equalities Act 2010. This requirement is often achieved with lift access to different levels and ramps.
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.
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
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?
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?
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.
Designing a narrow wheelchair ramp
A narrow wheelchair ramp is often appropriate for projects with limited space. We usually only install compact ramps when no other suitable exits are available. However, if a fully compliant system is obligatory regardless, then a reasonable amount of space is needed to achieve the minimum compliant ramp gradient and width.
The Scottish ramp regulations
The Scottish ramp regulations are very similar to the UK guidelines. For example, The Part M regulations state that a ramp must achieve a minimum gradient. Buildings and spaces for public use must accomplish a minimum ramp gradient of 1:15, while for dwellings, this is 1:12.
Fire escape guide for disabled people
Everyone, including disabled people, have the right to access safe escape routes and exits in the event of a fire. Those with disabilities and wheelchair users are considered especially at risk. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 sets out the legislation that England and Wales must comply with.
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.
Specifying the right airport ramp
When discussing airport 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)
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.
What is a portable ramp?
A portable ramp is an easily removable system that provides temporary wheelchair access over a small step, kerb or entrance into a car. The product is mostly used when a fixed ramp solution such a modular ramp is not required. Portable ramps are made from a variety of materials, e.g. plastic, rubber or aluminium.
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 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.