Part M ramps

Part M ramps

Published on Wednesday 21st July 2021

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.

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.

Please note that ramps must adhere to both Part M and Part K of the building regulations; however, if there is a conflict between the guidance, then Part M takes precedence.

Specifying ramped access

Usage is an important consideration when specifying. For example, consider the types of traffic using the ramp or steps and the sort of building or space.

Part m ramps dwellings  Part m ramps public buildings

Please note: countless other scenarios are not listed below.

 

Example Scenario Recommended Solution Case Studies 

Private Dwellings

Very little daily footfall.

 

Example Buildings & Spaces -

flat, apartment, caravan, mobile home, private house, or garden.

Our standard ramp.  It is the homeowner’s choice if they require a Part m and Part K compliant ramp.

 

A wide platform is recommended if the system is for a powerchair user to provide turning space.

https://www.rapidramp.co.uk/case-studies/gate-ramp-bexhill

 

https://www.rapidramp.co.uk/case-studies/caravan-wheelchair-ramp-canterbury

Council-owned properties

Very little daily footfall.

 

Example Buildings & Spaces -

garden, house or flat.

Council properties will need to comply fully with Document M, Volume 1, Dwellings.

 

A modular ramp is ideal as it can easily be dismantled if the tenant were to move. Also, the ramp can be reused, reconfigured, and relocated at a different council property.   

 

A wide platform is recommended if the tenant is a powerchair user to provide turning space.

https://www.rapidramp.co.uk/case-studies/hainault-homeless-centre

Festivals & Events

High daily footfall is expected with diverse traffic, including prams, pedestrians (adults & children), wheelchair users, mobility scooter users, and heavy-duty trollies.  

 

Example Buildings & Spaces -

accessible toilets, changing facilities, marquees,viewing platforms, warfare cabins and temporary walkways.

A temporary, fully compliant ramp on hire.

Concrete pads can be added underneath the feet to ensure rigidity in muddy conditions. 

https://www.rapidramp.co.uk/case-studies/temporary-wheelchair-ramp-university-graduation-ceremony

 

https://www.rapidramp.co.uk/case-studies/removable-wheelchair-ramps-mobile-changing-unit

Airports & Train Stations

High daily footfall is expected with diverse traffic, including prams, bikes, pedestrians (adults & children), wheelchair users, mobility scooters users and luggage trollies. 

A fully compliant ramp with wide GRP, slip-resistant platforms.

 

Wide platforms provide turning space for wheelchairs and trollies. Plus, they can be designed to cover traffic moving in both directions.  

 

Our platforms have a weight capability of 1,000kgs. 

https://www.rapidramp.co.uk/case-studies/wigan-wallgate-train-station

 

https://www.rapidramp.co.uk/case-studies/semi-permanent-wheelchair-ramps-manchester-airport

Schools

High daily footfall, mainly students and staff.

 

Example Buildings & Spaces -

playgrounds, modular classrooms, offices and other school buildings.

A slip-resistant, fully compliant ramp with Safetread Rubber Crumb Surface and Fine Underside Mesh.

 

Safetread Rubber Crumb is a soft, slip-resistant ramp covering that reduces the impact of falls. The product is made from the same materials used in soft play areas.

 

Fine Underside Mesh has 20mm x 20mm small square holes designed to stop litter from blowing underneath the ramp. 

https://www.rapidramp.co.uk/case-studies/palmarsh-primary-school

 

https://www.rapidramp.co.uk/case-studies/woodthorpe-school

 

https://www.rapidramp.co.uk/case-studies/lord-derby-academy

Vets

Large daily footfall is expected with diverse traffic, including prams, pedestrians (adults & children), wheelchair users, and dogs.

A fully compliant ramp with Safetread Rubber Crumb Surface and Underside Mesh Hoarding.

 

Safetread Rubber Crumb is a slip-resistant, soft padded surface ideal for a dog’s paws and craws.

 

Underside Mesh Hoarding is designed to prevent children and animals from gaining access to the underneath of the ramp. It is often specified for schools and public buildings.

https://www.rapidramp.co.uk/case-studies/ramp-for-dogs-plunketts-veterinary-surgery

Hospitals

Large daily footfall is expected with diverse traffic, including prams, pedestrians (adults & children), wheelchair users, mobility scooter users, heavy medical equipment, and hospital beds.

A fully compliant wide ramp with slip-resistant GRP surface.

 

Wide platforms provide turning space for hospital beds, wheelchairs, and wheeled medical equipment. Plus, they can be designed to cover traffic moving in both directions. 

 

Our platforms have a weight capability of 1,000kgs.

https://www.rapidramp.co.uk/case-studies/hammersmith-hospital

 

https://www.rapidramp.co.uk/case-studies/modular-platforms-qeqm-hospital

 

https://www.rapidramp.co.uk/case-studies/disabled-ramp-sedlescombe-house-surgery

 

Part M & K design points for dwelling rampsPart m ramps

  • The minimum width of a ramped approach is 900mm (Doc M, Vol 1. P12, 2.9B).
  • The minimum gradient of a ramped approach is 1:12 (Doc M, Vol 1. P12, 2.1).
  • If the ramp height exceeds 600mm, then Infill handrail is required to prevent falling (Doc K, Page 22.A).
  • Once the maximum length of the ramp has been achieved, you should provide a level landing to allow the user to rest. The minimal length of a level platform is 1200mm (Doc M, Vol 1, P13, 2.10g). 
  • The maximum length of a ramp can be found in the below diagram.

 

 

part m ramps - ramp length

 

Part M & K design points for public and other buildings Part m ramps

  • The minimum width of a ramped approach is 1500mm (Doc M, Vol 2, P19, 1.26e).
  • The minimum gradient of a ramped approach is 1:15 (Doc M, Vol 2, P19, Table 1).
  • Once the maximum length of the ramp has been achieved, you should provide a level landing to allow the user to rest. The minimal length of a level platform is 1500mm (Doc M, Vol 2, P20 / Doc K, 2.13b).
  • The maximum length of a ramp can be found in the above diagram.
  • You can specify continuous handrails (Doc K, P14, 1.35).
  • The minimum step width is 1500mm (Doc M, Vol 2, P19, 1.26e)
  • The minimum handrail height for a level platform is 1100mm (Doc M, P24, Diagram 3.1)
  • If the ramp height exceeds 380mm, then Infill handrail is required to prevent falling (Doc K, P16, 1.39a/22b).

 

 

 

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