Disability ramps - making your life easier

If you need a permanent, solid ramp to ensure safe access to your home then we can supply it, whatever the outside levels are.

Our ramps are constructed of concrete, tarmac or block paving and come with the correct galvanised tubing handrails and comply with current health and safety legislation.

DIS Contractors installs disability ramps throughout Lincolnshire for private clients and Lincolnshire Home Improvements – an organisation that helps people obtain local authority grant assistance or access to other funding.

We give you or your family members extra safety and peace of mind from well-built disability ramps.

Quality workmanship delivered on time and on budget.  You can rely on DIS Contractors.

Contact us today on 01522 825 825

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Access Ramps - please contact us to find out more about your rights and responsibilities

Part M of the Building Regulations
Approved Document Part M Building Regulations Minimum Standards

Previous versions of Part M set down certain minimum standards for disabled access for such items as steps and ramps, door widths, accessible toilets etc., but did not go into much detail and consider the problems of disabled people and their enjoyment of services.

Revised Part M came into effect from 1st May 2004.

Both the requirements of Part M and the text of the Approved Document now reflect to a much greater extent the notion that people's abilities are not uni-dimensional and change over time and with family and personal circumstances. They clearly signal a move away from the narrow aim of making buildings accessible to, and usable by disabled people towards an aim to make buildings accessible to, and usable by everyone - including people with disabilities. Much closer dovetailing with the aims of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and good practice access design guides are included, rather than the outdated minimum standards in the old Part M.

The guidance points out that the present exemption for 10 years for work carried out in accordance with existing Part M provided in relation to service provision only applies to work that complies with the objectives, design considerations and provisions of the 1992 and 1999 editions of Approved Document M and explains that the Government is considering whether the exemption should be extended to cover features constructed in accordance with the 2004 edition.

The new requirements apply to:
• Access to and use of new buildings
• Access to extensions to buildings other than dwellings
• Sanitary conveniences in extensions to buildings other than dwellings
• Sanitary conveniences in dwellings

A further significant change in the new edition is that the application of Part M has been widened to include existing non-domestic buildings undergoing extension, a material alteration or a material change of use, when the work being undertaken will have to make reasonable provision for access in compliance with Part M. In addition, in the case of extensions and changes of use of part of a building, there must either by suitable independent access to that part of the building or suitable access through the building.

Special guidance is provided for historic buildings.

Access Statements: These are of particular relevance for existing non-domestic buildings undergoing a change of use or extension, for new buildings where there has been a departure from the guidance in AD M, and to balance the sometimes competing priorities of access and conservation.

An Access Statement should be provided at the start of, and during, the building control process, and should accompany deposited plans. This should help building control bodies to make judgment on whether building development proposals make 'reasonable provision' for access. It can be used to allow the applicant to identify the constraints imposed by the existing buildings, and should record where the applicant wishes to depart from the guidance in AD M in order to provide a better solution to meeting the requirements of Part M. "Reasonableness" is a new aspect of Building Regulations, that runs parallel with similar consideration in the Code of Practice with the Disability Discrimination Act.

Comprehensive design guides on various access elements of a building and environment produce a much more user friendly approach to fully inclusive design.

Here at DIS we can help you to understand your rights and your responsibilities and we can carry out the required work to a high standard, on time and on budget.  You can rely on DIS Contractors.

Contact us today on 01522 825825

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