Buildings Access

Before undertaking any major building works you should always consider the needs of disabled people, as plans are easily changed but extra ad hoc building works can be unsightly and expensive.

The University has the BESC Access sub-committee made up from Estates staff, Disability Advisory Service staff and disabled students and staff who can give advice. For more information please see the Estates Grey Book (section 1-7 deals with disability). Please contact  Isobel Hughes in the Estates Office and Peter Quinn at Disability Advisory Service.


The title of this standard is 'Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people - Code of practice' and pretty much says it all. A comprehensive work of 166 pages setting out good practice standards based on ergonomic research, it discusses everything from wheelchair turning spaces required at doorways to lighting within a building.

A copy is available electronically through the British Standards Online website on OxLIP. You will need an Single Sign-On password to access it. A hard copy is also available in the Radcliffe Science Library.

Access to and use of buildings - Approved Document M

Recently updated in 2004, this is similar to, but not as comprehensive as BS8300:2001 and also gives information on adapting buildings for disabled users needs.

A copy is available in the Radcliffe Science Library stacks.

Easy Access to Historic Buildings

Easy Access to Historic Buildings has been written by English Heritage and gives many examples of good practice at various historic sites that have made subtle yet significant changes and improved access for disabled users.

Access Audit Handbook

Written by the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), this handbook gives advice on undertaking access audits to determine the accessibility of buildings and services. It gives a range of case studies and comes with a half-hour DVD which shows how access audits are undertaken.

A copy is available in the Bodleian Bookstack.

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