Last edited 08 May 2024

Best practice for designing accessible and inclusive environments BS 8300

BS 8300 defines the best practices for designing an accessible and inclusive environment and applies to the whole of the UK, but is not a legal requirement. It is made up of BS 8300-1 for external environments such as car parks and access routes and BS 8300-2 for buildings such as. internal layout and facilities and was published in 2018. The standards are currently under review and is considered as going beyond the minimum requirement for accessibility but does not apply to individual dwellings, or to residential buildings specifically designed for the care of people with complex or multiple disabilities.

These standards replaced BS 8300:2009 (+A1:2010) Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people first published on February 28 2009 and withdrawn in January 5 2018.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM Regulations) were actually introduced in 1994, revised in 2007, finalised and came into force on 6 April 2015. These were intended to ensure that health and safety issues are properly considered during a project’s development so that the risk of harm to those who have to build, use and maintain structures is reduced. For further information visit CDM 2015.

The Approved Document MAccess to and Use of Buildings provides guidance document relating the requirements of the Building Regulations for access to and the use of buildings.The main change in the 2015 first edition of the Approved Document was that it is was provided in two volumes. Volume 1 edition published in 2016 with amendments. Volume 2 access to and use of buildings, amended, buildings other than dwellings, published in June 2021 with the 2020 amendments.

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