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Last edited 29 Jan 2018
Clear access route
The building regulations set out legal requirements for specific aspects of building design and construction. A series of approved documents provide general guidance about how different aspects of building design and construction can comply with the building regulations.
Approved document M provides guidance for satisfying Part M of the building regulations: Access to and use of buildings, which requires the inclusive provision of ease of access to, and circulation within, buildings, together with requirements for facilities for people with disabilities.
|Clear unobstructed ‘pathway’ to access a window or other feature. Localised obstructions are not permitted unless specifically stated.|
A clear access zone is a:
|Clear, unobstructed space for access or manoeuvring. Localised obstructions are not permitted unless specifically stated.|
Where a localised obstructions is a:
|Short, fixed element such as a bollard lighting column or radiator, not more than 150mm deep that may intrude into a path, route, or corridor, that does not unduly restrict the passage of a wheelchair user.|
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