- Inclusive Access & Corporate Standards
It is no longer acceptable to design new buildings for a narrow user group and then adapt the design later to meet the needs of disabled people.
With this in mind, it is our aim that all construction works be designed inclusively to meet the needs of all end users at the outset of the design process.
The Inclusive Access & Corporate Standards (IACS) team offer a specialist audit and advice service to assist you (and Architects and Contractors when designing and carrying out our works) in ensuring that all accommodation used or provided to deliver services by Kent County Council (KCC) meets Local Authority obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Equalities Act 2010 and Public Sector Equality Duty 2011.
When works are being considered an Access Officer should be involved at 3 key stages:
- A plan review of the proposals
- A site visit during the construction phase
- Completion visit before the works are handed back to the end user.
Advice can also be provided to professional people such as Consultants & Contractors at design and construction stages, using current legislation such as Part M of the building Regulations and BS-8300.
For further information, please refer to our Technical Guidance or contact a member of the Inclusive Access & Corporate Standards Team by emailing IACSenquiries@kent.gov.uk