Tudor Grange Academy is designed to be fully inclusive and to comply with Part M of the Building Regulations.
Access considerations have included:
- Arrival: vehicular and pedestrian;
- Legibility and ease of access to the entrance;
- Internal way finding including colours and signage;
- Internal horizontal and vertical circulation;
- Stairs and lifts;
- Alarm indicators and means of escape;
- Changing and toilet facilities;
- The use of colour and texture;
- Floor finishes;
- Ironmongery and fittings;
- Control switches, and
- Auditory and visual communications.
Criteria for inclusive design for all include the following users:
- Disabled visitors;
- Disabled students;
- Disabled staff, and
- Members of the community using the available public facilities.
The design for Tudor Grange Academy offers a barrier free access for all across all areas of both the external and internal spaces, the buildings will meet the needs of the DDA Act 2001. The strategic aims of the access strategy can be described as follows:
- Logistics – meeting the needs of people with physical, dexterity, stamina and visual impairments;
- Legibility – providing clear way finding for people with cognitive and visual difficulties;
- Clarity – providing spaces that meet the acoustic and environmental needs of all users, and
- Ergonomics – providing spaces and facilities that meet the needs in detail of people in general considering their different sizes, abilities or disabilities.
Arrival and departure from the site is accommodated with dedicated visitor and disability spaces in close proximity to the main pedestrian entrance. The coach turning and drop-off to the North of the site also gives good access to the sports provision.
The Academy buildings are designed to allow rapid and generous movement spaces, with view and natural light to assist in way finding and orientation. This is centred around the hub and main stairs.
The access aims of Tudor Grange Academy will be to meet the following:
- To maximise access to all parts of the development, its facilities and services for people who are students, visitors and members of staff;
- To ensure that appropriate standards for accessibility can be met at the outset as part of mainstream inclusive design wherever possible;
- To meet requirements of Approved Document Part M of the Building Regulations 2004;
- To meet the aims of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (2005 as amended) (DDA);
- To follow where possible design guidance given in relevant British Standards, and other currently published good practice detailing the needs of disabled people, and
- To observe reasonable functional and financial practicalities for implementing access for everyone.
The following specific issues are identified;
Approach – This is designed for ambulant disabled. All entrances into Tudor Grange Academy have level thresholds with the main entrance door being push button power assisted. The eastern end of the site is relatively level. Disabled parking has been identified adjacent to the entrance plaza providing easy access to the main entrance and reception with the rest of the parking spaces based further round to the north east corner of the site.
Reception Area – The reception desk has horizontal surfaces at heights suitable for people who are standing and for wheelchair users, with good illumination to assist with communication and lip-reading, plus an induction loop to assist people with impaired hearing.
Lifts – There are two lifts within Tudor Grange Academy, one in the new build and one with the existing Laxton block. Both are sufficiently sized for disabled wheelchair use.
Roof terrace – Access to the roof terrace on Level 1 will be across level thresholds as it is possible to drop the slabs below to accommodate the insulation build-ups.
Sanitary accommodation – The toilet design strategy consists of individual cubicles which are signed for male or female use, with full height partitions and doors for each individual WC cubicle. Shared hand washing ensures these areas remain as open as possible. The number of toilets has been calculated from BS6465-1 2006. Sanitary provision for Schools. All accessible WCs are to be designed to the recommendations of Approved Document Part M.