When planning commercial projects, it’s hugely important to consider accessibility for a variety of people, especially those who may struggle with steps or steep inclines. When considering accessibility, there are many things to consider:
- People who need assistance when getting around (for example, people with wheelchairs or mobility scooters)
- People who need assistance seeing (blind people or visually impaired people)
- People who struggle with stairs (who might require crutches, or walking aid)
- People who are pushing a pram or pushchair
Ensuring people can access your building and commercial project, regardless of their situation, is important to ensure customers feel welcomed and included – but it’s also important to factor in accessibility in terms of safety, and making sure people can access the building or property safely.
The importance of accessible ramps when planning commercial projects
Accessible ramps are a large part of ensuring a commercial project is accessible to the people listed above. Accessible ramps mean that people who cannot use stairs, or people who use wheelchairs as their mobility devices, or people who find stairs painful, can easily access your property. Accessible ramps give an easier alternative to stairs, and a necessary alternative in many cases.
Accessible ramps also need to be made of appropriate materials. Any supportive poles or handle rails need to be strong and sturdy and supportive – and any flat surfaces need to be made of a smooth surface, that will be easy to manoeuvre wheels on. Resin bound paving works especially well for this.
Here are some other ways you can ensure accessibility is a high priority in your commercial project…
- Ensure you have a corporate policy that puts inclusive design and accessibility at the top of the priority list. Ensure this policy is communicated to architects and landscape designers.
- Make sure you seek professional advice from those qualified in providing accessible ramps and entrances when planning your projects. Seeking advice in the early stages of a project can help you understand early-on what needs doing. It may also help you address any limitations too.
- Ensure you liaise with relevant authorities as early as possible during your project. This ensures that you’re keeping any restrictions in mind, but they’ll also be able to help you explore additional options too.
If at any point during a commercial project you are unsure what accessibility options there are available, or you are unsure how or where to put them – always seek professional assistance. There are companies out there who advise and consult on this – and they are the best people to speak too.