Barrier-Free Design  book cover
1st Edition

Barrier-Free Design

ISBN 9780750616362
Published February 7, 1996 by Routledge
204 Pages

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Book Description

This book for architects, interior designers, building managers, students, conference organisers looks at first principles to provide the user with the 'tools' to make their own decisions rather than a 'cookbook' approach. It is intended that designs and product information can be taken straight from the manual and inserted into ongoing projects.

For the first time the book considers the needs of people with visual, hearing and mental disabilities, who make up the majority of disabled people in the population, alongside those of people with physical mobility disabilities. Practical low cost solutions to retro-fitting existing buildings are discussed, as well as the methods used to assess the suitability of an existing building, and assembling a project to improve access for disabled people. Specific products and designs are illustrated and discussed - with full working technical drawings, and full specification details. These will reduce considerably the research time needed to produce a cost-effective solution that will improve access for disabled people. A perspective of the standards and legislation dealing with access issues in the UK is compared with those in other countries, and the standards mentioned are compared with the realities of practical implementation carried out in 4 years of design in this area.

Table of Contents

Table of statutes; Table of cases; The nature of law; Settlement of disputes; Central and local government; Business organizations; The law of contract; Special contracts - building contracts; Employment law; The law of tort; Health and safety; Land law; Planning law; Highways; Building regulations; Index.

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James Holmes-Siedle


'The needs of disabled people in new and existing buildings is increasingly
recognised and makes this publication highly opportune. It provides first
class practical and cost effective detailed guidance on the layout and
equipment of buildings to meet the needs of a variety of disabilities.
The book contains excellent illustrations showing how the requirements
can be satisfactorily met.'
ASI Journal, July 1996

'James Holmes-Siedle has a distinguished record in adapting buildings,
some of them 'listed', to ensure that they are fully accessible to people
with disabilities.'