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3rd Edition

The Access Audit Handbook
An inclusive approach to auditing buildings

  • Available for pre-order on February 8, 2023. Item will ship after March 1, 2023
ISBN 9781914124839
March 1, 2023 Forthcoming by RIBA Publishing
176 Pages

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Book Description

Our buildings and environments should be inclusive to all, but how can we assess this? The Access Audit Handbook is an indispensable tool for auditing the accessibility of buildings and services. This book offers straightforward advice about undertaking access audits and explains how they make buildings, environments and services more inclusive. Following the audit, the book explains how each of the various report formats works best to communicate recommendations in the content of current legislation, funding requirements and best practice in building management. Well established as the best resource for conducting access audits, the third edition of The Access Audit Handbook is fully up to date with the latest legal and technical standards as well as developments in equipment and building maintenance. Featuring advice on:

  • Commissioning an access audit
  • Audit methodology
  • Making recommendations
  • Report writing

The practical guidance is supported by case studies, worked examples and checklists.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1.0 Access audits 1.1 What is an access audit? 1.2 Access audits and the Equality Act 2010 1.3 Access audits, access statements and the planning and building regulations process 1.4 What follows an access audit? 1.5 Commissioning an access audit 2.0 Audit methodology 2.1 The site survey 2.2 What do you audit? 2.3 Survey equipment 2.4 Observational assessment 2.5 Data recording 2.6 User participation 2.7 Building management 3.0 Report writing 3.1 A communication tool 3.2 Report formats 3.3 Establishing the legislative context 3.4 Criteria for assessment and design guidance 3.5 Making recommendations 3.6 Priorities and categories 3.7 Cost banding 4.0 Case Studies 4.1 Almeida Theatre 4.2 Penguin Beach , ZSL 4.3 Christ Church 4.4 Guildhall, City of London 4.5 Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London 4.6 Hebdon Bridge Town Hall 5.0 Access audit checklists 6.0 Appendices 6.1 Organisations 6.2 Publications Index Image Credits

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Founded in 1969, CAE is one of the UK’s leading authorities on inclusive design and management and, through access consultancy and training, helps to provide environments that can be accessed, used and enjoyed by everyone. CAE pioneered the provision of access guidance for building designers based on collaborative research with disabled people and this remains core to its activities and services.