As the guidelines of the BS 8300 standard were developed by industry experts, they recognise the importance of expertise/knowledge in ensuring that the application of resources including Induction Loops and Assistive Listening Systems meet the needs of the end user. The revised British standard covers all external accessibility issues as well as all internal issues. The standard states which public areas should have assistive hearing systems and what type of loop system should be specified.
The new BS 8300 standard matters as it cannot be ignored in any project that you may be involved with. The new standard also provides more clarity on how the buildings should be designed, constructed and maintained to create an accessible and inclusive environment for disabled people.
The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) and BS 8300 recommends the inclusion of Electromagnetic solutions to ensure standards for Ease of Access, Building Regulations, the Equality Act and Advanced Document M (ADM) are met.
The only exceptions to the poor access routes were the schools in the Ashanti Region, where the access routes enhanced the easy movement of wheelchair users and other ambulant (persons who walked with the help of walking aids) persons in these schools. The BS8300 (BSI Group 2001) requires that access routes to and around buildings should be spacious and free from barriers, restrictions and other hazards that could impede free movement, because the provision of narrow approaches creates difficulty for persons with disability. Modification of some of the inaccessible access routes in some schools is therefore required to provide the requisite firm, durable and safe surfaces.
Two double-leaf automatic glass sliding doors have been installed in the previously large open archways to the entrance area, to create access to the waiting area and the individual offices. The entrance area is divided by the new vestibule, but remains bright and transparent. Fitted with Slimdrive SL NT sliding door systems, the new door solutions, tested to the UK Equality Act and the British Standard BS 8300, provide barrier-free ease of access, emergency exit protection and energy efficiency by keeping the cold and draught out. In order to interfere with the architecture as little as possible, the slim Slimdrive SL NT drives, which are only seven centimetres high, were colour-coordinated with the dark wood trim of the door arch. An aesthetic refinement is the central patterning of the glass leaves. The squares etched into the glass reflect the coffered decor of the historic stucco ceiling and skylights. GEZE UK realised this automatic sliding door solution in a long-established collaboration with Laidlaw Door System Installations. 2b1af7f3a8