Accessibility Plan for Shawclough Community Primary School 

 

A site inspection was carried out in August 2018.

The building was constructed in 1977 promoting an open plan layout internally with varying floor levels positioned throughout the building which proves challenging when considering ‘Access for all’.

Some internal adaptation has been undertaken over the years to room areas with several rooms now fully enclosed. Previous concertina door sections have been removed and replaced by stud partitions.

Access for all user groups has been accounted for internally with a low level reception counter upon entry along with accessible toilet facilities and numerous stairlifts providing access to all levels of the building.

Internally as priority, attention should be given to the upgrading of quarry tiled floor areas which can be slippery when wet, and replaced with anti-slip vinyl.

Externally many areas of stepped access are in need of adaptation in order to comply with current Building Regulations, at present they fail on numerous counts; namely Steps sets 1, 2 and 4.

The Building Regulations indicate steps need to be provided given ramps are not easily accessible for all ‘user groups’ dependent upon their physical limitations and vice versa..

Steps set 4 have been provided from a different floor level but these too are poorly constructed promoting a fall hazard through lack of handrails. These steps were also noted to be failing in other aspects relating to the current Building Regulations Parts K & M. A balustrade has been recommended.

Due to site constraints, full compliance to Building Regulations is not possible/feasible but ‘Reasonable adjustments’ certainly will improve overall access.

The main concern from both an access point of view and health and safety is that there is no ramped access to the rear of the school for pushchair/wheelchair users and parents with young children are putting themselves at risk by walking through the car park. There is stepped access to the lower part of the pedestrian route and it is recommended that half of the route width is converted into a ramp/slope. Again, site constraints mean that the ramp will not fully comply with Building Regulations regarding gradient and landings, but in this case ‘Reasonable adjustments’ are more important from a health and safety perspective.

To read the full plan click on the file below:

/files/Shawclough_Primary_access_audit_final.pdf