Improvements in Accessibility of Buildings Proposed

Improvements in Accessibility of Buildings Proposed

Proposals put forward to amend the Building Regulations Article 1997Our Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley put forward proposals today to amend the Building Regulations Article 1997 to help further improve access for people with a range of disabilities to buildings and facilities used within buildings.

The proposed amendments will require that all new buildings (other than dwellings) should be “designed and constructed … so that people with a range of disabilities can safely and independently approach and gain access to a building, circulate within it, use the relevant facilities, including sanitary conveniences within it”. The amendments also apply to “the approach and access to and sanitary conveniences in existing buildings when extended”.

The Minister has urged all interested parties to comment on the proposal put forward today by Friday, 9th October 2009.

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