Physical environment

Preparing buildings and access requirements

  • Ramps to all necessary locations.
  • Accessible lifts and lift buttons.
  • Automatic doors.
  • Accessible external paths and landscaping.
  • Accessibility within buildings, including their interior layout.
  • Vibrating and light fire alarms for people with hearing loss.
  • Adapted fire alarms and door bells in university accommodation.
  • Vibrating pagers.
  • Fire refuges or alternative escape routes for people with mobility impairments.
  • Quiet refuges and first aid facilities where people with epilepsy, for example, might go after an attack.
  • Rooms without fluorescent lighting.
  • Enhanced signage and colour or tone contrasts to aid orientation.
  • Enhanced lighting to facilitate lip reading.
  • Effective sound system with T loops.
  • Desks, laboratory benches, work surfaces and reception desks at varying or flexible heights.
  • Appropriate seating.
  • Reserved areas in all teaching and learning locations, including the library.
  • Accessible technology, including screen readers, and libraries.
  • Accessible toilets.
  • Accessible services, such as catering facilities.
  • Convenient and reserved parking spaces.
  • Lowered kerbs.