An Access Statement can be needed for a variety of reasons such as a Planning Application, grant application, Building Regulations application or to assess how your building measures up against the requirements of the Equality Act.
Whether your building is new or existing, it can be helpful to take advice, based on knowledge and experience of what must be achieved, but also practical construction knowledge, to ensure that the measures taken are realistic.
For instance, one area that can be overlooked is the management of the evacuation of disabled people in the case of fire. It is a duty of the ‘Responsible Person’ to ensure that all occupants can leave the building without reliance on the Fire Service. This can be a complex problem to ensure the building and its evacuation procedures are adequate.