The aim of the School Improvement Service is to provide schools with a high quality service to support their continued improvement
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.
Building Control Consultancy
As the client, schools have a legal responsibility to ensure that all building and alteration works comply with the Building Regulations. WBC Building Control can help schools quickly establish whether their proposals will require Building Control approval, along with providing support and guidance throughout this process. With early involvement at pre- planning and pre-application stage our expertise and experience will reduce both the cost and compliance risk from the design process.
If approval is necessary, it is a statutory requirement to submit a Building Regulation application prior to work commencing. Failure to comply with the Building Regulations, may result in enforcement action being taken, and the need for work to be removed and replaced at additional cost if this not the case. It may also result in legal action being taken by the authority against the owner for failure to comply with the Building Regulations
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