Accessibility

Accessibility is not just about providing wheelchair access, it is about being inclusive and making buildings useable for everyone.

While aspects of accessibility may not appear to be relevant for some buildings, the same principles of accessibility (for people with disabilities) are directly relevant for the use of pushchairs, trolleys, deliveries to the building, the handling and moving of products, the safe use of wet or hazardous areas, the list goes on.

Our work with the Barrier Free NZ Trust, the Lifetime Design Foundation and with the Department of Building and Housing Access Advisory Panel, means that our designs naturally create environments that people of all ages and abilities are able to use to the greatest extent possible. We regularly conduct audits and peer reviews, as well as training others on the requirements. Our reports are accepted by the councils as an expert opinion.

To quote the Lifetime Design Foundation:

"The issues of safety, ease, design and usability are not just 'older' people, or 'disability' concerns, but concerns for all of us throughout our lives. It is about all of us experiencing the world around us as being designed to meet our changing needs over time. Places need to be 'fit' for people, rather than the current practice that requires people to 'fit' the place".