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Stairs, Ramps and Escalators: Inclusive Design Guidance

Ann Alderson

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 128

  • Publisher: RIBA Publishing

  • Date Published: Apr 2010

  • Stock Code: 71557

  • ISBN: 9781859463659

  • Binding: Paperback

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This practical handbook published in conjunction with the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) sets out the design and specification principles of steps, stairs, ramps, escalators and moving walks for inclusive environments. These critically important building elements are connected to a large number of accidents and can present significant barriers to access.

Designed to be ‘dipped into’, the handbook outlines the background legislation, regulations and associated best practice guidance. It explains how good practice can mitigate hazards and improve accessibility. Sections on design issues and technical implementation are supported by illustrations and case studies that demonstrate solutions for different situations. Where particular building types have unique requirements covered by separate guidelines, these are highlighted. A final section considers the operational and maintenance issues that need to be addressed.

Concise and clearly explained, Stairs, Ramps and Escalators brings together a wide range of current research for easy reference. It is an indispensable resource for designers, specifiers, building owners and occupiers, building managers and facilities managers and anyone involved in designing and maintaining an inclusive built environment.

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About the Author

Ann Alderson

Ann Alderson is a chartered architect with over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, principally in research. She currently works freelance for the Centre for Accessible Environments as an inclusive design consultant and author of guidance books and training packages, and the Sustainable Development Foundation, undertaking research and consultancy in the healthcare sector. From 1998 to 2006 Ann worked for CIRIA, initiating, funding and managing research projects through to publication on all aspects of building design and technology. Prior to that she worked for BRE undertaking research in Europe.Ann has recently written two Specifier’s Handbooks, on internal floor finishes and glass, and a book on the inclusive design of stairs, ramps and escalators for CAE. She has authored several reports for SHINE, through the Sustainable Development Foundation. Ann also wrote a series of books for BRE on approval and control procedures in different European countries, including Denmark, Sweden and France.  

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