Environment Agency publishes Access for all design guide
The principal aim of this publicly available document is to encourage the development of inclusive access in the external environment for a wide range of users.
Between April 2008 and April 2009 more than 32 million people visited a river, lake or canal over which the EA has influence, Ryder says, and this puts it in a key position to promote the provision of access for all.
The guide encourages the consideration of access from the outset of any new development or ongoing management programme. It includes technical information on a range of access features, such as steps and ramps, which are frequently constructed as part of EA developments.
The Access for All design guide helps the EA ‘by setting out a balance between our operational needs, the safe management of flood protection assets, rights of way and accessible environments’, says director of operations David Jordan.
It includes a variety of standard approaches and design advice covering a range of features frequently constructed by the agency, he adds.
The guide is available to download here.