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Built Environment Access Notes

These notes are intended as an aid to designers to satisfy the basic design needs of those with disabilities. It is not an exhaustive treatment of the subject but is meant to be a simple, easily understood guide which the Trust hopes will be widely used to improve design and thereby enhance dignified access to the built environment for those with disabilities.

Please Note: All Measurements shown are in millimetres. References and dimensions in green are the William Keown Trust preferred.




  • Chronically Sick & Disabled Persons Act 1978
  • Town & Country Planning Act 1971
  • Disabled Persons Act 1989
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • The Building Regulations (NI) Order 1979
  • The Building Regulations (NI) 1994
  • DOE Technical Booklet R June 1994
  • BS5619: 1978 Code of Practice for Housing Design
  • BS5588: Part 8: 1988 Code of Practice for Means of Escape for Disabled People
  • BS6440: 1983 Code of Practice for Lifting Platforms for Use by disabled People
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
  • Chronically Sick & Disabled Persons Act 1978



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