Clearly identifying issues that are required to meet statutory requirements, and advocating best practice in other areas.
SPECIALIST CONSULTANTS TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
PAST PROJECTS AND CLIENTS
Our home page refers to a few of the projects with which Access and Building Consultancy has been involved whilst working with international clients. Our experience covers the complete application of the former DDA in the mid 1990's through to the Equality Act 2010. To the left are names of clients we have had the pleasure to work with over two decades. Please use our contacts page to request further information.
To enthusiastically support the construction industry in understanding the benefits of inclusive design
Support, practical and innovative guidance and delivery of project work on time and within budget.
Having originally trained as an architect I developed my skills in the construction industry as a Building Control Surveyor, moving on to General Building Surveying, becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor in 1994.
My involvement with accessibility commenced with the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) in the mid 1990's. I have continued to develop my skills and experience, both in the UK and internationally, spending 5 years working in Australia. This has exposed me to a range of approaches and solutions to inclusive design challenges, something I thoroughly enjoy.
I hope to bring my enthusiasm for a subject that I strongly believe in, aiming to assist and support all those in the design team with the objective of achieving a successful project within budget and time constraints, maintaining creativity and innovation but also a completed built environment that can be enjoyed by all the community.
Prior to heading "Down Under" in 2009, Martin worked on the accessibility requirements for the new £430m Southmead Hospital project in Bristol.
In Australia, the John Holland Group who are developing the new £600m Children's Hospital (open in 2018), received assistance from Martin with specific technical guidance to meet the accessibility requirements of both the Australian Building Code and Australian Standards whilst considering the unique function and use of the hospital for children.
This necessitated close liaison with the integrated design team as well as discussions with the client (Western Australia Children and Adolescent Health Service). The nature of the "service" provided under the DDA meant there needed to be compromise on a range of issues that conflicted between the users and those supporting the service.
This was identified at an early stage to allow the client and design team to take consideration of broad holistic issues as well as identifying key issues such as access and circulation, topography, links to other facilities and transport services on the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital site.
A combination of practical and management policies and procedures have been agreed, which should mean the hospital is successfully completed, optimising accessibility for all. The project is now complete. More information on this key project can be found at: www.newchildrenshospitalproject.health.wa.gov.au.