Equality Act

Spaced promotes awareness of the benefits of the Equality Act by using the Act’s aims, and associated access standards, to inform our work. We are not a regulatory or enforcement body but focus on increasing ‘footfall’ by up to 25% (depending on your community profile) and independence for individuals.

There are clear legal and ethical considerations for accessing environments. To be purely ‘duty-based’, however, may not bring about solutions that are achievable, in character and/or have impact. The focus of Spaced is to deliver services to you that are ‘solution-based’ so as to increase access to goods, services and independence.  In this way, the aims of the Equality Act are applied; the legal and ethical considerations being met by being most appropriate to your project.

A good example of a benefit of working this way is that a full ramped entrance may be costly and out of character with an historic environment, risking not be supplied at all.  Whereas an adaptation using less and/or different materials, may be more acceptable.  Spaced can ensure such an adaptation is reasonable against standards, stays in character and still increases footfall or independence.  We pull all of this together on your behalf so that you can focus on what you do best.

If you wish to consider adaptations and understand requirements in more detail, we recommend viewing the Building Regulations or visiting your Local Planning Authority building control department.  If you are faced with “It can’t be done”, please do ring Spaced.  Often our slightly different approach means “It can be done”.

In considering the Equality Act in more detail we recommend –

For Core Professional Development Certificates Spaced Equal Access Workshops

For further Core Professional Development needs, Spaced uses the Centre for Accessible Environments.

centre for accessible environments

Organisations and some individuals may find assistance through the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

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If you need detailed advice and are an individual you may find assistance in the first instance through the Equality Advisory and Support Services.

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