Wheelchair Ramps Regulations – UK Building regulations regarding ramps
Update: New Building Regulations from October 2015 – Access to and use of buildings: Approved Document M
Read more about Regulations regarding ramps here – Wheelchair Ramp Guidance and Regulations
Information on disabled wheelchair access ramps provided Part M of UK building regulations
Disclaimer: The information and advice given on this website is to the best of our knowledge, but we accept no responsibility if acted upon, and advise you contact your architect, building control, planning department, highways department and local fire authority if in any doubt.
Although not always necessarily so with existing premises, it is advised that you try to adhere to these recommendations whenever possible.
Building Regulations Part M: Access and facilities for disabled people
Note: UK Building regulations are slightly different with regard Dwellings and other building, these recommendations are for “Buildings Other Than Dwellings”.
A wheelchair ramp will comply with Part M of Building Regulations if it;
- Has a non-slip surface.
- Is 1.5m wide with a minimum unobstructed width of 1.5m.
- Has a maximum individual flight of 10m
- Has a maximum gradient of 1:20 at 10m (500mm high)
- Has a maximum gradient of 1:15 at 5m (333mm high)
- Has a maximum gradient of 1:12 at 2m (166mm high)
- For goings between 2m and 10m it is acceptable to use a sliding scale
i.e. 1:13 for 3m, 1:14 for 4m, 1:16 for 6m, etc.
- Has top and bottom landings no less than 1.2m and intermediate
- Landings of 1.8m every 10m.
- Has 100mm high raised kerbs to any open side of ramp or landings
- Has a continuous suitable handrail on each side.
- Has a maximum cross fall of 1:40
- Has a maximum slope on landings of 1:60
- Has a contrasting, landings, upstands and handrails to ramp surface.
Portable Wheelchair Ramps
As a general rule most ramp manufacturers recommend a gradient no steeper than 1:12 for independent use and 1:10 for assisted use.
A simple calculation for finding out ramp lengths is to multiple the height by the ratio.
i.e. if working on a 1:12 ratio multiply the height of step by 12 to give you the minimum length of ramp.
6″ step x 12 = 72″ (6ft ramp)
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