Access Appraisals Ltd.
We quite often receive enquiries for wheelchair ramps from people who have steps that are far too high to for ramps to be suitable.
Building regulations state that a ramp for public use has a gradient of approx 1:15 which can be slightly steeper for steps below 330mm and slightly shallower for steps above 330mm
The steepest a wheelchair ramp should be is 1:12 when the step is 155mm or lower.
They also recommend that portable ramps should be no steeper than 1:12 although most ramp manufacturers say ramps can be used at a 1:6 gradient so it up to the end user to do their own risk assessment if deciding to go this steep.
So what can you do when a wheelchair ramp is not suitable?
The Equality Act states you have to make reasonable adjustments, which may mean you will require a small wheelchair lift.