Providing disabled access and egress from historic buildings and heritage sites can often pose challenges. As of the 1st January 2012, amendments to Part M of the Building Regulations require that adequate provision shall be made for people to access and use a building, its facilities and its environs. In addition to works associated with the development of a historic building in private ownership, public bodies also have a statutory obligation under Section 29 of the Disability Act 2005 to ensure that, as far as is practicable, the whole or a part of a heritage site in its ownership, management or control and to which the public has access, is made universally accessible. The National Disability Authority (NDA) produced a useful Code of Practice on Accessible Heritage Sites, providing practical advice on how to make heritage sites accessible. The code covers areas such as planning for accessibility, approach & entry, way finding, the external landscape, circulation within buildings, and the provision of interpretive information.
In addition, there is a wide range of useful information from other countries:
- Access – improving the accessibility of historic buildings and places
- Access to Historic landscapes
- Accessibility – Historic Scotland approach