Inclusive access in stadiums and other sports venues is becoming more and more important. Customers, volunteers and staff suffering from a disability or limited mobility expect venues to offer them functional, dignified and equal access.
The Equality Act (2010), which replaced the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) requires sports venues to make reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of disabled people. There are also many local building codes and regulations which require provisions for minimum disabled access.
However, as UEFA argues in its “Access for All” guide, the minimum requirements should be treated as just a starting point for developing functional access in a venue. The minimum accessibility standards do not necessarily address the many barriers which disabled people and those with reduced mobility may face.
The easy and cost-effective access solution
When designing a new building or improving the accessibility of an existing facility, ramping is often not feasible due to the length required to achieve the recommended gradient. A platform lift can provide a safe, easy and cost-effective solution to disabled access.
A non-enclosed vertical platform lift, such as the Melody 1 or Melody 3 manufactured by Terry Lifts offer reliable low-rise wheelchair access. The lifts come with a fixed and integral ramp respectively, eliminating the need for a pit and minimising building work.
The Concerto GS Vertical Platform Lift is ideal when an enclosed platform lift is a more suitable solution. Its modular design allows it to be configured with a wide range of enclosures and doors, suiting even to the most awkward of sites. Like the Melody lifts, it can be installed with minimal building work.
Making your venue accessible
Today, the provision of inclusive access for all venue users has become the norm. It is in the best interest of sports clubs to ensure that their facilities meet the expectations for accessibility.
Terry Lifts can help venues to meet these expectations. Whether it’s a new build or an existing venue undergoing modernisation and refurbishment, Terry Lifts’ wide range of public access lifts provides a solution for every requirement.
Contact Terry Lifts today on 0345 365 5366 or visit the website www.terrylifts.co.uk to find lift and services that suit your needs.