Project: National Register of Access Consultants

Reference: UG359

Last update: 21/10/2003 12:18:12

Objectives

The main objective of this research with Building Regs division and with dfEE on producing a register of consultants able to advise on disabled access to buildings.

Description

This was a joint project with DfEE to establish a register of approved consultants, to ensure that those who give advice on accessibility matters are of an appropriate standard.

Results: The project was extended by 6 months because the register membership had developed rather more slowly than had been anticipated. It was completed in February 2001. A register has now been established and membership is growing. Those using the register to identify potential consultants are reporting success, and many are now only including registered members in tender lists. A final report was produced and submitted to DfEE and DETR in February 2001.

Policy implications: The establishment of this register is helping to ensure that the advice provided to industry - built environment and transport - is to a higher standard. To that extent therefore it will contribute to the policy aims of both DfEE and DETR to achieve a more accessible environment for disabled people. It is also possible that the lessons learned from this work might in future contribute to the development of other similar registers.

Contractor(s)

Centre Accessible Environments
60 Gainsford Street, London, SE1 2NY
0207 357 8182

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £15,300.00

Actual start date: 01 June 2000

Actual completion date: 31 January 2001

Summary of results

  1. The project was extended by 6 months because the register membership had developed rather more slowly than had been anticipated and it was completed in February 2001. A register has now been established and membership is growing. Those using the register to identify potential consultants are reporting success, and many are now only including registered members in tender lists.

Departmental Assessment Status: Project Completed prior to the implementation of the Departmental publications scheme.