Masterdor Disabled Access Systems

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995(DDA) is nearing the final phase of implementation. Part III of the Act, which comes into force in October 2004, brings in new measures to prevent discrimination against disabled people. The basic principle of the Act is to make it unlawful to discriminate against disabled people for a reason relating to their disability. If you are an employer, or you supply goods, facilities or services to the public, or sell, let or manage premises, you must comply with the duties set out in the Act. This means making reasonable adjustments to your premises to overcome physical barriers to access.The new publication by British Standards -BS 8300:2001Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people-explains how the built environment can be designed to anticipate and overcome restrictions that prevent disabled people making full use of premises and their surroundings. This new standard will ensure that architects and specifiers are observing the DDA, and are working towards making access easier for disabled people.

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The effective clear width through a single external or internal leaf door, or one leaf of a double door should be as shown below:
Direction Of Approach Of Wheelchair
Effective clear width
Straight-on (without a turn or oblique approach)800750
At right angles from an access route at least 1500mm wide800750
At right angles from an access route at least 1200mm wide825775
At right angles from an access route at least 900mm wide850800

*The minimum effective clear width should only be used in unavoidable circumstances.

The unique way in which Masterdors are manufactured, by fitting an engineered timber door into a PVCu frame, allows the company to produce the widest door-sets currently available on the market (up to 1150mm in width)


Part M of the Building Regulations states that thresholds should keep out the wind and rain, but should be no more than 15mm high with an approach angle of under 15°. The 15mm Masterguard threshold meets the requirements for wheelchair access and incorporates highly effective thermal breaks.