Disabled access: building barrier-free entrances


Barriers to access should not exclude people with disabilities from public life. Accessibility is arguably becoming one of the most important considerations in the construction of new buildings and in optimizing existing buildings, both from a functional and a legal perspective. While most buildings are equipped with elevators, ramps or handicapped bathroom stalls for ease of access, but it is important to think about how the entrances to the buildings, bathrooms, and other rooms in the facility may be a barrier for those with accessibility challenges.

Accessibility in new buildings

When developing a new building, close collaboration between the architect or specifier and the product supplier and/or manufacturer will ensure that all local disabled access requirements are met. Together they can consider potential barriers to entry and consider the best solutions for the project. For example, automatic sliding, swing, or revolving doors are perfect for entrances to office buildings, bathrooms, and stores.

There are many different models of sliding, swing, and revolving doors that can be adapted to fit the requirements of the user. From compact doors to slim line doors and from interior doors to exterior doors – the options for accessible door systems are vast and make it easy to integrate with your project.

Making existing buildings accessible

Accessibility is not restricted to new builds – it is also very achievable in existing buildings. Doors can be modernized, for instance with the installation of a new operator, or even new automation settings such as wave plates, to meet new requirements. And where you do need a new door, the right automatic door manufacturer will have consultants with deep knowledge on hand to help you find the doors that meet your needs, and those of local requirements.  

Open the door to accessible entrances

Installing accessible automated entrances is easier than ever before. They come in a variety of functions and finishes, they are easy to use, and easy to maintain. When you work with a manufacturer such as ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems, you will find an automatic door that not only meets local regulations but also suits the unique requirements of your facility. And if you set up a service agreement for your door, you can also be confident that locally-based service technicians will keep your doors up- to - date with the latest accessibility regulation requirements. 

To learn more about how we have helped our customers make their buildings accessible for everyone, read our case study featuring Champions Place.