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Access – related experience

I have carried out extensive Access Audits including the following properties -

Charterhouse, Thame
- Mental Health Day Centre

Fulbrook Centre, Oxford
- Geriatric and Mental Health Hospital

Park Hospital, Oxford
- Children’s Hospital, Day Centre and School (SENDA)

St Thomas’ House Oxford
- Offices

Marlborough House
- Medium Secure Mental Health

HMP Bullingdon
- Healthcare Unit and E Wing Accommodation

John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
- Trauma Centre and Maternity Unit

St Johns Parish Church, Halesowen
- Parkfield Business Centre Offices, Stafford

Birmingham City Council
- Supported Housing Properties
- Women’s Refuge
- Men’s Hostel

I have worked with user groups and clients to reprioritise existing out of date Access Audits held on file and prepare recommendations for capital spending programme. Including :

Townlands Hospital
- Community Hospital and Young Disabled Unit

Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals
- John Radcliffe Hospital (General)
- Horton Hospital (General)
- Churchill Hospital (General)

Oxfordshire Buckinghamshire
Mental Health Partnership

- Future Capital Programme Planning

I have worked as DDA advisor on projects including :

Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals
- PFI, ProCure 21 and Relocation projects

Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals
- Transport and Car Park changes

Oxford Cardiac Centre
- New build

Oxford Cancer Centre
- New build

Trinity College, Oxford
- Listed Building - External lift access

Halesowen Parish Church
- Grade 1 Listed & Scheduled Monument

I have prepared Access Statements for Planning including :

- New Ward Accommodation

- Education Centre

Counter Productions
- Offices and Workshop remodelling

St Johns College, Oxford
- Student Accommodation

Montpelier Estates
- Care Village

Warneford Hospital
- Listed Building Consent

HBG ProCure 21
- John Radcliffe Hospital Cardiac Centre & Acute Vascular Imagery Centre

I have worked with Design Teams, prepared Drawing Audits and offered advice on many projects including :

John Radcliffe Hospital
- Education Centre,
- Ward Accommodation

Ukerna Headquarters
- New offices

HBG & Procure 21
- Cardiac Unit, Acute Vascular Imaging Centre
- Geratology Unit and Sensory Garden

St Anne’s Hostel, Birmingham
- Supported Housing Accommodation

Worcester College, Oxford
- Student Accommodation (listed building)

William Kimber Crescent
- Residential care home for severely disabled adults.

I have worked with the project architect to prepare an audit and statement for submission to English Heritage for funding on :

St Mary’s Church, Kidlington

St Johns Church, Halesowen

I have given presentations and prepared reports on :

The Disability Discrimination Act
The DDA, BS 8300 and Approved Document M
Visual Contrast
The Role of Operation Manuals
Lifetime Homes
The Role of the Access Consultant


“GBS architects have been very pleased to work with Access Resolution for a number of years, particularly on complex healthcare projects where the advice received has always been accurate, pertinent and helpful. The proactive service provided by Access Resolution has enabled us to ensure that our designs take full account of accessibility from inception and that the Client is presented with a compliant and functional solution. We are happy to recommend this collaborative working relationship to other design practices and clients.”

-Jacqui Heslop DipArch RIBA, Partner, GBS Architects, Oxford

“Ruth has worked with GBS Architects from the inception of our Access Consultancy and has been central to the development of our systems and our client relationships in each sector. Her work is exemplary and has made a very significant difference to the output of our architects and surveyors and to the practices reputation with our clients.”

-Nigel Spawton Dip Arch (Oxon) RIBA, Partner GBS Architects, Oxford

“Access Resolution have been advising and working closely with the Oxford Radcliffe Trust, for a number of years, across a wide range of new construction and refurbishment projects, together with assisting in Access Audits, risk assessments associated with backlog works, drawing and design appraisals and preparation of Access Statements.
The Trust has always found Access Resolution to be approachable and committed to our objectives and we value her input and professional advice.”

-David Richens Capital Projects Manager, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust

“ In search of someone to complete a disability access survey of our premises I contacted Ruth totally at random from a list of local consultants. She made a preliminary visit at which we discussed all aspects of the work required and soon afterwards I was able to confirm her appointment. The premises we occupy are grade 2 listed and can be difficult for our residential clients. Ruth was able to highlight concerns and make recommendations which now ensure our compliance with current legislation. I have no hesitation in recommending her services.”

-Doug Montgomery, Manager, St Anne’s Hostel, Birmingham

“The Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust commissioned Access Resolution in conjunction with GBS Architects to audit the property from the point of view of the Trust as a service provider under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Section 3: Access to Goods and Services). The resultant information comprehensively listed all the deficiencies (in a priority rating) with recommendations for compliance. The Trust can identify works that are required on an urgent basis in order to be compliant with the DDA Discrimination Act 1995. The report has been clearly and logically laid out and is comprehensive to read. It was also completed in a very timely manner and conducted in a sensitive way as there were many difficult clinical areas to assess. This was achieved through good communication and close working with the key individuals in the Trust both within Estates and Facilities and also with the Key Clinical Leads.
This information is invaluable for the Trust in order to ensure that the Trust complies with the duties under the Disability Decimation Act 1995 (Section 3 – Access to Goods and Services).”

-Ruth James, Estates Development Manager,
Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust

“The Trust has commissioned Access Resolution on many occasions to audit our existing estate and review proposed schemes against the Disability Discrimination Act.
Access Resolutions wide understanding of the Act and pracrticle knowledge of implementation has resulted in scheme proposals being amended for the betterment of disabled people.”

-Craig Merrifield, Estates Development Manager,
Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust

“I would like to write a few words of thanks and appreciation of the work ‘Access Resolutions’ have done for the Birmingham Crisis Centre.

As a charity and the single biggest ‘Domestic Violence’ refuge in Birmingham, we have to make sure we can deliver the best possible service to victims who come to our refuge/centre.Recently, your services have helped us to plan and provide excellent facilities for our victims and in particular access for disabled victims."

The board of trustees and directors found the survey and plans provided to be of a very professional nature. Easy to understand and very practical solutions.”

-Alan Fleming, Chief Executive, Birmingham Crisis Centre

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