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West St Leonards Childrens Centre


East Sussex County Council tasked URS architects working with main contractor Bramber Construction to upgrade the existing facility at West St Leonards Childrens Centre to ensure access was compliant with modern DDA compatible ramps and steps.

The site had existing steel fabricated ramps and steps but these were slippery in wet conditions and young children were vulnerable to injuries if they fell on walkway surfaces.

Ghyllside were tasked to work with with all parties to complete this installation. As it was a nursery application, the ramps were installed with Safetread rubber walkways and where the threshold height exceeded 500mm the handrails were specified with infilled handrail section to comply with Doc K regulations. The entire underside of structure was infilled with mesh to prevent access to minors. From an installation point of view we had to infill between wall and ramp to prevent rubbish collecting below ramp and to ensure full DDA compliance the steps nosings and ramp changes were indicated in yellow GRP capping.

All in all, the project was completed in 4 days on site and has had great feedback.  

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