New code to improve access for families, elderly and the disabled

A sign indicating a wheelchair-friendly route to the outdoor facilities in Senja-Cashew CC. The Building and Construction Authority unveiled on Friday, Aug 30, 2013, a new Code on Accessibility for the Built Environment that includes new provisi
A sign indicating a wheelchair-friendly route to the outdoor facilities in Senja-Cashew CC. The Building and Construction Authority unveiled on Friday, Aug 30, 2013, a new Code on Accessibility for the Built Environment that includes new provisions for families and an expanded scope for the elderly and the disabled. -- ST FILE PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) unveiled on Friday a new Code on Accessibility for the Built Environment that includes new provisions for families and an expanded scope for the elderly and the disabled.

For families, new provisions are in place to ensure that public buildings and spaces frequented by these users will have nursing rooms and toilets that young children can use. Family car park spaces must also be provided at these areas.

For the elderly and those with mobility impairments, the new Code will ensure more toilet compartments with grab bars to give them additional support.Wider corridors, non-slip strips at staircases and hearing enhancement systems will also be in place for persons with disabilities.

Braille information will also be required at staircases and toilets for publicly accessed buildings.

New projects and existing buildings undergoing any additions or alterations will have to adhere to this new code from 1 April 2014.

Building professionals, developers and owners will get a seven-month grace period to consider these new requirements when planning their projects.