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University of the Arts London

Proudlock Associates has worked with the University of Arts, London, since 2013. We have now carried out access audits on 16 of their sites since they first approached us for advice on safe exit routes for disabled students.

  • Clients: Ethan Hunt

The buildings presented a mix of challenges to our team. Several were listed and many were large with a complicated backstory; some buildings on the estate were built in different decades, over hundreds of years, while some had been renovated, in part or throughout, several times.

Our work included access auditing a grade II listed campus in Pimlico and Camberwell’s College of Arts, a campus that offers students access to both traditional and digital printmaking facilities.

Our audits considered the general ease of use of premises, what provisions were in place for people with various disabilities, obstacles or hazards, means of escape provided, the wayfinding systems in place, circulation and movement, as well as the quality of fixtures, surfaces, and lighting.

Where costs threatened to be prohibitive, our audits recommended temporary or managed alternative solutions. We identified the simple things that UAL could correct at a low cost, such as repositioning a misleading sign or fixing a broken light fitting.

We made sure that UAL had an inclusive campus that was compliant with the Equality Act 2010 and that there was an independent means of escape for everyone, as far as possible.