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For WC cubicle door specification see 6.9 Toilets. For lift door specification see 6.7 Lifts.
Principal entrances to buildings should be accessible externally and internally
for disabled and non-disabled people, whether they are visitors to the building
or work in it, and whether they enter or leave using a wheelchair or on foot.
At large developments, such as shopping centres or transport terminals, doors
should be avoided. If doors are installed at such heavily used locations, they
should operate automatically.
Floor surfaces at entrances should be slip-resistant in all weather conditions.
Entrances specifically provided for members of staff should be accessible.
At entrances where there are "ring for attention" call buttons or
security entry systems, these should be clearly signed, easy to operate and
reachable from a wheelchair. To assist deaf people, call buttons should incorporate
visual signals that indicate the button has functioned correctly. Areas where
waiting may be necessary should be under cover.
If car parking is in a location which is inaccessible to the principal entrances,
or if the principal entrances cannot be made externally accessible, alternatives
for general use should be provided.
Doors should be sited to allow unobstructed entry and egress. Permanent or
temporary obstacles, such as bollards and information boards, should not be
placed in the line of travel. There should be a level area for manoeuvring on
each side of the door. Immediate changes in level should be avoided, e.g. doors
should not be sited over the riser of the top of a flight of steps.
Doors should be readily identifiable. The location of doorways should be emphasised by tonal contrast with the surrounding surfaces. Glass doors in glazed surroundings should be made easily identifiable, to avoid people walking into them.
Passages through doors should be level. Door thresholds should be flush. Weather
protection for external doors can be provided by weather bars or other measures.
Where a raised weather threshold is unavoidable, it should not exceed 12mm in
height and must have a smooth profile and not angular section.
Spring closers should be avoided. It should be possible to open doors using
a force of less than 10 Newton.
A single leaf or door should be wide enough for a wheelchair or double baby-buggy to pass through. Kick-plates can protect doors from scuffing by feet and damage from pushchairs and wheelchair foot-plates. In otherwise solid doors, glazed vision panels should be provided to ensure people approaching can be seen by those on the other side.
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