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Design Brief:

To design a ramp and platform that would allow wheelchair users access to Greenwich University's new accessible sports changing facilities. 

Project Constraints:

  • The ramp system had to allow access for both wheelchair users and pedestrians, including both ramped access and a stepped approach for pedestrians
  • The approach ramp had to be wide enough to allow wheelchair users to pass each other on the ramp, without causing congestion.
  • The platform needed to be large enough to enable wheelchair users enough room to comfortably pass by each other.
  • The platform needed be wide enough to ensure that access to the 2nd door wasn't inhibited by the 1st door being open at 90 degrees
  • The ramp solution had to incorporate all the normal safety features, such as handrails and guard edges.

The issues to overcome:

  • The key issue was how to design a ramp that could maintain a SWL of 250kg across such a sizeable platform.
  • We wanted to the ramp/platform to compliment the design of the new accessible changing facilities.

Solution:

We decided to design the ramp and platform in a number of sections, two for the ramp and four sections for the platform. By breaking the solution down into a series of smaller component pieces, this allowed us to maintain the required weight capacity over the overall structure and made installation a simple process.

Once we'd decided on the preliminary design of the ramp/platform, we produced a series of CAD drawings that were submitted to the client for approval. After a few amendments the design was approved, colours were decided upon, manufacturing commenced and then we came down on site and carried out the installation.

Images:

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