Accessible sports facilities

This guidance covers accessible sports facilities.

It will help designers, building owners and operators meet design and operational obligations under: The Disability & Equality Act 2010; BS 8300: 2009 Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people – Code of practice; Building Regulations Approved Document M: 2004 Access to and use of buildings and Sport England’s requirements.

Accessible sports facilities design guide 2010

Formerly known as Access for Disabled People this updated guidance was first published in 2010 and conveys current requirements for accessible sports facilities under the above mentioned standards and regulations.

Accessible Sports Facilities – Audit Check List 

Following the publication of the Accessible Sports Facilities design guidance note (formerly known as Access for Disabled People) in 2010, the audit check list sheets that support the guidance note have been updated. The Audit Check List is intended to assist the user, in auditing an existing or new facility, to assess accessibility and help identify and avoid barriers that might otherwise limit the use of the facility by those people with a disability.

Accessible sports facilities CAD drawings 2011

AutoCAD (2004 DWG format) downloadable plan drawing layouts of accessible changing facilities are available in relation to diagrams 16 to 20 and 22 to 25 in the accessible sports facilities design guidance note. In addition, Adobe Reader (pdf) versions of the CAD drawings are also available to download.

Wayfinding and Signage

July 2013

This new guidance covers the principles of good wayfinding and signage for community sports centres. It encourages a strategic approach at the early design stages of projects in order to create user friendly and easily operated sport facilities. Factors such as the positioning of the building on a site, circulation routes, views into activity areas and the organisation of internal building elements are discussed along with the need for clear, simple and intuitive signage.

Two examples are provided based on the Sport England ‘Affordable Sports Halls’ and a typical ‘Wet and Dry Sports Centre’. These can be used as templates for the development of appropriate solutions for individual projects.