Social Housing – changes to Part M Building regulations for entrances
The latest update (2015) to Part M of the building regulations and its provision under the Equality act (Formerly known as the Disability Discrimination Act or DDA), apply to any Housing Association properties or any private developments containing an element of Social Housing. The update carries guidance specifying that communal entrances and entrances to any individual Wheelchair or mobility users residence need to provide a covered area above the entrance door level landing.
What the regulations stipulate and the problem facing developers
Specifically, the regulations require a minimum cover with a width and depth of 1200mm. Due to the lack of door canopies of a suitable width and projection on the market, it presents most developers a time consuming and costly issue of having to source a bespoke door canopy
New range of Part M compliant Door Canopies
To reduce the hassle and cost involved House of Canopies have developed a range of 7 modern, stylish door canopies designed to meet the size requirements of Part M. In addition to this every canopy has been engineered to ensure compliance with stress/deflections and snow loads in accordance with EN12150 and BS 5516-2.
As standard every door canopy is offered in a range of durable finishes, from tough powder coated mild steel to Marine grade (316) Stainless Steel. Powder coated canopies are available in any RAL colour code in order to blend with the colour scheme of your building.
Each canopy is designed to enhance the appearance of the building. As well as being designed in the UK, they’re also made in the UK allowing for dependable lead times. When it comes to installation, each order is supplied with easy to follow fitting instructions and an appropriate fixing template in order to make the job as easy and quick as possible.