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NRAC announces conference 17th Sept 2015

NRAC announces conference 17th Sept 2015
12th June 2015 developer


NRAC Conference 2015

Date:        Thursday 17th September 2015

Time:       09:00 – 17:00

Cost:        £125 inc VAT

Venue:    Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre

108 Stamford Street, South Bank,
London SE1 9NH


Directions and map available

 NRAC Conference 2015

Designed to appeal to all those involved in the provision, design and management of the built environment, this is the essential conference for anybody with an interest in accessibility, inclusive design and the building environment. The key topics the conference will cover include:

  • Equality Act 2010 case law and out of court settlements, by Unity Law
  • The new Approved Document ‘M’– Volume 1, by Richard Harral of the Department of Communities and Local Government.
  • A glimpse into the role of accessibility standards in Europe, by Chiara Giovannini of ANEC
  • Final speaker to be confirmed shortly

A full program is enclosed overleaf.

Listening to feedback from 2014 delegates, this year we have a dedicated exhibition space for refreshments and networking. See the enclosed list of exhibitors

 At just £125 inc VAT for the whole day, the conference offers excellent value for busy professionals to update and extend their knowledge on issues related to the design and management of inclusive, accessible buildings and spaces.

Last year’s conference was a sellout (100 people). Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

If you are a professional in this field or thinking of joining the NRAC, 5 hours CPD certification will be provided.

NRAC Autumn Conference 2015 Programme
09.00 Registration – with refreshments and exhibition
9.50 Welcome and Introduction – Simon Turton, Chair of the NRAC
10.00 Cases that never made the courts; settlements and compromises

Lucy Angus and Chris Fry of Unity Law Ltd. will talk through a number of their services related reasonable adjustment cases, some that made the courts and some that didn’t.


Speakers: Chris Fry and Lucy Angus, Unity Law –

11.00 Refreshment break – opportunity to network and visit exhibitors
11.30 TBC
12:30 Lunch (provided) – opportunity to network and visit exhibitors
14.00 A glimpse into the role of standards to foster Accessibility in Europe

Chiara will address important question from a European perspective.

The role of standards and legislation?

What is ISO 21542 and why is it relevant?

What is the situation at the European level and what’s the driving force and headline timeframes?

What would happen if a European Standard on access to the built environment is adopted, particularly the implications for the UK?

Speaker: Chiara GIOVANNINI, Senior Manager, Policy & Innovation at ANEC –

15.00 Refreshment break (provided)
15.30 Approved Document ‘M’ 2015 and the future

 On the 1st of October the new Approved Document’s will come into effect. The new Volume 1: Dwellings set out three categories of housing, broadly equivalent defined in accessibility terms as ‘visitable’ ‘accessible and adaptable’ and ‘wheelchair user dwellings’. This new approach paves the way for a significant step change in relation to housing accessibility, giving Local Authorities around the country the ability to require different levels of accessible housing provision through planning policy. As Local Authorities around the country set out their policy this is likely to be a significant change for those designing and constructing housing.

Richard Harral will summarise the technical requirements, give an overview of the thinking behind the changes and outline planning guidance in relation to use of the new optional Requirements. He will also outline the Departments ongoing research, including the benefits and evidence for accessible housing and current thinking about Volume 2: buildings other than dwellings.

Speaker : Richard Harral, Head of Technical Policy, Building Regulations and Standards Division and the DCLG.

16.30 NRAC update – Simon Turton, Chair of the NRAC
17.00 Conference close

Exhibition and networking space



Talk about the NRAC, whether you’re thinking of joining or are already a member, we would be delighted to talk to you.
Aveso are the official sponsor of the Changing Places Campaign, providing expertise for all room designs, equipment and installation.
Quantum Flooring manufacture & supply a complete range of flooring accessories including contrasting stair nosings to meet BS8300.

Guldmann develops, manufactures, distributes and maintains products and services that make the daily lives of disabled people and their carers a little easier.

Fireco supply simple and trusted solutions for your common fire safety and accessibility problems.

Specialist insurance for access professionals. Recognised by the NRAC. Limits of £250k to £10m. Tel: 0207 648 4343

Contacta designs, manufactures and installs a range of hearing loop and speech transfer systems to enable enhanced sound quality for those with hearing loss.

A national membership network of individuals who are passionate about inclusive design and access.

Poolpod is a multi-award winning swimming pool lift, appropriate for new build facilities, and an easy-to-fit replacement for pool hoists in existing pools.

TBC Exhibitions of relevant products are welcome. Contact for more details.


NOTE: Exhibition space is available on commercial terms and assists us with keeping delegate costs low. It does not imply endorsement of products.

Booking form

NRAC Conference, 17th September, 2015

Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre
108 Stamford Street, South Bank,
London SE1 9NH


If you wish to attend, please complete and return this form to:

NRAC Conference 2015
NRAC Manager

Fourth Floor Holyer House,
20 – 21 Red Lion Court,
London, EC4A 3EB


The fee must be paid in full prior to attendance.

The cost is £125 including VAT for the whole day
. This includes tea and coffee refreshments. Also included is a hot buffet lunch.

Please send your remittance by BACS. If you have difficulties in paying by BACS, please get in touch with the Register Manager.

BACS details:

NatWest –Euston Road Branch

Account Name: Habinteg

Sort code 60-50-03

Account number: 12654930

Ref: “NCONF” followed by your surname (e.g. “NCONFSmith”)

Cancellation procedure

Cancellations must be received in writing 7 days before the conference date. All cancellations are subject to a 15 per cent administration fee. Where cancellations are received less than 7 days before the start of the event, fees will not be refunded.


The NRAC reserves the right to make amendments to the programme if necessary.

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(The above information will appear on a delegate list. Please indicate on this form if you do not wish this information to be disclosed.)

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 Please let us know if you have any access or dietary requirements

Please note that communication support needs to be arranged in advance and the final notification date for this is 14 working days before the event.

Alternative formats of all documentation, including this form, are available upon request.

Please note that communication support needs to be arranged in advance and the final notification date for this is 14 working days before the event.