Technical Study: Part M Bathroom Layouts
Building Regulation Part M: Access to and use of Buildings – Dwellings, deals with many aspects of access and use of buildings, including the design of ramps, doorways, entrances and corridors. A key part of this document is the layout of bathrooms so each sanitaryware item has the right access for use as well as bathrooms having the space to be adapted in the future to make them more accessible.
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This month we have created a package of helpful CAD blocks of sanitaryware and symbols to help when planning out bathroom layouts so that they comply with Part M.
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Building Regulations Part M: Access to and use of buildings, Volume 1: Dwellings
2015 edition incorporating 2016 amendments – for use in England
Within this document there are three sections M4(1), M4(2) and M4(3). Part M4 has evolved from Lifetime Homes guidance which was designed to help design spaces for future adaptation as users get older and to allow all users to benefit from easy access. Most of the information below does not apply to works such as extensions or buildings of architectural interest such as Listed Buildings. However, where possible it is always advised to use these key dimensions to make spaces as inclusive and adaptable for the future. Some councils and building control officers may require some of these features to be met if possible even if not required.
Approved Document Part M provides a range of different requirements depending on the M4 category, which can be a little overwhelming at times.
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While Approved Document Part M provides minimum requirements for accessibility, it is worth exploring the topic further by consulting the websites and documents mentioned in our resources section below.
Building Regulations Approved Document Part M – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/access-to-and-use-of-buildings-approved-document-m
Homes for Life Guide to Accessible Homes – https://ageing-better.org.uk/resources/homes-life-guide-accessible-homes
NDA Building For Everyone – https://universaldesign.ie/built-environment/building-for-everyone/
Written by Aida Rodriguez-Vega, architect and researcher. At the Detail Library, Aida keeps busy by carrying out technical research and drawing new details for the ever-growing library.