Richard Dawson, chartered architect based in Bingley, West Yorkshire, providing architectural services and project management.

New accessible ramp on a listed building in Bradford

R Dawson Architect, Architectural Services in Bradford, Ilkley, West YorkshireThe brief: The client is a wheelchair user with reducing mobility.  She was unable to get out of her home unaided because the steps, handrails and high door threshold presented an access barrier.  The existing steps were an uneven rise, loose laid and different lengths.  The handrails were varying heights, sizes and difficult to grip.  Inside the hall there was a deep mat well frame which presented a trip hazard with turning difficulties. The house is also a Grade II Listed Building.

Solution: R Dawson Architect negotiated a way forward with the Conservation Department in Bradford to achieve planning consent to provide a usable access solution.  This involved new stone steps and a ramp.  Matching materials had to be used to fit in with the age and character of the building.  The ramp had to be capable of being removed later as it is a ‘temporary feature’ which does not affect the building.


Client said : “The ramp has been so successful that it has been a pleasure to get in and out of the house.  We do appreciate all that you did.”