Access for All Design Guidelines

As a member of the European Union, Malta’s National Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has created a comprehensive set of guidelines for designing public spaces. A set of “Access for All Design Guidelines” are a requirement for all EU member countries. This is a technical guide, primarily designed to be followed by architects and engineers, and would be useful to any organization considering a renovation.

The commission consulted with architects and stakeholders of all kinds, including private citizens. The 72 pages of guidelines cover everything from the acceptable width of corridors and doors to the placement of signage and the optimum choices for flooring.

Here are some samples of accessible design guidelines:

· Counters or reception desks should be located so they are easily identifiable from the main entrance.

· Signs associated with counters and reception desk should be large enough to be read at a distance and placed at a height that is convenient for wheelchair users to read.

· A parking space designated as one for persons with disability shall have a minimum width of 3.6 m and a minimum length of 4.8 m for perpendicular parking and a minimum length of 6.6 m for parallel parking. Parking spaces shall have an access aisle at least 1500 mm wide along the entire length of the parking space.

· The principal main accessible entrance door shall a have a minimum clear opening width of not less than 900 mm. Where double leaf doors are fitted, one leaf shall be at least 900 mm wide.

· Principal main entrances should be fitted with automatic doors.

· The entrance door should contrast in luminance with its immediate surroundings and should be well-lit and clearly signed.

Download the guide here in PDF form: