Above anything else, you want your church to be an inclusive, welcoming space for everyone in your church community. Chances are you’ve taken great care to make your building an accessible community space – from step-free access to disabled toilets – yet when it comes to the kitchen, disability access can easily be overlooked.
We know that – depending on when your church was last renovated – kitchens are often cramped spaces squeezed into unusual corners of the original church building, or tacked onto the end of the Sunday school hall. As such it can be difficult to incorporate DDA changes – such as accessible counter tops and wider spaces between work surfaces – but if you are looking to renovate, it is an important matter to consider.
While Churches are offered a degree of flexibility under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), building a new kitchen that reflects your diverse congregation and can be used by anyone is probably a priority for your committee. To find out what your church’s obligations are under the DDA and how best you can fulfil them, it’s best to speak to your local council or see what help is available in your diocese.
When it comes to the actual renovations, however, having an experienced semi-commercial kitchen team on board can help make adhering to DDA regulations easier. At Steelplan, we’ve advised clients on everything from choosing low height countertops and improving access to appliances, to positioning cabinets in a way that makes the space easy to use for everyone. You can see our DDA Compliance brochure online here.
The Steelplan Kitchens team are always happy to talk through how our kitchens can be built to conform to DDA regulations. We offer a free consultation and design process to help you get to grips with the kitchen renovation process – call us on 0844 809 9186 to have a chat with one of our semi-commercial kitchen experts.