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ACCESS STATEMENT TO ACCOMPANY BUILDING REGULATIONS APPLICATION FOR MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT AT MARINE WALK, ROKER

The site is located on Marine Walk, on the sea front at Roker. To access the site, turn off Harbour View A183 (which turns into Roker Terrace) and journey to the sea front. There are various sea front related buildings on Marine Walk, from small shops to amusements. The site is approximately 1.5 miles from the nearest Metro station, St Peters, and approximately 2.1 miles from the main station of Sunderland . The site is approximately 2.1 miles from the centre of Sunderland and approximately 15 miles from the centre of Newcastle.

The site outlined in red above.

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The site looking north.

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The site looking north.

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The development

It is proposed to create five flexible ground floor commercial premises, all with a ground floor area of 67sqm. These will be rented out and could be anything from ice cream shops to surfboards rentals. These units will have a glazed frontage onto Marine Walk and the beach. There will be a door to the rear for access to the refuse area, and to act as a fire exit. It is proposed to create five first floor residential units, again with a floor area of 67sqm. The residential apartments have two bedrooms, bathroom and a living/kitchen/dining that over-looks the North Sea through floor to ceiling glazing, with a central Juliette balcony. The dwellings are accessed from the rear walkway and all have a terrace area. A detached unit to the south of the site will have parking underneath and office accommodation above. The site is very limited & difficult to develop, due to the existing levels & topography of the adjoining land. The existing retaining wall has to remain in-situ, which is to the rear of the site & limits access to the rear of the development. The adjoining access ramp/ footpath which runs adjacent to the development & links Marine Walk & Roker Terrace maybe redesigned/ redeveloped by the Local Authority as part of the future regeneration of the seafront . This new footpath could be linked to the first floor access area by the developer.
Ground floor areas

All the ground floor units will have level access and doors of appropriate design that enable access for all. Internal fit out design will be subject to future applications to suit each clients I end users requirement's, but will meet with appropriate design standards for accessibility and provision of facilit ies. A decked area will be provided to the north of the site. This will be accessed through a ramp to enable access for all.
First floor areas

The main first floor area over the retail units is specially designed for domestic apartments with the area above the residential parking as a generic architectural practice office. There are no regulatory requirements for a lift to be provided to the apartments which are accessed at first floor level from an ambulant disabled staircase that has been designed in accordance with Regulation M1. Due to the limited size and occupancy, this staircase is also considered appropriate to access the small office. Accessibi lity of the first floor architectural office is regarded as appropriate due to the small size of the office and the nature of the business provided by the practice. The actual office I studio space has only 55 sqm of floor area with ancillary facilities. This space will be occupied by a maximum of 4 people with the practice having no plans to expand due to the financial climate and also the nature of the practice (we are happy with the current management system and staff numbers). We do not offer any direct sales or goods sold and operate on an appointment only basis. No visitors can just visit the office without prior arrangements . Door access and internal facilities within the office area will be provided to accommodate ambulant disabled. We will prepare an office policy that meets the requirements of the Equality Act so that any disabled users will receive personal home visits rather than having to visit the office. This is standard practice with some of our existing clients now. The policy would also include provision for any prospective future employees who may be
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disabled to enable home working as the practice is geared to this with a dedicated IT system that is networked and working remotely from home is already common. Should the need arise, with the use or occupancy changing, provision for a future lift has been incorporated into the design with the inclusion of a removable section of the floor in a suitable location. Taking all of the above into account and due to the following factors:Access is to one floor and the area is limited Occupancy I floor space factors are low The building is only 2 storeys Floor space does not contain any unique feature Members of the public require appointments to access There will be effective full time management in place Space constraints of site limit development opportunities Management arrangements will be in place to cater for disabled employees and potential visitors We believe that we have provided a design that meets the requirements to provide reasonable provision for people to access and use this development and its facilities in accordance with the guidance that is currently available.

FITZ ARCHITECTS LIMITED THE PLACE ATHENAEUM STREET SUNDERLAND SR 110X T +44 (0)1915637025 F +44 (0)191 5101746 Wl/VW FITZARCHITECTS CO.UK OFFICE@FITZARCHITECTS . CO UK REGISTRATION NUMBER 6130829 ENGLAND REGISTERED ADDRESS STEPHENSON HOUSE. DH5 9HW

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