An Assessment of Ramp Designs as Barrier-Free Accesses in Public Buildings in Abuja, Nigeria
Humanities and Social Sciences
Volume 3, Issue 2, March 2015, Pages: 75-82
Received: Feb. 3, 2015; Accepted: Feb. 19, 2015; Published: Mar. 2, 2015
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Authors
Anunobi Anthony Ikechukwu, Department of Architecture, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, Nigeria
Adedayo Olatunde Folaranmi, Department of Architecture, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, Nigeria
Ayuba Philip, Department of Architecture, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, Nigeria
Oyetola Stephen Ayodele, Department of Architecture, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, Nigeria
Otijele Godwin Omachoko, Department of Architecture, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, Nigeria
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Abstract
Increasingly, concerns about the need to improve the level of accessibility of buildings for the aged and the physically challenged in the built environment especially in public buildings have been raised. This study is aimed at assessing the effectiveness of ramp designs in the Federal Capital Territory Area of Abuja, Nigeria. An adaptive survey was deployed to selected public buildings to generate recommendations for change and improvement. The findings indicate that there are several shortcomings associated with ramp characteristics, landing and handrail provisions in the public buildings studied. The study recommends redesigning of existing ramps to achieve desired standards, and the adherence of prospective designs to desired needs of users to ensure ease of accessibility within the built environment. When implemented, it will eventually allow the elderly and physically challenged move easily, safely and enjoy the great variety of opportunities and experiences existing in the City.
Keywords
Accessibility, Barrier-Free, City, Public Buildings, Ramp Design
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Anunobi Anthony Ikechukwu, Adedayo Olatunde Folaranmi, Ayuba Philip, Oyetola Stephen Ayodele, Otijele Godwin Omachoko, An Assessment of Ramp Designs as Barrier-Free Accesses in Public Buildings in Abuja, Nigeria, Humanities and Social Sciences. Vol. 3, No. 2, 2015, pp. 75-82. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.20150302.12
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