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St Alkmunds Church

Kedleston Road, Derby

  • Client: St Alkmunds Church
  • Year Completed: 2019
  • Approx Value: £30k

St. Alkmund’s Church is an Anglican church in the Diocese of Derby. It occupies a prominent site on Kedleston Road, Derby.

The present church building of St Alkmund’s was consecrated on 18th March 1972 and is a replacement church and hall complex for the building that was demolished in 1967.

Morrison Design has an affinity to St Alkmunds as our current office was formerly the vicarage for the original church which was demolished in order to make way for the inner ring road in Derby.

Design Brief

Morrison Design Ltd were engaged by the church to design a new ramped access to provide safe wheelchair access to the church whilst making the approach more open and inviting.

The existing steps and ramp on site were constructed at the same time as the main body of the church and presented several issues that impacted the safety and dignity of St. Alkmunds church visitors and congregation.

The existing ramp comprised of 5 different gradients, the steepest being approximately 1:5 and did not comply with modern standards for disabled access.

St Alkmunds resides within the Strutt’s Park conservation area of Derby, so the design we created had to be sympathetic to the church’s architecture.

Response to design brief

Once the design concepts had been agreed, our first step was to demolish the existing ramp and surrounding walls. Once this had been completed, a new compliant concrete ramp and retaining wall was constructed which incorporated new handrails on both sides of the walkway.

The approach to the main entrance steps and the area in front of the main entrance door were also repaved in order to provide smooth entry for wheelchair users, as well as protect against any trip hazards.

Outcome

The new ramp is flanked by a retaining wall to one side only, facing Kedleston road. This provides a visual screen to the new ramp from the public highway. Whilst the new rampway replicated the design of the existing ramp, the new retaining wall is approximately half the height of the original wall which has made the the ramp and entrance area more open and welcoming when approaching as a pedestrian.

As a result of the all the work completed by Morrison Design to install a new ramp which is DDA compliant the church is now able to attract more visitors, particularly those who may struggle with stepped access such as the disabled, the elderly and wheelchair users.

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