Required by Building Regulations
Obligations regarding building access and usage are covered under BS8300 / Building Regulations Approved Document. Failure to comply with the Equality Act could result in building owners and facility managers being fined up to £50,000.
The regulations mean that people, regardless of disability, age or gender, must be able to gain equal access to public buildings. For visually impaired people this means amongst other things that there must be a good visual contrast between various elements of the building, including doorways, fixtures and fittings. Therefore, the contrast between for example doors and walls must achieve a certain level – measured by something called Light Reflectance Value (LRV).