2016/007: Regarding the code compliance of access for people with disabilities to three swimming pools in a proposed aquatic centre
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This determination arises from the parties' desire to gain clarity around the nature of the access required to three pools in a proposed aquatic centre ('the aquatic centre'). A building consent has been applied for, and the authority has suspended its decision about what is required in order for the proposed pools to achieve code compliance until it has received the outcome of this determination.
The original plans submitted for this determination showed that access to the three pools was to be by way of pool-side hoists. The applicant amended these plans in response to earlier drafts of this determination and discussions at the hearing. The applicant is now proposing to provide different means of access to each of the three pools, and is seeking guidance on whether the access would comply with Clause D1 of the Building Code.
The matter for determination is whether the proposed means of access to the three swimming pools as described in this determination comply with Clause D1 to the extent required by Section 118 of the Act.