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Roundhouse is first events venue in Derby to be CredAbility accredited

Derby’s iconic Roundhouse is the first events venue in the city to receive CredAbility Verified Accessible Mark – a new quality mark for organisations whose buildings are accessible to disabled people.

Derby-based Nimbus Disability Consultancy awarded the status to Derby College for The Roundhouse, which opened in September 2009 following a £48m regeneration.

As well as being the College’s flagship vocational campus, with state of the art facilities for more than 2,000 students, the venue hosts a wide range of conferences and events.

These events have included ‘Do What You Want – Live’ - Disability Direct’s first annual event for disabled people which last year attracted over 2,000 visitors and a 100 stalls, offering services for disabled and older people in Derby, as well as a guest appearance by actor Jimmi Harkinshin, best known as Coronation Street’s Dev Alahan.

Nimbus developed CredAbility in conjunction with disabled people after a decade of working with businesses across all sectors to support them to meet requirements of Disability Legislation.

Its purpose is to both acknowledge and reward good practice within businesses across the country.

As part of the Equality Act (previously the Disability Discrimination Act or DDA), since October 2004, it has been a legal requirement to make anticipatory alterations to the physical features of buildings, meaning that they should be made accessible for disabled people before disabled people need to access them. These alterations may include, but are not limited to, ramps, door widening, lifts to all floors, lowered counters, clear signage and hearing loops.

The new accreditation will provide an opportunity for organisations, like the Roundhouse, who have invested in making their buildings accessible in line with the legal requirement, to demonstrate this following a simple verification process by Nimbus’s auditors.

Once accredited, they will be able to display the accreditation logo in their building, print materials and on their website.

Martin Austin, Managing Director of Nimbus, said “I am especially pleased to have been able to provide the accessibility accreditation to the Roundhouse as the renovation is a great example of how integrating accessibility into the planning process makes for a more usable building and facility for all.”

Helen Peden, The Roundhouse Conference and Events Manager said: “The Roundhouse hosts a wide range of events both for the general public and for companies and organisations holding private events.

“The restoration of the iconic Roundhouse itself and the development of the campus both through refurbishment and new build has obviously been completed with full accessibility of staff, students and visitors in mind but we pride ourselves on going the extra mile to ensure that people with all disabilities are able to enjoy the facilities and events that we host here.”