23 June 2014

Architecture for All

The UIA 2014 Durban organising team has recently taken occupation of the city-owned Pump House building on the Beachfront Promenade. This is the first time since 2010 that the premises have been used on a semi-permanent basis since the building’s adaption in 2010. The renovation, of the premises has been ongoing since our occupation on 2 June and the City Maintenance Department is undertaking the design and construction of a ramp to the entrance level, to ensure access to the offices for all interested parties as a matter of priority. The ramp will be in place by the time of the event on August.

UIA2014 is committed to ensuring universal accessibility in all venues selected for the upcoming event. To that end our Professional Conference Organisers have engaged all key hoteliers to provide universal access to their accommodation facilities. To date we have established that 42 of the official Congress hotels are accessible and have wheelchair friendly bedrooms. In addition, all official hotels have completed a hotel accessibility questionnaire. The questionnaires have been uploaded to the congress website attached to the hotel fact sheets.

As far as the Congress venue is concerned, all Halls at the International Convention Centre Durban (ICC) will have ramps onto the stages for wheelchair use.

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