Australian Disabled Access Consultants arranged disability access into the Chapter 1 Wine Bar at Bondi Beach.
Shop 3A at 34 Campbell Parade, Bondi is part of an old 3-storey mixed development building comprising of shops and apartments with a basement parking level.
The ground floor shop 3A is located on the left-hand side of the building with an existing entry doorway on the eastern side of the premises. Waverley Council approved the Wine Bar fit-out with a relocated entry doorway to the western side of the shop incorporating an existing 150mm high threshold step and a DA requirement for wheelchair access.
An internal entry ramp was not possible without causing significant loss of active commercial floor space at the front of the shop by the existing doorway threshold step since the Wine Bar layout had different existing and raised internal floor levels and internal steps.
The threshold step comprised part of the basement level parking roof concrete slab that could not be reconstructed without major structural building work, which was claimed as unjustified hardship. The street public footpath could not be raised either, to provide a stepless entry.
Following disabled access assessments of the existing street entry doorway threshold conditions by Australian Disabled Access Consultants, an alternate design solution was provided to create unassisted wheelchair access facilities as well as access for a person with a disability into the premises.
The access management plan consisted of a portable ramp and warning alarm system to assist disabled persons and wheelchair users to enter the premises.