Strawbridge Accessibility was established to provide independent and professional accessibility services to the public and private sectors.
My background is in architectural design but I have worked over 14 years solely within the building design, compliance and education fields, specialising in access and facilities for persons with disabilities for both new build and upgrade/alteration projects.
Between 2012-2017 I was active with the rebuild design works and key anchor projects in Canterbury. This involved working with the Council, design teams, and developers to ensure that code compliance for accessibility was achieved and to advise on opportunities for best practice accessibility where it would be cost neutral to do so.
Buildings should be designed for people, and providing accessibility is not just a ‘nice to have’ its a legislative requirement for many buildings to which the public may have access. Getting accessibility provisions it right first time is more cost effective and will usually have a more aesthetically pleasing result.
My experience covers a diverse range of buildings including:
Heritage & historic buildings
Office blocks & retail spaces
Cafe & restaurants
Schools and education
Railway stations & transport interchanges
Town halls & community centres
Museums & art galleries
Hotels, motels and other accommodation
Pack houses & cool stores
Public pools & recreational buildings/facilities
Hospitals & medical centres
International level event & convention centres
Factories & industrial
And public realm elements including:
Streetscapes & pedestrian routes
My vision is that one day the built environment of New Zealand will be free of its current barriers to participation and therefore can be accessible for everyone regardless of ability.
Strawbridge Accessibility Limited (SAL) is a registered limited liability company that was incorporated on 12 April 2012 and is 100% NZ owned and operated. SAL is insured with Lumley General Insurance for its scope of training and consultancy work.