06 July 2018
Equal Access for All!
Blaise Castle House Museum
Blaise Castle House Museum

We have all been aware, ever since the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995, that we have to do our best to make all buildings accessible to everybody. This can be particularly challenging in the context of a Grade II* listed building.

Childs+Sulzmann Architects have done a lot of work over the years to adapt historic buildings to new uses and worked with the National Trust and Historic England on their properties. We are particularly pleased to have been commissioned by Bristol City Council to look at the feasibility of improving access to Blaise Castle House including, we hope, the installation of a glass lift.

Blaise is a fabulous late Georgian house by William Paty, a well-known Bristol architect. It is a very formal neo-classical plan where all the spaces are carefully designed to be symmetrical. Finding a suitable place for a lift to bring guests to the formal first floor rooms will be a challenge. But working closely with the client and the conservation officer, solutions are beginning to emerge.

It is hugely important that these fine historic buildings continue to find new uses and that they are accessible by all of us. We are delighted to be involved.