Family-friendly features a must for new buildings

Family-friendly features a must for new buildings

SINGAPORE - Family-friendly features, from nursing rooms to upsized parking spaces, will become a must from next April for all new buildings frequented by families.

These buildings include large shopping malls, community clubs and sports complexes.

This is part of a slew of regulations, which also include enhanced provisions for the elderly and the disabled, announced by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) on Friday.

The roll-out is part of a new Code on Accessibility for the Built Environment, which was last updated in 2007 and will be in force from April 1 next year. This code sets down rules to ensure buildings and public spaces meet a minimum standard of accessibility.

For the elderly, buildings are required to make sure that one in five toilets, up from just one in each building, is "ambulant- disabled".

Such toilets include features like grab bars that the elderly can use for support.

Rest areas with seats must also be provided for every 50m stretch in public areas such as transport stations and passenger terminals.

To provide easier access for wheelchair users, corridors in new projects now have to be at least 1.5m wide, up from the current 1.2m standard.

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