Viva Access Ltd

Building (Technical) Issues in Adaptation Work (Introduction)

A course to assist professionals from non-technical backgrounds (such as OTs, EHOs and HIA case workers) to better understand building and technical issues relating to housing adaptation work.

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This course is for occupational therapists, EHOs, Home Improvement Agencies and other non-construction professionals/agencies working in the field of housing adaptations. It aims to increase delegate understanding of methods of housing construction and to address technical issues frequently raised by those from non-technical backgrounds, such as:

How far can you move toilets when adapting bathrooms? Can you ramp over manholes and air-bricks? Can load-bearing walls be removed to create accessible facilities on the ground floor? Which types of showers are appropriate for which types of floor construction? If a threshold step is removed, will it affect the damp proof course? ….and much more!

On completion of the course, delegates should:

  • be familiar with a wide range of building terminology
  • understand technical and structural issues pertaining to common adaptations such as threshold removal, ramp installation, creation of hard standings, shower installations, widening of doorways and so on
  • have an overview of essential planning criteria and building regulations, such as ‘right to light’, how far you are permitted to extend out from a property, adaptations to listed buildings etc
  • understand issues relating to fire safety / means of escape within residential schemes
  • have explored ways (via case studies, drawings and discussion) in which to resolve or circumvent technical problems in order to optimise schemes


£175, plus VAT (£210)

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Course Times
10.00 – 16.45 (training room open from 09.30 onwards).

National Union of Teachers, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD.

There is no parking on site.

NCP car parks nearby are:
Judd Street:
Brunswick Square:

Nearest tube/train stations to venue:
London Euston (approx 500m)
London Kings’ Cross (approx 400m)
London St Pancras International (approx 600m)

Teas/coffees served on arrival and mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
Lunches are not provided but can be purchased from the many shops and cafes nearby.

Course Materials
Included in the fee and provided on the day of training.

Book 2 spaces - £30 discount
Book 3 spaces - £40 discount 
Book 4 spaces - £70 discount 
Book 5-6 spaces - £130 discount 
Book 7-9 spaces - £180 discount 
Book 10+ spaces - £220 discount

Discounts are applied automatically at check out.



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