Disability access improvements to G-MEX & MICC

Following a Disability Discrimination Act audit (DDA), G-MEX Ltd has undertaken improvements to provide full inclusion for all visitors to the G-MEX and Manchester International Convention Centre. The audit, which was primarily carried out with two forthcoming events in mind – MS Life, a national event from the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Labour Party Conference in September – has resulted in G-MEX investing £500,000 in modifications to access routes to G-MEX and MICC, and the links between venues. There has also been a complete refurbishment of the toilet areas. The project also includes manifestations on all exterior glazing, a dog relief area for guide dogs plus the implementation of a deaf alert system. The aim of these improvements is to provide disabled visitors with the same level of access and service as able-bodied visitors. G-MEX general manager Dave Mallard said: “The MS Society event was the catalyst to identify and bring this development forward. It is expected that their event will have more wheelchair users than other events held at the venue and therefore it was essential these modifications were in place in time. “The brief of Manchester City Council is to make Manchester a fully inclusive and accessible city. We are wholly committed to this, as we are to our clients, and we have been working closely with the City Council Access officer to ensure we are fully compliant.” MS Society spokesman Chris Bray said: “We are incredibly impressed with the whole mindset of the management and staff at G-MEX. The majority of venues find an event such as ours difficult to manage, but G-MEX has been extremely supportive and helpful throughout.” G-MEX will also be providing training to ensure all staff are fully aware of the disability acts, and the MS Life event will be audited for feedback.

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