The managing director of About Access has been invited by the Government to travel to Gibraltar to advise on improving disabled access around numerous tourist and sporting facilities.
Ian Streets, boss of the East Yorkshire access consultancy company, will guide the public and private sectors in Gibraltar on things like hotel improvements. His latest trip also involved advising on the conversion of the Rock’s tunnels into wine cellars.
Streets is also advising on access at sporting facilities. Gibraltar is currently involved in the FIFA World Cup qualifications for the first time and recently featured in the UEFA European Football Championship. Its growing sporting prowess demands firms like About Access consult and advise.
Gibraltar is investing heavily in its infrastructure and as part of its improvements is looking for consultants, including access advisors.
Streets’ consultation experience includes major sporting events and facilities and his accessibility studies include Premier League and Championship football grounds, Test match cricket venues and major indoor sports and entertainment venues including the O2 Arena, according to The Hull Daily Mail.
He told the newspaper: “There is so much to look at including new venue for international football and cricket and a new sports centre for Special Olympics, for example UEFA sets strict requirements for access, seating and sanitary facilities for disabled supporters.
“I am getting involved early because it is important to address accessibility requirements at the design stage.”