Inclusive Access

Inclusive access is at the core of the welcome offered by the Dean and Canons of Windsor to all who visit this beautiful setting for worship within one of the finest late-perpendicular gothic buildings in Europe. As Surveyor of the Fabric Martin Ashley has assisted with a programme of inclusive access initiatives in the challenging design context of this remarkable interior. The new ambulatory ramp and steps were designed and crafted in European oak treated with a soluble stone application to tone the oak towards the time-worn character of the surrounding Chapel walls. The handrail is natural bronze deliberately allowed to patinate, and hand-forged burnished iron with modest gilded trefoil details to respond to the adjacent blind-traceried late 15th Century stonework. The Chapel ‘crossing’ ramp is in similarly treated oak, but designed in component form so that it can be demounted and trollied away when need-be for major services and particularly Garter Day when the Chapel is brimming with its community and guests and in full formal processional use. Hand forged and burnished iron handrails have been provided to the Chapel crossing steps. Very simply but elegantly detailed so as to sit well in the context of the remarkable surrounding late 15th Century architecture.