Built Environment Access Audits


Purple’s access audits work to identify any physical, cognitive and sensory barriers to the external environment for people with all disabilities combined with advice on inclusive practice to benefit and increase participation in these spaces and to utilise the built environments.

We offer two audit options:

  • Walk-Through Audit – includes a pre-agreed set of journey sequences of an area taken alongside a client representative. Purple auditors will highlight from sight some of the physical, cognitive and sensory barriers to the environment and record areas of concern.   Purple will produce a high-level recommendations report highlighting areas that need further investigation providing a sample of photographic evidence and reference to legislative requirements.
  • Comprehensive Access Audit – Purple auditors will undertake a full and detailed audit of an agreed space and produce a full report and key priorities plan of the access issues found.  The report and recommendations will adhere to existing best practice guidance relating to the specific needs of disabled people and the overall development of inclusive environments. 

We adopt a practical approach when compiling audit reports and resulting action plans in order to produce feasible, real-life solutions to barriers and hazards identified during the access audit.


The audits and reports are based upon best practice guidelines contained within:


  • Equality Act 2010
  • Disability Discrimination Act Audit standards
  • Equality & Human Rights Commission Statutory Code of Practice 2010
  • BSI Standards 8300: 2018: Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment. Part 1 External Environment: Code of Practice
  • BSI Standards 8300: 2018 Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment Part 2 Buildings: Code of Practice 
  • Guidelines for Providing for Journeys on Foot, CIHT 2000
  • Designing for Accessibility, Centre for Accessible Environments 2012
  • Design Manual for Roads and Bridges: HD42/05 Non-motorised User Audits RNIB Wayfinding Report, RNIB 2010

Purple Approved Accessible Destination badge


For those organisations that meet Purple's accessibility best practice standards we award them with a Purple Approved – Accessible Destination badge, so that they can proudly demonstrate their accessibility credentials to customers and employees.


Digital Auditing

Purple’s digital solutions include accessible building advice and audits, through to accessibility testing for Web, software and mobile technologies; helping companies to comply with UK and worldwide disability laws and addressing organisational corporate responsibilities.


We offer a range of digital services to support you in developing and producing fully accessible online platforms and mobile technologies.


Services include:


  • Digital Diagnosis - a high-level user-led investigation of your customer-facing website with an analysis report offering practical and realistic advice on how issues can be fixed.
  • Comprehensive Digital Audit – an in-depth assessment against Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA and other industry standards. We take a real-life approach with disabled user testing. For organisations that meet WCAG 2.1 AA standards, we award the Purple Approved – Accessible Website badge, so that they can proudly demonstrate their accessibility credentials to customers and employees.
  • Mobile Accessibility Test – Using a variety of modern mobile devices including Android and iOS, your content is checked against Mobile Web Best Practices guidelines. Similarly, for those organisations we assess and meet Mobile Application best practice guidelines will be awarded with a Purple Approved - Accessible Application badge.

We use a range of technical tools that comprise of but are not limited to:


  • SortSite – This test checks 117 tests covering A and AA guidelines
  • The Web Accessibility Toolbar
  • The Color Contrast Analyser
  • W3C Validator
  • Dom Inspector
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking for mobility-impaired users
  • Jaws (Job Access with Speech) for blind users
  • ZoomText for low vision users
  • Cognitively impaired tests
  • Hearing-impaired tests.