Fixed ladders may be installed for access in a loft conversion where there is insufficient room to install a conventional stair without alteration to the existing space, if they conform to the following:

• There should be fixed handrails on both sides.

• The ladder should only serve one habitable room.

Retractable ladders are not acceptable for means of escape in case of fire.

100 mm projection from one side only

Add projection of wall handrail if provided

-Stair width-

T projection string/skirting


Permitted projection of wall handrail

100 projection

NOTE: handrail and balustrade placed outside stair width

-Stair width-


Figure 10.1k General requirements under Section K: Handrail projection into stair widths

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