Accessible environments incorporate inclusive design for all which increases people’s freedom and improves equality by actively considering mobility, sensory and cognitive requirements.
Experts work across all sectors to ensure everything from buildings and unusual structures, transport and infrastructure, right through to urban and rural areas are accessible environments without compromising other aspirations.
For example, signage and other wayfinding systems need to incorporate visual, tactile and audible elements, so that they cater for everyone – including people who are blind or partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing, and people with learning disabilities.
Developers and building owners need to be confident that properties are not only commercially successful, but also meet their legal, social and moral obligations. By considering inclusive design early on, then throughout the development process, we can future proof, reducing the need for retrofit or redesign at later stages.