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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.

civic campus, Town Hall, fulham

Ardmore to deliver £155m Civic Campus for Hammersmith & Fulham

Ardmore has been appointed by Hammersmith & Fulham Council and A2Dominion, as their delivery partner for Hammersmith Civic Campus, a major new mixed-use development in West London.
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Hot desking or homeworking, accessibility is essential

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, highlights the need to ensure accessibility in the changing post-Covid office environment.
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Long-term view essential as visitor attractions recover from Covid

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, explores how the disruption caused by Covid gives us an opportunity to review visitor attractions and make everything more accessible.
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Online options take an inclusive approach to access training

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, takes a look at how online options take an inclusive approach to access training.
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Making the built environment accessible for all

In this ebook, About Access, which has been providing advice, guidance and training on improving access for 20 years, discusses its work and the importance of broadening understanding and acceptance of accessibility issues.
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Construction of new station building underway at Gatwick Airport

Work has started on Gatwick Airport’s huge new railway station concourse, as the first train arrives at one of the rebuilt platforms.
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Inclusive principles set out approach to making Covid changes accessible

The gradual reopening of the arts and entertainment sectors has prompted a collaboration aimed at ensuring disabled people are not left behind in the planning and delivery of measures to overcome the impact of Covid-19.
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The reality of accessible housing during lockdown

As the government consults on how to raise accessibility standards for new homes, Nicholas Bungay of Habinteg discusses recent research into the challenges many disabled people have faced during lockdown because of a lack of even basic accessible features.
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New Garden Cities must have sustainable transport at their core

Holistically planned new communities have the opportunity to become exemplars of sustainable travel but this will be an opportunity missed without commitment and investment from the outset, argues Katy Lock, director – communities at the Town & Country Planning Association.
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Construction underway for accessible housing in Sunderland

Tolent has been appointed by Sunderland City Council to build accessible and affordable housing – the first council houses to be built in Sunderland for almost 40 years.
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Graham secures £35m Wycliffe Centre contract

Royal London has appointed Graham to deliver the £35m design and build of its retirement village, Wycliffe Park, in Horsley Green near High Wycombe.
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Pan-disability approach is the priority in improving accessibility

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, calls for compromise to help make the built environment accessible to all.
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New building standard addresses sensory and neurological needs

BSI has announced a new project to create the first set of guidance for the design of the built environment to include the needs of people who experience sensory and neurological difficulties.
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Plans to reduce flood risk in Bristol unveiled

Bristol City Council and the Environment Agency have unveiled their plan for reducing the risk of flooding from the River Avon to Bristol and neighbouring communities.
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Inaccessible homes make lockdown tougher for disabled people

New research has found that inaccessible homes have made lockdown significantly harder for many disabled UK adults, according to a YouGov poll.
Safer Public Spaces

‘Safer Public Spaces’ is no substitute for accessibility best practice

Access consultant, Ian Streets says the government’s “Safer Public Spaces” document which claims to set out the design principles for safer urban spaces is no substitute for accessibility best practice.
changing places

Cheer and challenges greet Changing Places announcements

The recent Changing Places Awareness Day brought two big announcements which have been welcomed by campaigners including disability charities.

Build, build, build – but don’t build like before

Trudi Beswick, CEO of the RICS Project of the Year 2019 winner Caudwell Children, is calling on the government, councils and the wider construction industry to prioritise truly accessible design as part of the “build, build, build” recovery plan.
About Access

Frustrating flashback shows work to be done to improve access

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, takes a lockdown look at the lack of progress over the last 10 years.
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Blue badge anniversary highlights the need for progress

If you blinked you probably missed it, but just a few weeks ago the government marked the 50th anniversary of the blue badge scheme.
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Don’t forget disabled people when planning for social distancing

Access consultant, Ian Streets says we must not forget disabled people when planning for social distancing.
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A balancing act between accessibility and authenticity

The aim of accessibility is to make reasonable adjustments to try to ensure that disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.
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Signage is just the start of your wayfinding strategy

A well-designed wayfinding system can save time and reduce costs.
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COVID-19: ‘Construction can be productive despite lockdown’

Ian Streets, access consultant at About Access, takes a look at how the construction shutdown scenario can create the opportunity to change a working environment.
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Heritage sites and the art of accessibility

Ian Streets from About Access discusses accessibility in museums and art galleries - including the accessibility of exhibits and interactivity.
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Kier wins £15m Spen Valley leisure centre in West Yorkshire

Procured through the YORbuild2 framework, Kier has been appointed by Kirklees Council to deliver the £15m Spen Valley leisure centre in Liversedge, West Yorkshire.

Accessible Environments

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.