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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.

later living,

Guild Living submits plans for later living scheme in Epsom

A new scheme to convert unused NHS buildings into housing and care for older people is being planned in Surrey.
accessible housing, Housing Made for Everyone,

HoME: New coalition to tackle the accessible housing “timebomb”

A new coalition of campaigning organisations and housing associations are demanding action to ensure all new homes are accessible and adaptable.
Access Consultants

Opening the door to access consultants will save money

Ian Streets of About Access discusses the benefits of access consultants, particularly in the long-term where it costs to put things right.
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Taking an inclusive approach to roadside recovery

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, catches up with Costain to help them ensure their motorway recovery services are accessible.
School design, social and technological change,

School design: How furniture is meeting the pace of change

William Tonkinson, managing director of education furniture and fitout specialist Deanestor, looks at how furniture for schools is evolving to reflect the pace of social and technological change.
Accessibility statements

How access statements can highlight best practice within your building

Ian Streets from About Access discusses access statements and their benefits to visitors, as well as touching upon their limitations.
Secondary glazing,

Make hotel rooms more comfortable with secondary glazing

Hotels inhabit traditional buildings with single glazed windows that provide poor insulation; Selectaglaze secondary glazing can reduce heat loss by up to 65%.
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Safety design standards in sports stadia: How Green Guide 6 is...

Martin Jennings, senior vice president at Legends International, discusses how recent changes to safety design guidance for modern sports stadia are being applied in practice.

Housing and support for the elderly and disabled in Ryde

Ryde Village, the extra care housing scheme, will offer elderly and disabled people housing and support, maximising their independence and quality of life.
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No reason for museums to be stuck in the past

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, says consultation is key when it comes to making art and culture accessible to all.
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Time to tackle ‘timebomb’ in lack of suitable housing

Ten organisations from across the housing and charity sectors have warned of a crisis in the provision of suitable housing for older and disabled people as they launch a new coalition to campaign for accessible homes.
BAM Construction, Health centre

BAM wins Scotland’s biggest health centre contract

BAM Construction has been appointed by hub west Scotland to build Scotland’s biggest health centre in Parkhead, Glasgow.
Accessibility issues

Accessibility issues: Sharing expertise to create a more inclusive world

Ian Streets from About Access discusses tackling accessibility issues by educating others in order to share expert knowledge.
wheelchair users, Habinteg,

Two-thirds of Brits say homes are inaccessible for wheelchair users

Over two-thirds of people in Britain say their homes are inaccessible for wheelchair users, according to a new YouGov poll commissioned by Habinteg.
Signage, Accessibility,

Accessibility implications when choosing the design of signs

Ian Streets from About Access discusses signage and the importance of accessibility implications when choosing the design of signs.
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Islands of accessibility in a sea of inaccessibility

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, finds excellent examples of accessibility, but in places which are inaccessible.
About Access

About Access – Hidden disabilities – and hidden disabled people

Ian Streets from About Access discusses tackling disability issues and provisions against them when considering building projects We often look at the issues around hidden...
accessibility standards, disabled,

PM launches new accessibility standards for disabled people

Injustices faced by disabled people in the workplace, at home and in the community will be tackled through a new package of accessibility measures ordered by the Prime Minister.
Tower Gardens Community Building,

Work begins on £1.6m Tower Gardens Community Building

Work has begun on the construction of the new £1.6m Tower Gardens Community Building, bringing new inclusive facilities to the town.
changing places toilets,

UK public buildings to add Changing Places toilets

New large public buildings in the UK are expected to add Changing Places toilets for severely disabled people, thanks to new government proposals.
About Access

Credit to Highways England for exemplar approach to consultation

About Access praise Highways England when looking at two case studies involving accessibility within their consultation procedures.
accessible loos, structural warranty,

Time to flush out the poor design of accessible loos

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, urges designers to consider the needs of disabled people when planning essential facilities.
About Access

About Access: Handy advice on common design faults

About Access discuss how simple design faults can lean to difficulties in accessibility, providing tips to resolve the issues at the start of the process.
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Embracing the rewards of creating inclusive accessible environments

With the government recently announcing plans to make Changing Places toilets mandatory in all new large public buildings, Nicholas Bungay, director of strategy and external affairs at Habinteg, examines how to ensure venues are open to everyone.
Happy by Design, Mental health,

Designing buildings to improve mental health

We must take the lead on designing for mental health, writes Ben Channon, senior architect at Assael Architecture and author of Happy by Design: A Guide to Architecture and Mental Wellbeing.
Improve accessibility, Historic houses,

Innovation key to making historic properties accessible to modern visitors

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, looks at how the heritage market can meet the needs of disabled customers.

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.