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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.

BS 8300

Updated British Standard presents a golden opportunity

The publication of updated guidance aimed at making buildings more inclusive presents a golden opportunity for property developers and designers to look again at accessibility
About Access

Design of doors starts with common sense

Ian Streets of About Access discusses the design of doors and their role in accessibility and safety, something often overlooked. We’ve seen all sorts of...
Wheelchair Housing Design Guide

Habinteg release 3rd Edition of Wheelchair Housing Design Guide

The third edition Habinteg’s Wheelchair Housing Design Guide has been authored by experts from the Centre for Accessible Environments and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section – Housing
PBC Today 17

PBC Today January 2018

Welcome to the January 2018 edition of PBC Today. In this issue, we sit down with John Hunt of Enterprise Ireland to discuss offsite,...
hearing loss

Are we placing people with hearing loss at the heart of...

Jean Hewitt, inclusive environments consultant and director at the Centre for Accessible Environments, explores whether the needs of over 12m people with hearing loss in the UK are forgotten about in the design of new buildings and external spaces
BS 8300

Time to think as we await new-look BS 8300

Ian Streets of About Access looks ahead to the introduction of the wide-ranging BS 8300 and its potential impact on new and planned developments
About access

Time for a cultural shift to highlight accessibility issues

Ian Streets from About Access discusses accessibility issues, ranging from public transport to building design and construction Personal struggles with accessibility issues often shed light...
Accessible toilets

Inclusive design: Accessible toilets today

Jean Hewitt, Director of the Centre for Accessible Environments, explores the subject of toilet design and supply and some of the issues for today’s society
Iridis apps

Improved process for dementia care design with the new Iridis apps

Working with the University of Stirling, Space Architects has helped to create the first-of-its-kind Iridis apps to improve the design of homes for people living with dementia. Director Stephen Brooks explains their development
PBC Today 17

PBC Today October 2017

This edition of PBC Today includes many articles covering subject areas such as planning, housing, BIM, building control, health and safety and energy efficiency.
access to premises

Cibes UK calls for improved access to premises in London

This year Transport for London (TfL) announced that 25% of its tube stations are now step-free. With transport leading the way, Cibes UK Sales and Marketing Director Gary Sullivan is calling on improved access to premises
Disability access in the built environment

Understanding disability access in the built environment

Realising true disability access in the built environment is not just about minimum design standards or building regulations. But, with a common sense approach, it can be achieved in a cost-effective manner, says Turner & Townsend's Richard Dryden
Building accessibility

Basic errors are obstacles to building accessibility

Building accessibility is covered by Approved Document M, yet many projects still suffer from errors. Ian Streets of About Access examines the problem
About Access

Access consultants – Building a network to create a more inclusive...

Ian Streets of About Access discusses creating a network of access consultants. There’s no confirmed collective noun for access consultants, but the level of co-operation is...
Accessible housing needs to be on the government's agenda post-election

Accessible housing needs to be on the government’s agenda post-election

Christina McGill, Head of Communications, Habinteg shares her wish list following the snap General Election and calls for accessible housing to be a priority
Reviewing BS8300 and its importance for accessibility

Reviewing BS8300 and its importance for accessibility

About Access sheds light on amendments to BS8300 and explains why the review is the ideal opportunity to set the highest standards for accessibility
Commons select committee highlights equality issues within the built environment

Commons Select Committee highlights equality issues within the built environment

The Department for Communities and Local Government has been taken to task over equality of access to the public environment and accessible housing
Accessible design must be a consideration from the start

Accessible design must be a consideration from the start

Ian Streets, of About Access Limited says accessible design should not be an afterthought and warns ignoring it early in a project can prove costly
Accessible housing in the UK

Why accessible housing shouldn’t be a niche issue

The growing national demand for inclusive, accessible housing shouldn’t be a niche issue, as argued by Jean Hewitt, Director of the Centre for Accessible Environments.
Accessible services

Accessible services – breaking down the barriers to a business

Accessible services and premises need to be recognised as good for business, says Ian Streets of About Access Whether they are defiant or just in...
accessibility consultant

About Access – Accessibility consultants

About Access covers accessibility for disabled people; offering consultancy and accredited practical advice on disabled access to and within buildings.
About access

Awareness is key to accessibility issues

Some people really need to get out more. It’s good for them, it’s good for businesses and it’s essentially why we set up About...
About access

Access awareness brings bottom-line benefits

Awareness is the key to opening up buildings and facilities to disabled people. If you know what sort of needs disabled people have, and...
About access

How convenient are your public conveniences?

On the face of it the most accessible loos would appear to be a design disaster. All that space but with all the facilities...
About access

Disabled access exemption can pose trip hazard

With most regulations, an offer of exemption can easily encourage temptation. The provision which can allow exemption from certain access requirements within the Equality Act...
About Access

A reasonable approach to improving access for disabled people

Ten years after the deadline passed for businesses to make sure their premises and services were accessible, it may be considered surprising to find...

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.