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Library of the future

Michaela Cavanagh, CityLab, The Atlantic. A library of the future arrives in Denmark Publication date: December 2016 Ranking: useful Described as less of place for books and more a space for people the article highlights how a key issue in

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What do you know about toilets?

Survey on the design of accessible toilets Publication date: February 2017 Ranking: useful Vaila Morrison (Access Association, Eastern Region) has set up a survey on the design of accessible toilets. Vaila is an architect who is passionate about the provision

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Core design documents

Compiled by North Somerset Council Equality and Diversity Team. Publication date: December 2016 Ranking: essential These documents are the key ones which we feel underpin most design work from service delivery to transport, interior design or the public realm. Disability

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Creating age-friendly cities

Houses of Parliament Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Creating age-friendly cities Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful This POSTnote from the  examines how housing, outdoor spaces and transport can be made more age-friendly. As the number of older people living

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If women built cities

Susanna Rustin, The Guardian If women built cities, what would our urban landscape look like? Publication date: December 2014 Ranking: useful  The focus of this article is an interview with Fiona Scott of the Gort Scott partnership. It discuses her

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Around the toilet

Around the toilet Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful This project approaches a fundamental issue in a very different, but very informative way. Use this link to their web site to find out more or read on. In their words: “Around

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Building better places

House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment.  Building Better Places Publication date: February 2016 Ranking: useful This report covers the findings of the Select Committee. The Committee commented: “(the) …cumulative effect of progressively diluting the capacity

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LLDC Inclusive Design Standards

London Legacy Development Corporation LLDC Inclusive Design Standards Publication date: March 2013 Ranking: useful This document sets out the design standards used by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) as a part of the Olympic Legacy process. It develops the guidance

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Colour, contrast and perception

Keith Bright, Geoff Cook and John Harris; University of Reading. Colour selection and the Visually Impaired – A Design Guide for Building Refurbishment Publication date: 1997, updated 2004 Ranking: useful Report describes how visually impaired navigate buildings and how colour

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Arts access guides

Produced by Museums, Libraries and Archives (MLA), (responsibilities now transferred to the Arts Council). Disability Portfolio Publication date: 2003 Ranking: useful The Disability Portfolio is a collection of 12 access guides. They were produced originally to meet the growing need

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Case study 5: A Fresh Approach

Housing LIN – Architype A Fresh Approach to Palliative Care – Sustainable Design Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful The case studies aim to show inclusive design in practice. All the case studies can be found in our case study index post.

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Is your hospital dementia friendly?

The King’s Fund Centre An EHE Environmental Assessment Tool Is your hospital dementia friendly? Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful This is an audit tool for assessing hospital wards. The King’s Fund’s overarching design principles for dementia friendly design are reproduced at

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Accessible railway stations

A joint code of practice (CoP) by Dept. for Transport and Transport Scotland. Design standards for accessible railway stations. Publication date: 2015 Ranking: essential The document sets out the standards required for all infrastructure works at stations to ensure a

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The patient experience

King’s Fund Centre Improving the patient experience: Developing supportive design for people with dementia Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful   The report addresses the ways the environment can be used to support people living with dementia in health settings. Its forms

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Setting up a Polling Station

The Electoral Commission Setting up a Polling Station Publication date: 2015 Ranking: essential Written as a concise bullet point guide, this fact sheet guides anyone running a polling station through the required features they must consider to ensure the building

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Every building matters

CABE/Design Council | Department of Education SureStart Every Building Matters Publication date: 2008 Ranking: useful A visual guide to designing Sure Start Children’s Centres and other years facilities and spaces. This guide offers design advice that will be useful for

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An alternative age-friendly handbook

Sophie Handler; UK Urban Ageing Consortium | Age Uk | Royal Institute of British Architects | Age-friendly Manchester | Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing. An alternative age-friendly handbook Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful This handbook provides practitioners with a series

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Great places to go

Case studies – index North Somerset Equality and Diversity Team Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful Here are both buildings and spaces that show how good inclusive design can be achieved in practice. The cases are not all brand new buildings and

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Case study 2: North Somerset Town Hall

North Somerset Council Equality and Diversity Team Art of combining steps and a lift in one Publication date: 2014 Ranking: Useful The case studies aim to show inclusive design in practice All the case studies can be found in our

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Case study 1: Knightstone Housing Association offices

North Somerset Council Equality and Diversity Team Accessible offices Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful The case studies aim to show inclusive design in practice All the case studies can be found in our case study index post. Scheme 1 Knightstone

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Making your project accessible for disabled people

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Publication date: December 2012 Ranking: useful This guidance has been written to support bids for funding to the HLF. It looks at how it is possible to improve projects so that disabled people, (visitors, volunteers or staff),

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Putting Inclusive Design into Practice

Housing LIN Publication date: 2010 Ranking: useful In a society which has an ageing population and, for the first time, has more older people than younger people, there is a compelling need to do much more to improve the accessibility

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Non-Mainstream Housing Design Guidance

Housing and Communities Agency Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful  This report summarises recent work carried out by Levitt Bernstein and PRP Architects on behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency. It provides an overview and synopsis of the extensive published

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Design and access statement. How to write,read and use them.

Design Council (formerly the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment) Publication date: 2006 Ranking: Essential In May 2006, the government introduced changes to the planning applications process that brought Design and Access Statements into more common use . Though Planning

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Accessible Train Station

Department of Transport Publication date: November 2011 Ranking: useful  This document outlines the code of practice for Accessible Train Stations specifically designed for disabled people. Covers all  issues from platform design and access onto trains to information, kiosks,  ramps, doors and car parking.

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BME Housing design protocol

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Publication date: 2007 Ranking: useful The document was produced to represent an agreed approach to the design development process for delivering housing, which is flexible in design to meet the needs of BME households. Whilst there was

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Short-changed: the Trailblazers High Street report

Trailblazers Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful Describes the findings of an Autumn 2013 investigation into access to the High Street. Trailblazers have compiled a cost-effective guide with recommendations as to how businesses can improve disabled customers experiences in their establishments. Individual disabled

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Hospice Environmental Assessment Tool

Princes Foundation/The Kings Fund Publication date: 2010 Ranking: useful This audit tool supports the design guidance on hospices to be found in “Principles of hospice design”.  It is also is of relevance to anyone working on designing for people with

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Principles of hospice design

Princes Foundation/The Kings Fund Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful The document sets out the principles that arose from a design competition to describes the requirements for a well designed hospice. It builds on research undertaken by the The Kings Fund

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Fire safety risk assessment: means of escape for disabled people

Publication date: 2007 Ranking: essential Guidance about completing a fire safety risk assessment for people responsible for providing means of escape for disabled people. This guide is a supplement to be read alongside the other risk assessment guides in this

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Inclusive School Design – accommodating pupils with SEN and disabilities in mainstream schools

Department of Education Publication date: 2001 Ranking: useful Published as Building Bulletin 94, it provided advice and guidance on how to accommodate pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in mainstream schools in support of Building Bulletin 91. The illustrated text

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Advice on Standards for School Premises 2013

Department of Education (DfE) Publication date: 2013 Ranking: essential This advice is non-statutory, and has been produced by the DfE to help recipients understand their obligations and duties in relation to the School Premises Regulations 2012, which came into force

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Planning and access for disabled people: a good practice guide

Dept. of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Publication date: 2003 Ranking: useful The primary objective of this guide is to ensure the planning system in England successfully and consistently delivers inclusive environments as an integral part of the development process.

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Best practice guidelines for accessible cinemas for disabled people

Cinema Exhibitors Association Ltd (CEA) Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful Produced in consultation with a wide array of relevant stakeholders, this document set out a comprehensive view not just of the requirements placed on cinema owners and operators by legislation,

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Designing for disabled children and children with special educational needs (BB102)

Dept. of Education Publication date: 2008 Ranking: Useful Advice and guidance on how to meet needs of disabled pupils. Building Bulletin 102 provided non-statutory design guidance on accommodation for children with SEN and disabilities for special school and mainstream school

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Access for all self assessment toolkit

Former Museums, Libraries and Archives (MLA) Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful Audit guidance produced by the now defunct MLA for museums and galleries focusing on inclusion and diversity. How to view this document Please use this link to the archived webpage.

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Disability Design Standards

Publication date: updated 2013 Ranking: essential The North Somerset Council design sheets summarise design guidance for disabled people and are based on national guidance, good practice and the views of local disabled people. They form a part of the council’s policy

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Meeting Checklist and Venue Guide 2013

North Somerset Council Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful The document sets out the requirements of the council for ensuring all meetings are held in accessible locations and run in ways that are inclusive, wherever it is reasonable and practicable to do

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Making premises safe from fire – short guide for businesses

Department of Communities and Local Government Publication date: 2006 Ranking: essential This booklet provides practical advice to people responsible for fire safety in small and medium businesses. It provides entry-level guidance on how to make sure you are meeting the

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North Somerset Equality Access Policy

Publication date: 2013 Ranking: Essential (North Somerset Council) This document sets out North Somerset Council’s policy for achieving accessible buildings, spaces and transport for everyone. It also addresses the related theme of accessible information. It provides a framework for the

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Changing Places: the practical guide

Changing Places Consortium Publication date: 2013 Ranking: essential  The document aims to provide practical guidance on the design and management of a Changing Places toilet, as well as an understanding of why they are needed and who is likely to

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Good signs – improving signs for people with learning disabilities

Disability Rights Commission Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful This report introduces some of the issues affecting the mobility of people with a learning disability in the built environment, with particular regard to signage. The report makes suggestions concerning how signs might

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BS 9999:2008 – Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings

British Standards Institute (BSi) Publication date: 2008 Ranking: essential BS 9999:2008 is the fire safety code of practice for building design, management and use. It is based on government guidance and provides a best practice framework for fire safety. The standard

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British Standard BS5888-8 Fire precautions in the design, construction and use of buildings,

British Standard Publication date: 1999 Ranking: useful – superceded, see below This part of BS 5588 provided guidance for designers, the building construction team and building managements on incorporating into new buildings, or buildings that were being altered, measures that

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Homes for our old age – Independent living by design

Design Council, based on research commissioned by the Department of Health, conducted by the Women’s Design Service and the University of the West of England. Publication date: 2009 Ranking: useful The report will be of interest to those who commission,

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The way we live now: What people expect from their homes

Ipsos MORI/Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful This research project has been commissioned from Ipsos MORI by the RIBA for the independent Future Homes Commission’s investigation into how the UK can build enough of the right kind

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Access to Historic Buildings

English Heritage Easy Access to Historic Buildings Publication date: 2015 Ranking: essential These guidelines focus on physical access issues for historic buildings. Other issues such as lighting, tone, colour contrast and signing are addressed with references to other access guidance elsewhere. The guidance deals buildings

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Designing Libraries

Designing Libraries is run by team at Aberystwyth University. It was set up in 2004  initially with MLA funding, to provide a web-based database of recent public library building projects in the UK, benefiting from staff expertise and resources within the University

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Sign Design Guide

Sign Design Society and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).Written by Peter Barker OBE, BSc (Eng)  and June Fraser ARCA PPCSD Publication date: 2000Ranking: essential The book is concerned with making environments accessible to everyone and addresses the concept of

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Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment – Yellow Guide 2013

Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABBT) Publication date: 2013 Ranking: essential These are Technical Standards which aim to provide simple guidance in an easy format, setting out the physical standards for buildings, their equipment and the good management of the

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