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Building for Everyone

National Disability Authority Building for Everyone – a universal design approach Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful In their words: “… provides comprehensive best practice guidance on how to design, build and manage buildings and spaces so that they can be readily

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Fire safety in schools

Department for Education, (DfE) Building Bulletin 100: Design for fire safety in schools Publication date: 2014 Ranking: essential In their words: “This guide provides fire safety design guidance for schools in England and Wales. The guidance applies to nursery schools, primary and

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Designing with downsizers

University of Sheffield. DWELL –  Designing for well-being in environments for later life. Authors: Adam Park, Friederike Ziegler and Sarah Wigglesworth. Designing with downsizers Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful In their words: “Downsizing – rather like much else to do

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Designing for well-being in later life

DWELL research project, University of Sheffield DWELL (Designing for Well-being in Environments for Later Life) project Publication date: Ranking: useful DWELL was a multi-disciplinary design research project at the University of Sheffield. EPSRC-funded , the three year project investigated how the design

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NHS Estates design guidance

NHS NHS Estates design guidance Publication date: 2016 Ranking: essential Health building notes give best practice guidance on the design and planning of new healthcare buildings and on the adaptation or extension of existing facilities. They provide information to support

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Building better care homes

Care Inspectorate Building better care homes for adults – Design, planning and construction considerations for new or converted care homes for adults Publication date: 2018 Ranking: essential – Scotland In their words: “This guidance has been completely revised in light

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Designing healthcare facilities?

Department of Health Health Building Note 00-01 General design guidance for healthcare buildings Publication date: 2014 Ranking: essential In their words: “This Health Building Note (HBN) gives general design guidance for healthcare buildings. It provides an overall picture of the design issues

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Standards make the world accessible for all

British Standards Institute BSi documentary – Building accessibility Publication date: 2017 Ranking: essential Why are accessibility standards important? How do standards help designers? How can we make the World Wide Web wider? With a new documentary on accessibility, BSI Group

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HAPPI in practice: designing for independent living

Tim Bell, Bell Phillips Architects, for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (HLIN) Designing for an Autonomous Community – Bruyn’s Court, Publication: 2018 Ranking: useful Using the HAPPI design principles this case study in South Ockendon, Essex describes an inclusive design that

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Working for age friendly communities

Centre for Aging Publication date: various Ranking: useful Age friendly community In their own words: “In age-friendly communities, people of all ages actively participate, it is easy for people to stay connected, active and healthy in later life, and appropriate

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Designing with people

Helen Hamlyn Trust Designing with people Publication date: Ranking: essential In their words: “This web-based resource has been created by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art to share ways to design with people. Get

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Design for dementia

Bill Halsall, Halsall Lloyd Partnership and Dr. Rob MacDonald, Liverpool Moores University. Design for Dementia, Volume 1 – A Guide Design for Dementia, Volume 2 – Research Projects Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful In their words: ‘Design for Dementia’ is a

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Who do we design for?

Microsoft Design The case for inclusive design Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful In their words: “If we use our own abilities and biases as a starting point, we end up with products designed for people of a specific gender, age,

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Building for Equality: Disability and the Built Environment

House of Commons Select Committee: Women and Equalities Building for Equality: Disability and the Built Environment Publication date: 2017 Ranking: essential Download a copy here from the Parliament website  The report sets out the Select Committee’s findings and recommendations on

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Posted in Building Regulations, Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Highways, Paving, Urban Design

8 minutes, 34 seconds of your time

Design Council Inclusive Environments Publication date: 2016 Ranking: Essential This short film sets out the principles and methods to design and implement an inclusive environment for everyone. It has been commissioned as part of the Design Council’s work on their Inclusive

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Design toolkit

MediaLAB Amsterdam Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful This toolkit sets out in detail all the various stages to design from initial ideas to implementation looking at what needs to be considered and how it should be carried out. Stages include,

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Active ageing

Written by Liz Cairncross, Head of Research at the Institute of Public Care, Oxford Brookes University, Housing LIN Active Ageing and the Built Environment Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful The Briefing it looks at active ageing and the different aspects of the built

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Managing Accessible Toilets

Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE)  Managing Accessible Toilets Publication date: 2017 Ranking: essential This guidance sets out the need for accessible toilets, the legislative background and the standards for the various different types. Importantly, it highlights 10 key good practice

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Deafspace

Hansel Bauman (hbhm architects) in conjunction with ASL Deaf Studies Department, Gallaudet University. The DeafSpace Project (DSP) Publication date: 2005 Ranking: useful In their words: “Our built environment, largely constructed by and for hearing individuals, presents a variety of surprising challenges

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Design for fire safety in schools

Department for Education/Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Publication date: 2007 Ranking: essential Building Bulletin 100: design for fire safety in schools In their words: “BB 100 is a design guide which shows clearly how the requirements for life safety, contained

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Chief Fire Officers Association/Home Office Publication date: 2006 Ranking: essential Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005: a short guide to making your premises safe from fire The Order is designed to provide a minimum fire safety standard in all non

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Poverty, place and inequality

Victoria Pinoncely, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Poverty, place and inequality – a policy paper Publication date: May 2016 Ranking: useful The paper puts forward the idea that place-based approaches are the best way tackle poverty and inequality. In their

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Sensory access in Higher Education

Equality Challenge Unit. Research undertaken by LSN (www.lsnlearning.org.uk): Jean Hewitt, Chris Hewitson, Gill O’Toole and Naomi Haywood. Sensory access in Higher Education: Guidance report Publication date: 2009 Ranking: useful This guidance had been developed from research findings showing that students with visual

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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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Core disability 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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