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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 2017

North Somerset Council Publication date: 2017 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: 2017 Ranking: essential BS 9999:2017 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 Institute British Standard BS5888-8 Fire precautions in the design, construction and use of buildings. Publication date: 1999 Ranking: useful – superceded. See BS 9999: 2017 “Fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings. Code of practice.”

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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 2015

Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABBT) Publication date: 2015 Ranking: essential These are the updated Technical Standards which aim to provide simple guidance in an easy format. They set out the physical standards for buildings, their equipment and the good

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The value of good design: how buildings and spaces create economic and social value

Design Council, formerly published by Commission for Architecture and Built Environment, CABE. Publication date: 2002 Ranking: useful The document draws together key research from the UK and abroad to show that investment in good design generates economic and social value. How

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The colour, light and contrast manual

University of Reading Publication date: 2010 Ranking: useful The content of this book is drawn from the extensive work of the Inclusive Environments Research Group in SCME and provides the standard text on the provision of inclusive environments.  The book

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Building Sight

RNIB Publication date:  First published 1995 (updated) Ranking: useful Describes building design requirements for people with visual impairments. Covers both exterior and interior issues. How to view a copy Please follow this link to the RNIB website How to obtain

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British Standard Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment

British Standards Institute BS 8300-1:2018 Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment. External environment. Code of practice BS 8300-2:2018 Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment. Buildings. Code of practice Publication date: 2018 Ranking: essential BS 8300: 2009+A1:2010 has been

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Building Bulletin 93 Acoustic design of schools

Dept of Education Publication date: 1993 Ranking: Useful Building Bulletin 93 aimed to give supporting advice and recommendations for planning and design of schools for anyone involved in the design of new school buildings. How to view a copy Follow

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Accessible Train Station Design for Disabled People: Code of Practice

Department for Transport and Transport Scotland Publication date: 2011 Ranking: Useful The purpose of the Code is to assist those operating passenger trains and stations in making railway travel easier for disabled passengers. In sets out key design criteria for

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Accessible Stadia

Sports Ground Safety Authority Publication date: 2015 (first published in 2003) Ranking: Essential This comprehensive updated publication brings together the background information central to designing and providing for disabled spectators at stadia. It lays out clearly the requirements and obligations of legislation,

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Accessible Sports Facilities

Sport England Publication date: 2010 Ranking: Useful Describes national standards for providing wide range of accessible sports facilities. Covers playing areas as well as changing areas and ancillary facilities. How to view a copy Follow this link to download a

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Access, churches and disabled people

ChurchCare Accessibility and disabled people Publication date: 2013 Ranking: Useful Provides guidance on improving access to church buildings with references to other websites, documents and guidance. How to obtain a copy of this document Please follow this link To obtain

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Health service premises access audit

NHS Publication date: 1999 Ranking: useful Doubly Disabled – an access audit of health service premises This post is formed of two documents. The first provides an overview of the needs of disabled people when using health services. The second is

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Designing for the Disabled

Selwyn Goldsmith Designing for the disabled Updated in 1997 as “Designing for the disabled: The new paradigm” Publication date: 1963 Ranking: Useful First authoritative guide on physical design for disabled people covering wide range of issues and subjects from external

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Approved document Part M: Access to and use of buildings

Planning Portal Publication Date:  2016 (updated) Ranking:  Essential This section covers the technical guidance contained in Part M (Approved Document M) of schedule 1 of the Building Regulations with the requirements with respect to Access to and use of buildings.

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