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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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Posted in Consultation, Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Gender, Service Provision

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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Public Places, Future Spaces

Womens Design Service Publication date: 1994 Ranking: useful Document provides an account of a study day organised by the Womens Design Service looking at to what extent contemporary models of planning met the needs of women and what needed to change to

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Gender, Planning, Urban Design

Access for All Design Guide

Environment Agency Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful The Environment Agency’s own information on how to plan and deliver inclusive public access as part of their construction activities. It should be used by anyone planning to undertake physical works in the

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Posted in Accessible Information, Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Gender, Highways, Landscaping

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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NDA 4 – Older people’s use of unfamiliar space (OPUS)

New dynamics of ageing, (NDA) a cross council research programme published by University of Sheffield Judith Phillips et al, Swansea University Publication date: 2010 Ranking: useful Older people are increasingly experiencing environments that can be unfamiliar to them. The research

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Urban Design

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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Posted in Accommodation, Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Doors, Gender, Housing, Urban Design

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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By all reasonable means

Sensory Trust Publication date: 2005 Ranking: useful Natural England’s national guidance publication, written and designed by the Sensory Trust. Useful for anyone planning access improvements to public greenspace, it provides practical information on standards, techniques and examples of good practice.

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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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Street lighting

Womens Design Service Publication date: 1991 Ranking: useful Short note describing role of street lighting in safety of women in urban areas. How to view a copy Please contact the North Somerset Council Access Officer. How to obtain a copy in an alternative

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Gender

BT Countryside for All

Fieldfare Trust Publication date: first published 2001 and updated 2013 Ranking: useful Fieldfare, under the guidance of the National Advisory Group, which includes organisations representing people with disabilities, countryside service providers, national agencies and countryside user groups and users, researched

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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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Breedon gravel aggregates

Breedon Gravel Publication date: not applicable Ranking: useful Breedon Wayfarer is a gravel based material, graded 6mm to fines limestone material with self binding properties providing stability with great versatility. It is commonly used on any paths used by disabled

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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 sports facilities – CAD drawings to support design guidance

Sport England Publication date: 2010 Ranking: Useful These CAD drawings offer illustations of how the Sport England accessible sports facilities guidance could be implemented. (See separate posting, “Accessible Sports Facilities“). How to view a copy Follow this link to the

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Inclusive Play

Sensory Trust Publication date: 2008 Ranking: Useful A good practice guide to the design of play areas using the Sensory Trust’s Access Chain concept. Offers guidance on inclusive design ideas and involvement looking at every stage of the development process,

Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Landscaping, Play

North Somerset Street Cafe Licensing Guidelines

North Somerset Street Cafe Licensing Guidelines

North Somerset Council Publication date: 2011 Ranking: Essential The guidance has been produced by North Somerset Council setting out standards and application process for street cafes. Addresses issues for disabled people and in particular, needs of visually impaired people. The

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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 First published: 1963 Royal Institute of British Architects Ranking: Useful First authoritative guide on physical design for disabled people covering wide range of issues and subjects from external hard landscaping and urban design to internal details such a

Posted in Accommodation, Design Standards (Environment), Doors, Hearing Equipment, Highways, Historic Buildings & Landscapes, Housing, Schools, Signage, Urban Design