How the site works

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It provides physical access design guidance for all equality groups, not just disability.

Our aim
We want to offer all designers a range of advice and guidance to help you meet the needs of people’ diverse needs in using buildings, transport or open spaces.

How it works
We’ve uploaded any equality design guidance regardless of its age so long as at the time of its publication it contributed to accessibility. No ranking is given to one source over another except to say if its legislation or nationally approved standards we’ve highlighted it as “Essential”. Everything else is marked “Useful.”

Download our design guide to help you
Our North Somerset Design Guide entitled IgnoreFailReadSucceed 2020 describes how the our approach fits in with designing for diverse needs. It stresses the importance of diversity in design and the need to consult building or space users to inform a design. The alternative way of basic compliance ignores the actual needs of the very people many areas of guidance are focused on trying to support.

So what sort of guidance will you find?

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  • legislation, eg Equality Act 2010
  • nationally agreed standards, eg British Standards, European Directives
  • advice from national groups , eg Royal National Institute for the Blind or
  • published academic research
  • local users with experience of specific impairments or circumstances


Site is supported by North Somerset Council Equalities Team

Please contact us if you have access queries on projects or for people who work or live in North Somerset.

Telephone: 01934 888 888


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