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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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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Planning, Project Management

Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I’DGO)

I’DGO project Publication date: various Ranking: useful This is a link to the valuable website resource funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a part of a project that was established in 2003. I’DGO has a longstanding record

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Health, Highways, Planning, Urban Design

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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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Race

Dementia: design and built environment

Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) Publication date: updated periodically Ranking: useful Follow this link to the Housing LIN website which offers a range of publications and events on housing design and older people with information available on dementia. Other housing and care topics

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Disability

Disabled women in London: housing, leisure and transport issues

London Women and Planning Forum (LWPF) Publication date: 1999 Ranking: useful This is a report of a seminar held to examine the wider physical access needs of women in their local community. How to view a copy The report was available

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Gender

Accessible thresholds in new buildings: guidance for house builders and designers

Department of Communities and Local Government Publication date: 1999 Ranking: useful The aim of the guide is to suggest solutions that will make the thresholds of dwellings more accessible to wheelchair users and people with limited mobility, whilst minimising the

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Posted in Building Regulations, Disability, Housing

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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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability

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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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment)

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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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability

Inclusive Project Management

Jointly published by Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee and former published by Commission on Architecture  and Built Environment Publication date: 2003 Ranking: useful A detailed practical guide on how to manage a project team in accordance with inclusive design principles, looking at how aims

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Posted in Private Sector, Project Management, Service Provision

Lifetime Homes and Part M 2004

Habinteg and Joseph Rowntree Foundation A comparison of each of the 16 Lifetime Homes Design Criteria with the relevant requirements of the Building Regulation Approved Document M (Part M) is listed under each Lifetime Home Criterion 1-16. This comparison will assist in the assessment of

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Posted in Housing

Inclusive Mobility 2005

Department of Transport Publication date: 2005 Ranking: essential A guide to best practice on access to pedestrian and transport infrastructure. How to view a copy Follow this link to download a copy. To obtain a copy in an alternative format

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Posted in Highways

Manual for Streets: evidence and research

Department of Transport Publication date: 2007 Ranking: useful This document provides the background research and evidence undertaken by TRL Ltd for the revised Manual for Streets document looking at the relationships between speed, geometry environment and casualities. How to view a copy

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Posted in Highways, Urban Design

Designing for Diversity – making design about the individual

North Somerset Council Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful This document provides the background to the aims and objectives of this web-based design resource. Feedback from users of buildings or transport often highlights instances of poor design. Rather than yet again repeating

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Posted in Auditing, Consultation, Project Management, Service Provision

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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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Historic Buildings & Landscapes

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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Posted in Accommodation, Design Standards (Buildings)

School building design guidance

Department for Education (DfE) Publication date: various 2012 Ranking: essential This a website listing all the Departments current guidance on school design. It includes: Updated information on Building Bulletin 82, ‘Area guidelines for schools’, which has been superseded by two

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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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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Urban Design

Lifetime Homes design guide

Habinteg/Joseph Rowntree Foundation Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful The concept of Lifetime Homes was developed in the early 1990s by a group of housing experts, including Habinteg Housing Association and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The group was formed because of

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Posted in Accommodation, Disability, Housing

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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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability

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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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Sports

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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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Disability, Sports

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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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Disability