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Neighbourhoods for life Checklist

Housing Corporation Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful   This checklist gives a range of design recommendations to help housing associations improve the quality of life of older people with dementia in the outdoor environment. How to view a copy To

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Housing, Landscaping, Planning, Urban Design

State of Access Report 2014

Attitude Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful This report gives you an idea of what access is like to music venues for deaf and disabled people. Have a look as well at their case studies on the Case Studies Index page 

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Posted in Arts, Disability, Events & Meetings, Hearing Equipment

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

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

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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Posted in Building Regulations, Design Standards (Buildings), Disability, Service Provision

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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Posted in Arts, Design Standards (Buildings), Private Sector, 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

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

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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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Disability, Service Provision

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

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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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Disability

Guidance on the use of Tactile Paving Surfaces

Department of Transport Publication date: 2007 Ranking: essential Guidance on the use and layout of tactile paving in pedestrian environments. How to view a copy Follow this link to the central government website to download a copy To obtain a copy

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Posted in Highways, Landscaping

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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Posted in Building Regulations, Design Standards (Buildings), Disability

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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Equal access to electoral procedures – good practice guidance

Electoral Commission Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful This good practice guidance was produced as part of the Commission’s review of equal access to electoral procedures. The full report and recommendations in relation to the legal framework were published in “Equal access

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Posted in Elections

Blue Badge Scheme – rights and responsibilities in England

Department of Transport Publication date: Updated May 2012 Ranking: essential This booklet explains the key repsponsibilities and rights for the use of the Blue Badge and importantly who it may be used by. More detailed information about the scheme is

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Posted in Disability, Highways

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

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

Manual for Streets

Department of Transport Publication date: 2007 and 2010 Ranking: essential Guidance for practitioners involved in the planning, provision and approval of new residential streets and modifications to existing ones. Its companion publication “Manual for Streets 2” addresses the wider urban area.

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Posted in Disability, Highways, Religion & Belief

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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Posted in Accessible Information, Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Signage

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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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Landscaping

At your service – business case for accessible hotels and guest houses

Visit England Publication date: 2009 Ranking: useful Sets out case for businesses to become more accessible, highlighting size of the market and its value, benefits of having a business that appeals to the greatest range of people and which meets the

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Posted in Accommodation, Disability, Private Sector

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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Posted in Accessible Information, Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Signage

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

2012 Olympics Legacy for accessible businesses

Office of Disability Issues (ODI) 2012 Legacy for disabled people: Inclusive and accessible business Publication date: August 2010 Ranking: useful The report describes the compelling case for small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to focus on disabled people as customers,

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Posted in Disability, Private Sector, Service Provision

BT Countryside for All

Fieldfare Trust Publication date: first published 2001 and updated 2013 Ranking: essential The Fieldfare Trust, working with organisations representing people with disabilities, countryside service providers, national agencies and countryside user groups, researched and developed Physical Accessibility Standards that meet the needs

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

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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Posted in Accommodation, Building Regulations, Consultation, Design Standards (Buildings), Disability, Hearing Equipment, Schools

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

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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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Disability, Events & Meetings, Sports

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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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

Access prohibited!

John Gill, Tiresias Access prohibited: Information for public terminal designers Publication date: 2000 Ranking: useful This publication explains the range of disabilities that make access difficult and provides information on how public access terminals can be designed to be as

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Posted in Accessible Information, Disability, Self Service Terminals

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

Widening the Eye of the Needle (3rd Edition)

Church House Publishing Publication date: 2001 Ranking: Useful By law, all buildings today, including churches, must be accessible and useable by people with disabilities. This definitive, must-have guide has been completely revised and updated to include recent legislation. It helps

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Code of practice for audio-frequency induction-loop systems (AFILS)

British Standards Institution Publication date: 2010 Ranking: Essential Recommends design, planning, installation, testing, operation and maintenance for audio frequency induction loop systems (AFILS) where the signals are communicated to users of hearing aids equipped with magnetic pick-up coils. Click here

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Posted in Hearing Equipment

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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Posted in Building Regulations, Design Standards (Buildings), Disability, Housing, Lifts, Planning