Access and inclusive design consultancy

 

“Expectations and standards for access vary depending on where a building is proposed, but what matters most is the independence, comfort and convenience of people who will use the development once it is complete.”

All images are by Rachael Marshall unless otherwise stated.

 

Inclusive design

Expert knowledge of the access standards, regulations and guidance, and their application will help your design team to achieve the best possible level of inclusive design for your project.

I firmly believe that good architecture has to be inclusive. The combination of architectural education (to Professional Diploma level, RIBA Part II) and more than ten years' experience of access consultancy results in a balanced and pragmatic approach to working with design teams.

Creating a development that supports its occupants is only part of the recipe for inclusion: the people responsible for operating a building in use have responsibilities laid down in law by the Equality Act. A good access strategy includes guidance for the ongoing maintenance and management of the access provisions designed into it, which often includes staff training and awareness.
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Detail of handrail at Shakespeare's Globe, London. © Rachael Marshall, 2014.

Detail of handrail at Shakespeare's Globe, London.
© Rachael Marshall, 2014.