David Bonnett Associates believes that the concept of ‘Inclusive Design’ is an essential component in the creation of good architecture. Furthermore, Inclusive Design should achieve its purpose unobtrusively without proclaiming itself as specifically designed for disabled people.
Achieving good accessibility requires a team approach, involving building designers, operational managers and users. We provide balanced responses to potentially competing duties and obligations; in particular where conservation, security, and safety issues are concerned.
An accessible environment is a legal requirement as well as a social expectation. In the belief that access is a measurable aspect of design we have developed an audit method to measure accessibility against both regulatory and best practice standards.
We regularly review our assessment criteria to meet rising expectations. We do this in a pragmatic manner, ensuring that neither architectural nor heritage expectations are forfeited in the process. By designing inclusively, we create places that are user friendly, of high quality and have a durable and positive impact on the wider community as well as on the environment.
"Inclusive Design is about
making places everyone can use.
The way places are designed affects our ability to move, see, hear and communicate effectively. Inclusive Design aims to remove the barriers that create undue effort and separation. It enables everyone to participate equally, confidently and independently in everyday activities. An inclusive approach to design offers new insights into the way we interact with the built environment. It creates new opportunities to deploy creative and problem-solving skills."
CABE , Commision for Architecture and the Built Environment, 2006