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London Bridge Station
LIFTEX 2016 - lifts and the accessibility challenge by David Bonnett
RIBA Roundhouse Inclusive Design

This film is intended to be a highly useful tool for student and practicing architects/designers, planners, clients and others involved in the built environment. The role and relationship of the architects, the client, the user advisors, access consultants, and other members of the design team are examined in the film. The film provides viewers with differing practical examples of inclusive design. The film features 1.The Roundhouse in London, a Grade 2 Listed building, refurbished as a public Arts venue.


How do we reconcile a Grade 2 Listed Arts Venue into an accessible venue for wheelchair users, and maintain a highly fashionable and tempting place for young people?

V&A Without Walls - David Bonnett talks about Inclusive Design

David Bonnett is an architect whose work features in our exhibition in partnership with the V&A Without Walls: Disability and Innovation in Building Design. He is also disabled himself and so brings personal experience to the creation of inclusive design.


He describes his personal and professional journey to embracing inclusive design, and describes some of the projects he has worked on, including the Olympic Village and Ironmonger Row Baths. These describe how it's possible to get a building that works for everyone, whether it is a new build, or the restoration of a space that has already existed for a century or two.

USparks – Dr David Bonnett discussing disability and architectural design. 

Part of the uSpark shorts campaign. uSpark Shorts is just one of the exciting opportunities offered by the uScreen programme, which focuses on increasing accessibility to filmmaking through the promotion of free online filmmaking tools for young people. uScreen has been set up and is run by Screen South.

LIFTEX 2016 - lifts and the accessibility challenge by David Bonnett

David provided a historical perspective, considering the impact of improvements in accessible provision since the war.  The concept of inclusive design was not a consideration initially, the drive for improvements coming from the determination to address specific needs at a time when the UK was developing its social agenda by introducing a range of post war advances including the NHS and comprehensive planning legislation.   David provided an invaluable summary of changing attitudes and demographics over the last half century.  These have culminated in an approach that ensures that the majority of new developments, from Crossrail to the 2012 Olympic Park, provide fully inclusive facilities.


David concluded by reminding the seminar that vertical circulation is only one element of the ‘journey’ and should not be considered in isolation.  Furthermore, where possible it is advisable to avoid mechanical aids for small differences in level.  David noted that lift technology has and is developing but How can lifts in the 21st century be better suited to their purpose? 

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