CAE can support your organisation to develop a bespoke set of inclusive design standards (IDS) and guidance for a more consistent approach across your building estate whether you are in UK or have multiple global sites.
Why have your own inclusive design guidance?
IDS support an organisation to become more ‘disability confident’ removing barriers to the built environment to enable a more diverse workforce and visitors.
By having a bespoke IDS it will become the ‘go -to’ reference for your organisation with inclusive design principles to be applied at the brief stage of every project and expanded as a project develops to encompass planning, design, management and maintenance requirements to ensure that they demonstrate an inclusive approach from the outset.
They can reference guidance for existing buildings to shape any maintenance or refurbishment works include removing barriers to the accessibility of buildings. Our recommendation will be to involve feedback from your employee networks or user groups to support a collaborative approach to the IDS.
CAE design guidance will be more than just a statement of compliance to local Building Regulations but will go beyond to British, EU or international best practice standards and CAE and other design and access publications, including Designing for Accessibility and the Sign Design Guide.
Who should use the guidance?
Inclusive Design Standard is aimed at everyone engaged in the delivery of projects, including key D & I leads , facilities or estates leads, designers, architects, project managers, engineers, access consultants, cost consultants and anyone else contributing to the design or management of the facilities.
Considering inclusive design principles from the outset will ensure that all potential user needs can be incorporated into designs with minimal or no extra cost, whereas retrospective adjustments can be disruptive and costly.
Inclusive design principles enable you to meet most potential user needs without special intervention and will demonstrate the commitment to the promotion of equality, wider participation and retention of disabled students and staff.