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Briefing for accessibility in design

Ormerod, M and Newton, RA 2005, 'Briefing for accessibility in design' , Facilities, 23 (7/8) , pp. 285-294.

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Abstract

Purpose ? The aim of this paper is to report on a study that was undertaken into the practice and process of briefing within the UK. The purpose of the study was to assess the nature and extent to which accessible environments for new public buildings are considered at the briefing stage of the design process. Design/methodology/approach ? A questionnaire was distributed to 2,017 design practices in the UK, resulting in a usable response rate of 961 questionnaires. Findings ? The analysis of the questionnaires showed that, while designers are keen to ensure that buildings and their environments facilitate social inclusion, there are significant barriers to achieving this, particularly due to a lack of understanding of disability and how a person with a disability interacts with a building, and how the regulations and legislation can support this interaction rather than just providing minimum standards. Practical implications ? The implications of the research are that designers and clients are procuring buildings that are not fully inclusive, thereby excluding people from fully participating in the activities that are undertaken in that building. Originality/value ? The paper provides an insight into the relationship between designers and users by demonstrating that, while designers are keen to ensure that buildings and their environments facilitate social inclusion, there are significant barriers to achieving this.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Facilities
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 02632772
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2007 12:04
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:48
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/512

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