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Direction on creating inclusive environments has been launched

by Paul Addison on March 21, 2017 No comments

A guide with the aim of creating an accessible and inclusive built environment has been broadcasted by the Construction Industry Council (CIC).

The Essential Principles Guide includes six measures to support, guide and motivate built environment professionals whilst making decisions for clients, employers and the society that affect the success of an inclusive environment.

The CIC have said the guide will;

  • help people to meet their professional duties,
  • to achieve inclusion,
  • Guarantee that this is joined into the action of professionals.

In the guide, it is mentioned that an inclusive environment will identify and adjust to the variations in the way people use the built environment, saying the bellow:

“It facilitates dignified, equal and intuitive use by everyone. It does not physically or socially separate, discriminate or isolate. It readily accommodates and welcomes diverse user needs – from childhood to adulthood through to old age, across all abilities and disabilities and embracing every background, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and culture.”

The six principles included in the guide are:

  1. Contribute to building an inclusive society now and in the future.”

Included in this is, gaining as much knowledge of best practice technical access standards and legislation, as well as gaining an understanding of how disabled people older people and families with small children experience and use all aspects of the built environment.

  1. “Apply professional and responsible judgement and take a leadership role.”

This includes ensuring that any information is always up to date, and being prepared to influence the decision-maker or client.

  1. “Apply and integrate the principles of inclusive design from the outset of a project.”

  1. “Do more than just comply with legislation and codes.”

This includes driving future legislation, codes and technical standards.  

  1. “Seek multiple views to solve accessibility and inclusivity challenges.” 

  1. Acquire the skills, knowledge, understanding and confidence to make inclusion the norm, not the exception.”

The guide emerged from a government project being taken forward by the CIC and into the industry, the Built Environment Professional Education Project (BEPE).

CIC have said the aim of the guide is to build on the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games through helping to engender a transformation in how inclusive design skills are taught in the UK.

“Mandatory, quality teaching” about inclusive design with the aim of helping create inclusive buildings, places and spaces for forthcoming generations, is what the CIC have said they eventually want all built environment professionals to receive.

The chair of the BEPE Project board, Paul Morrell, said the following:

“As we contemplate the many possible futures of the industry, a good question to ask is, what would an industry that we can be proud of look like? How would it behave? And what regard would it have for those it works for, and those who work for it? Just one answer to that question is that it would always have in its mind the whole idea of accessibility, of welcoming the greatest possible number of people, in all the many guises we come in, into our buildings and our businesses, and designing into both whatever accommodations may be necessary to make them feel at home.”

Morrell said that firstly you need to care, then know what to do, and to then just do it.

“These are challenges of attitude, academics and action, and rising to all of those challenges would be to achieve real build-ability.”

The chief executive at the RTPI, Trudi Elliott, said:

“As members of the CIC, the RTPI is very proud to support these principles. From the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence; the launch last year of our RTPI Trust Bursary Scheme to help the widest range of entrants to take professional planning qualifications; to the recent publication of our paper on town planning and dementia – we are doing what we can to encourage a more inclusive planning profession which actively creates and promotes accessible and inclusive places”.

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