Accessible housing - what makes good practice?
This session will take a fresh look at why accessibility is such an important issue and the key role that designers play in ensuring that new homes are fit for purpose, now and over the long term.
Straddling health and housing, aging and disability, mainstream and specialised housing, planning and Building Regulations, accessibility is sometimes caught in the middle, this seminar will find out what architects think about these questions and more:
- is the strategic thinking as joined up as it might be?
- do designers and developers understand what is expected of them?
- are standards asking for too much?
- have 'hearts and minds' been 'won over', or is there still a degree of resistance?
- are the built results good enough or, like energy performance, is the intention somewhat better than the reality?
This session will aim to achieve the following objectives:
- raise awareness of the demographic need for new housing to respond to an ageing population
- explain why we must design for a range of different needs
- understand the relationship between space and accessibility
- provide a clear interpretation of current accessibility standards (focusing on Lifetime Homes and the Habinteg Wheelchair Housing Design Guide), explain their origin, objectives and likely future development
- share examples of good design and innovation as well as tried and tested solutions
- pass on tips for compliance.
Speaker: Julia Park BSc BArch, Head of Housing Research, Levitt Bernstein