Inclusive design can help all human beings experience the world around them in a fair and equal way by creating safe and accessible environments for all members of the community.
When it comes to the built environment, there is a difference between being ‘accessible’ versus being ‘inclusive’. Access can be made fairly easily in most cases, the emphasis typically being to provide step-free, level physical access.
Delivering genuine inclusive design requires more. It requires more thought, more engagement, more innovation and more desire to create the best design possible for all intended users. It’s about people. It considers that we are all different and will have differing needs and requirements throughout our lives. It considers a wide range of abilities, age groups and backgrounds. It reflects faith requirements of the local community, hidden disabilities such as autism and chronic pain and addresses the important issues likely to affect people with different sensory abilities. In doing so, it helps create better designs, more intuitive designs and usable designs that ultimately benefit all of us throughout our lives.
London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has developed a process to help deliver inclusive design across all its development projects and create inclusive places and neighbourhoods in this part of east London, as summarised below:
- Design Principal - Inclusive Design
- Inclusive Design Standards
- Built Environment Access Panel
- Disability Innovation
The Inclusive Design Standards bring together what LLDC consider the best of existing good practice guidance and consolidate this in a single benchmarking document to be used as a tool by design teams.