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Renovation of St George's Hall Bristol

St Georges Hall Bristol

St George's is one of the country's leading concert halls, with superb acoustics and a unique atmosphere which attracts the world's best artists. The 'Building a Sound Future' renovation project aims to secure St George's future as a world class performance venue.

Access Design Solutions have been engaged to advise the design team on access issues and inclusive design. Accessibility to St George's is currently difficult and one of the key aims of the project is to improve access, while respecting the historic and architectural significance of this grade 2* listed building.

We are consulting interested people and groups in the local area. If you would like to be involved please contact us.


Way to Go – Planning for Inclusive Access

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Disability Wales commissioned Access Design Solutions and Andrew Lewis Consultancy to develop a Good Practice Toolkit for Planners. The toolkit was the final stage of the Way to Go Project launched by Disability Wales in 2010 with grant funding from the Welsh Government Advancing Equality Fund. The Project aimed to equip disability and access organisations and planning officers alike with the practical tools to work together to ensure a fully inclusive built environment in Wales. Previous stages included consultation and a modular programme of training courses for access groups and planners.

The Toolkit brings together the issues and lessons from the training programme and provides an online resource for planners to enable them to plan for inclusive access and to engage effectively with access and disability groups.

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Guidance: Homes for People with Sight Loss and Dementia

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RNIB Cymru commissioned Access Design Solutions to edit and prepare design guidance which sets out the key principles that can be incorporated when designing and refurbishing housing, including care homes and extra care facilities, that can help promote the safety and independence of people with dementia and sight loss.

The guidance is based on research carried out by RNIB Cymru, supported by The Alzheimer’s Society, housing providers Linc-Cymru and Hafod Care, and a network of specialists in the fields of dementia and housing. Consultation with individuals with dementia and sight loss, and their families, was a vital part of this research.

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Transport Inquiry: Access for Disabled People

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Carol Thomas of Access Design Solutions was appointed Specialist Advisor to Parliament's Transport Committee Inquiry on 'access to transport for people with disabilities'.

The evidence sessions heard from disabled people and disability organisations, transport operators, professional and trade bodies, and central and local government.

The Inquiry Report can be downloaded from The Government's response is also available to download from


Research: Models of Accommodation for Older People across Europe

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The European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation appointed Access Design Solutions to carry out research in order to inform future European Standards relating to supported housing for older people. The research project ran from April to November 2013.

The purpose of the Report is the provision of an Information Record of models of specialist accommodation and care for older people, and related standards, in use across the countries of the European Union, the acceding and candidate countries, and the European Free Trade Association countries: Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein (in total 38 countries). This will be used by ANEC to inform future work on standardisation in relation to accommodation and care for older people.

Active Travel (Wales) Act Guidance

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The Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 is considered landmark Welsh law to make it easier for people to walk and cycle in Wales.

Access Design Solutions is part of a consortium commissioned by the Welsh Government to prepare the design guidance to implement the Act. We were pleased to be recommended by the disability representatives on the steering group to provide specialist input on the mobility requirements of disabled and older people.

Information on the Active Travel (Wales) Act is available at


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Braille Audit signage toolThis audit tool enables you to specify and check Braille on signs, and understand practical Braille considerations.
For information and to order a copy see the description on our Vision Impairment Specialism page.

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