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CABE Space Streets Inclusion Review

Inclusive access review of key public space and streets

The challenge

In 2007, CABE promoted 10 case studies as examples of well functioning, inspiring streets, two of which were The Quay, Bideford, Devon and Market Square Devizes (as described in the detailed case studies on the CABE website at www.cabe.org.uk/streets). The publication was subsequently called in to question at review since, whilst in the original report, the case studies were deemed to be good practise, reviewers judged aspects of the finished schemes to be of questionable value, in terms inclusion and accessibility.

What we did

Acting on these comments, CABE appointed Westley Design to revisit the case studies. The intention was for Stakeholders from the disability and public space professional communities, to be given the opportunity to re-evaluate the design and management of the space, and to determine how it performs in terms of inclusive design and management. This information gained was to be used to update the CABE publication concerned, and to give a more accurate overview of the project. It was intended that the workshop would also enable its stakeholder community to reflect and to identify where future improvements may be made to the Quay’s inclusive performance. We ran a workshop process, including a tour of the site and facilitated discussion in an accessible venue adjacent to the site. This process was subsequently documented by Westley Design.

The result

The feedback at workshops and the reflective commentary of participants suggested that all stakeholder groups welcomed the opportunity to undertake the reflective assessment. Participants reflected that both the standards of inclusive access legislation and the level of inclusive design expertise had both increased since the schemes were built. There was evident determination amongst management groups present to retrofit and update the street environment according to the new standards.

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