UCL is committed to improving the accessibility of its estate, thereby providing an environment which supports equal access and inclusion to UCL and its wider community.
Our estate presents many access challenges such as small spaces, narrow doorways, lack of accessible toilets and stepped access between levels, at entrances, exits and thresholds. The issues don’t end there.
Modern inclusive design thinking is best applied from the initial design stage in new buildings. Retrofitting buildings is more challenging, especially in listed buildings. So how can we address this within the UCL estate?
Accessibility improvement commitments
UCL Estates is working to improve access and inclusion across our estate. Our programme of work includes:
- Improved information on the accessibility of UCL buildings. Access guides for all our buildings, including newly opened Transforming UCL buildings, have been produced by AccessAble (formerly known as DisabledGo).
- Identifying opportunities for improvement. UCL has instructed the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) to undertake detailed audits on its buildings in order to identify opportunities to improve access. The audits will initially focus on those areas of the estate with the highest levels of use. e.g. libraries, student residences, central teaching spaces, events spaces and areas frequently reported as inaccessible.
- Inclusive Design Standard to help deliver high standards of accessible and inclusive design within the capital programme.
- Ongoing programme of maintenance. Working with the maintenance teams to ensure that accessibility is maintained through an ongoing programme of maintenance.
- Training UCL Estates staff to make a significant contribution to the ongoing accessibility of the estate through their day-to-day activities.