Inclusive Design Strategy

As part of the recent UCL 2034 strategy, UCL committed to the creation of ‘an accessible, publicly engaged organisation that fosters a lifelong community’ - open and accessible to all.

This Strategy sets out UCL Estates’ approach to inclusive design and its commitment to take all reasonable and practicable steps to ensure the environment at UCL is both inclusive and accessible. It provides guidance to UCL’s staff, consultants and contractors on the inclusive design goals which UCL Estates seeks to achieve across its estate, whilst at the same time influencing education within the built environment.

Strategic Principles

The strategic principles of our inclusive environment are that:

  • Buildings and spaces should be easily used by as many people as possible without undue effort, special treatment or separation.
  • The estate should be able to offer people the freedom to choose how they access and participate equally in all of the College’s activities.
  • The estate should value and support diversity and difference.
  • The estate should offer a high quality environment that is safe to use and ensures safe egress even in an emergency.

These principles apply to all UCL buildings, spaces and services – existing, refurbished and new build - and reflect UCL’s commitment to access and inclusion. All estates work will be expected to achieve compliance with Approved Document M and with BS8300. Inclusive Design standards will be drawn up to reflect UCL's expectation in each area where these go beyond those requirements.

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Last updated: Thursday, March 12, 2020