Inclusive Design in the Built Environment

Who do we design for?

Building on the commitments set out by the Welsh Government in the Framework for Action on Independent Living, and in the context of recent changes to Design and Access Statement (DAS) requirements, a Wales- wide training programme was delivered to provide those working in the built environment with a clear understanding of the principles of inclusive design.

The training was coordinated by the Design Commission for Wales, RSAW, RTPI Cymru and Constructing Excellence Wales on behalf of the Welsh Government.  The training was led by Sandra Manley, a visiting research fellow at UWE whose research and teaching has focused on the importance of designing to ensure disabled, elderly and young people are able to participate fully in mainstream community life.

This page provides links to resources relating to the training programme as a permanent reference point for anyone interested in the subject.

Training Handbook

A comprehensive handbook was produced to accompany the training and can be downloaded via the link on the left-hand side of this page.

Good and Bad Practice Examples

The following links are to on-line Pinterest boards providing good and bad examples of inclusive design.  This library of images will be added to over time to provide a useful reference.  If you have any images that could be added to the boards please send them to with a short description of where it is and what is good or bad about it.

Good practice

Bad practice

Training Videos

One of the training sessions was filmed and can be watched below.  The morning-long session has been divided into smaller sections so that you can navigate to particular topics.