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Buildings of the recent past and today

As a result of the Disability Discrimination Acts and Part M of the Building Regulations, modern buildings are generally far more accessible than those built even just a couple of decades ago.

Approaches to accessibility and inclusive design are now moving on from being perceived as simply issues that have to be observed to conform to various laws and guidelines. Increasing interaction between architects and disability groups at the design stage has advanced the understanding of what good inclusive design can deliver. The insights that such groups provide are relevant to many different types of people, including pushchair-pushers and the elderly.

The best inclusive design features in new buildings, renovations or public settings establish new benchmarks for others to strive to surpass.

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City Hall

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20 Gracechurch Street

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Plantation Place

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Tower 42

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Minster Court

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The Willis Building

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30 St Mary Axe

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1 America Square

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The image below is a compressed version of an original lower-ground-level drawing for City Hall, London. See case studies. Permission to use the image was generously facilitated by the architect, Foster + Partners

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