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Inclusion is design well above minimum standards


inaugural NSW access awards presentation

The Faculty of the Built Environment hosted this inaugural event yesterday. The event was an initiative of the Access Consultants Association of Australia (ACAA), the peak national body for access consultancy in Australia and a major partner in advancing equity of built environmental accessibility for people with a disability and the awards were funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services as accessibility to the built environment affects a large number of people within society in their day-to-day normal life, concerning their safety and physical, mental and social well-being. 

What was fantastic about this event was the quality of the entries and the amazing ability of the design teams to go well beyond a one size fits all approach or minimum compliance with standards.

The winners were: 

Category 1- Residential Building

Project: Belle Apartments

Access Consultant  Aja Goddard - BCA Access Solutions Pty Ltd

Architect  MSM & Associates Pty Ltd

Builder  Base Build Pty Ltd

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Category 2- Non-Residential Building  

Project: Action Stations, Australian National Maritime Museum

Access Consultant  Mark Relf- Accessibility Solutions

Architect  Francis-Jones Morehen and Thorp (FJMT)

Builder  Stephen Edwards Constructions

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Attached Photo 2- From left- John Bailey (FACS HR Director) and Mark Relf


Category 3- Outdoor Public Domain Space

Project: Wet'n'Wild Sydney

Access Consultants  Howard Moutrie-Accessible Building Solutions and Farah Madon- Vista Access Architects

Architect  The Buchan Group, Sydney

Builder  Lipman

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I am hoping this becomes a regular annual event that recognises and rewards design innovation that demonstrates inclusive processes, sensitivity to context and aesthetics and enables the joyful and welcomed participation of all Australians.

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