Friendly Design is working with the Royal Collection Trust to improve
access for all visitors to the Royal Palaces open to the public
– Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Clarence House, Frogmore
House and Holyrood Palace. This began with an audit of the visitor
experience, including a review of the ticketing and information
systems and an audit of the built environment. The practice continues
to offer advice on the Palaces, including recent improvements to
St George’s Chapel and the design of a Mew’s Café
at Holyrood Palace.
Mews Café, Holyrood Palace
People Friendly Design advised the Royal Collection’s design
team on how to integrate the needs of disabled people within their
new Mew’s café which is formed within a stable block
in the grounds of Holyrood Palace.
The Usher Hall
People Friendly Design is currently advising on phase 2 of the redevelopment
of the Usher Hall with LDN Architects. The practice previously worked
on the Conservation Plan for the Hall, to ensure the needs of disabled
people were given due consideration with the other demands on the
Other project experience within the practice includes the following:
– an Access Audit of the public realm and common areas within
the Inn to assist the organisation in establishing an access improvement
Epping Forest Access Plan – working with
Touchstone Heritage Management Consultants to produce the Epping
Forest Access Plan. This Plan considers how access to the historic
landscape and structures within the Forest can be improved for
everyone’s benefit while retaining the unique character
of the environment.
Urqhuart Castle & Visitor Centre –
an Access Audit of the Urquahart Castle site to assist Historic
Scotland to strike a balance between improving access to the historically
significant site and respecting the fabric and setting. Advising
LDN architects’ on the design of the visitor centre and
the audio visual display within the centre.
The Queens Gallery – working with Benjamin
Tindall Architects to integrate the needs of disabled people into
the design of a gallery to house the Queen’s works of art
at Holyrood Palace.
- advising on a feasibility study to install a passenger lift
within the Signet Library.
The Hub – working with Benjamin Tindall
Architects to assist with integrating the needs of disabled people
within The Hub - a venue, café and the offices of the Edinburgh
The Assembly Rooms
– an Access Audit of The Assembly Rooms forming part of
the baseline study for LDN Architects Conservation Plan for the
building. This ensured that disabled people’s needs were
given due consideration within the Plan.
The Lighthouse – The Lighthouse is a centre
for architecture and design, and the flagship of Glasgow City
of Architecture 1999. Assisting Page & Park Architects on
the redevelopment of the derelict Rennie Mackintosh building to
create a centre which is accessible to all. A key feature of the
design is the new pod building which houses the vertical circulation
and toilets which were both key deficiencies within the historic