Inclusive design in practice

We use inclusive design to provide access to public spaces for the widest range of people, regardless of age, disability and circumstance. If people can't get to or around a place comfortably they won't be able to use it, or they won't want to. Our inclusive design work includes making improvements to a site's infrastructure (paths, routes etc), its features (toilets, seats etc) and the accessibility of information and communications (visitor information, signage, maps etc).

We support building design through the use of our Social Sustainability Toolkit and working with our wider network of Associates. We work as part of design teams, advise on inclusive design aspects, contribute to Stage C and Stage D reports and integrate an inclusive approach in all stages of planning, design and build.

We have been working with visitor destinations, green spaces, local parks and heritage destinations for over twenty years to improve access through design.

Older visitors enjoying flower gardens at the Eden Project

Enhancing accessibility of the Eden Project

Measuring the gradient of a ramp

Sensory Trust Access Audits

Diagram showing relationship between design and need

What is inclusive design?

Visitors walking through a wood

Access to nature

Sensory Trust's Access Chain

Sensory Trust's Access Chain

Boy enjoys meeting a dinosaur at the Eden Project

Relaxed sessions - autism friendly events

Interior design of Eden Project's education building

Inclusive building design

Interpretation panels on route to Eden Project entrance

Accessible information

Live music at the Eden Project

Access to live music