Accessible design specialists the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) is celebrating being on the award winning team responsible for the new Borough Viaduct project in south London.
CAE provided access consultancy to architects Jestico + Whiles as part of the £52million Network Rail Thameslink programme to widen the railway at London Bridge. The project was selected by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) from a shortlist of 64 projects in London including iconic buildings like the Shard and Tate Britain.
The development work affected 20 local buildings including some listed buildings, requiring remodelling, reconstruction and adaptation. CAE used their experience of major construction projects to ensure access for disabled and older people is maintained and improved. In addition, CAE gave specialist access advice on all new buildings developed.
Construction on this historic site successfully blends old and new. The viaduct passes over Borough Market and overlooks Southwark Cathedral. CAE gave recommendations over the projects five year life span to improve access without losing London’s heritage. The conservation area has retained important cultural features like the Victorian market place while modern rail infrastructure will cut delays and increase capacity.
Helen Carter, Interim Director of the Centre for Accessible Environments said:
“We’re delighted to be part of such a strong team effort in winning a RIBA London Award 2014. The plans and professionalism of Jestico + Whiles were of the highest standard and working with them to ensure accessibility played a key role in ensuring that this project makes design sense.
“Our consultants work on a variety of different projects across the country, delivering accessible solutions that benefit everyone. Making our built environment accessible and removing barriers that exclude people is fundamental to our work. It is really pleasing that this project has been recognised by RIBA in their 2014 awards.”
Project architects Jestico + Whiles said:
“We are very proud to have been a key part of the Borough Viaduct project team and for the project to be recognised with a RIBA Regional Award. The project brings significant urban regeneration and improvements to the public realm.
“We would like to thank CAE for their excellent work and clear advice. Their expertise and insight was essential in making the project accessible for all. Our strong commitment to inclusive design is supported by working with the CAE on this award winning project.”
Regional award winners will be put forward for the RIBA National Awards with the winners announced in June 2014.
The Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) has been the leading UK authority on inclusive design and access to the built environment for disabled and older people for over 40 years. CAE is a registered charity and provides a range of resources, information, publications, training, access consultancy and auditing services. www.cae.org.uk