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Access For All Design Guide - Environment Agency 2012
Produced by the Environment Agency, this Access for All Design Guide provides information on the provision of reasonable access.

Guidance on the Use of Tactile Paving Surfaces Dec 2021

This document is a guide to best practice on the use of tactile paving surfaces.It supersedes the Guidance on the Use of Tactile Paving Surfaces published by the Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions in 1998. It does not alter the principles set out in the original guidance document which explained the background and how it was developed.

This update includes responses to some recommendations of research carried out as a commitment in the Department for Transport’s Inclusive Transport Strategy of 2018, and following engagement with disabled people, representative groups, and with practitioners. The research report is also available on the website of the Department for Transport.

Table Top Bed/Planter Design Sheet - Trellis


Bowline Path at Bowling Harbour

Creating Inclusive Environments (Sensory Trust)
For those interested or involved in making environments more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Creating Inclusive Environments provides ideas, information and examples of good practice.

Design Guidance (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors)
Practical design guidance toolkits – 'The Design of Streets with Older People in Mind' and 'Lifelong Access to Parks and Public Open Spaces' – with design findings and recommendations for policy makers, planners, designers, architects, service providers. These toolkits complement wider UK policy and guidance, including the Manual for Streets (2007), Manual for Streets 2: Wider Application of the Principles (2010) and Designing Streets (2010).

Guidance on the Use of Tactile Paving Surfaces (Department of Transport)
Tactile paving surfaces can be used to convey important information to visually impaired pedestrians about their environment, for example, hazard warning, directional guidance, or the presence of an amenity. This guidance provides detail about the use of a number of different types of tactile surface to give warning of potential hazards and for amenity purposes.

National Path Demonstration Site (Paths for All)

The National Path Demonstration Site showcases best practice in inclusive design, infrastructure and the management of shared use paths.

This unique site, located at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) Oatridge Campus, is made up of several paths constructed using a range of different materials and construction techniques. The site aims to help path projects decide on the best materials and techniques to use for their own unique project. As well as different types of path surface, you'll also find lots of different types of gates, barriers, bridges and signs at the site to look at and try out.

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