HACKNEY CREATIVES, the borough’s reputation for innovation is at stake. One, or several, of you is here requested to come up with a design to improve hotel facilities for disabled people, to make visits more pleasant. Or should that be “not awful”?
You don’t have to be a designer, let alone an architect because the contest is open to everybody, so long as they can spare the £35 and VAT registration fee.
House of Lords members came up with the idea of the awards. The need is certainly great: disabled people say hotel facilities are often “joyless, poorly designed and over-medicalised”.
One of the judges, Paralympic gold medallist Tanni Grey-Thompson, Baroness Grey-Thompson, of Eaglescliffe, adds: “As I have travelled the world, I have had experience of how poor design standards in some hotels can affect how you feel.
“Let the imagination run free,” she says,and come up with “inclusive” ideas that could help not just disabled people but every guest.
The awards were launched at the House of Lords by the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) and the contest sponsor, Bespoke Hotels, which describes itself as the UK’s largest independent hotelier and whose chairman, Robin Sheppard, spoke at the launch about his disability.
A big company improving facilities for disabled people. A good change.
David Altheer 200416
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