The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has announced that the Olympic Park, venues and infrastructure for the London 2012 Games will be the most inclusive and accessible to date.
The ODA has published its Inclusive Design Strategy which sets out the framework for how the Olympic Park will be designed and constructed to be inclusive for people of all cultures, faiths and ages, and accessible to disabled people.
Inclusive design principles have been embedded into the ODA’s procurement, design and construction processes. Practical examples of how the Park will become the most accessible and inclusive in London include:
*wider pathways with smooth surfaces and seating and resting places at regular intervals
*setting a new UK benchmark for wheelchair spaces and amenity seating
*gentle gradients giving all users greater freedom of movement
*clear and easily understood signage
*excellent provision of baby changing facilities and buggy stores
*a range of accessible toilet facilities
*washing facilities to accompany faith rooms
The same exemplary accessibility standards will be applied across the three modes – Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and through into legacy – to ensure that everyone finds the Park welcoming and easy to use.
ODA Chairman John Armitt said: “When the eyes of the world turn to London in 2012, we want everyone to feel part of this unique opportunity to showcase the UK.
“The Olympic Park will be at the heart of the celebrations and people of all cultures, faiths and ages and disabled people will find London 2012’s Olympic Park welcoming and easy to use.
“Inclusive and accessible design principles have been at the heart of our planning from the start. A site-wide approach across all buildings, open spaces, parklands, infrastructure and public transport means that we will be able to go further than any previous Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson says: “On my recent visits to Beijing, I saw first hand what worked well and the lessons we can learn for London 2012. It is clear that accessibility must continue to be at the core of our work both for the Games and so that future generations of disabled athletes and spectators can enjoy sport in accessible facilities in the Olympic Park.
“I welcome the ODA’s commitment to inclusive design and whilst I’m determined to provide taxpayer value from the 2012 budget, that commitment will not be compromised and remains a top priority for me as we prepare London to host the 2012 Games.”