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Architects call for compulsory space standards to aid accessibility


Space standards in the UK are an absolute joke, and have been since well before Parker Morris, Essex Design Guide and whatever else we had. Look around the world, no-one lives in such wretched hovels as we do, and I am including new-build in this as well. Architects have been way too lax in pushing for better space standards within the Building Regulations. The fact that most homes cannot swing a cat or a wheelchair is shameful. The number of projects I have seen where a little wheelchair circle is drawn, a couple of activity spaces drawn around a wardrobe or chest of drawers, the little spaces at whb and wc. and that's it. No other spare carpet anywhere. Shame on us. We talk of grand spaces, of light and mood, and we yet design Wormwood Scrubs little cupboards. Each generation grows 3 inches taller than the last. At the very least, we should have inflation on apartment sizes to match -and that is just to stand still. We are designing foreign blue collar apartments at 75 and 95m2 for 2-Bed in the Middle East. That should be the minimum for bottom end and middle. We are way too hostage to land-prices in this country. If you increased apartment and house sizes, land prices would go down because they are out of whack. The stupid financial sector induced boom from late 90's to 2008, 105% mortgages and multi-buy has gone, we have a chance to get some objectivity back into housing. We spend too little on our housing (but the authorities could free up a tonne more land and crash the land market being controlled by the insolvent banks).

Posted date

21 October, 2016

Posted time

1:51 pm