Oxford Circus

2008 continuing
Oxford Street, one of the principal shopping centres in Britain, is no fun for pedestrians! The pavements are narrow and overcrowded and at Oxford Circus barriers restrict pedestrian movement and give priority to vehicular traffic. The Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street Improvement Project (ORB), for which I am the Access Consultant, is coordinated by Westminster City Council and includes a radical reorganisation of pedestrian and vehicular movement at Oxford Circus. The barriers will be removed, the pavements widened, the quality of paving and lighting improved and the clutter of street furniture reduced. The traffic lights will regularly stop all traffic, enabling pedestrians to cross freely, including diagonally. The detailed design will include limited amounts of blister paving to assist people with impaired vision and dropped kerbs to provide step-free access for everyone, including wheelchair users. Work has now started on site and is due for completion in 2010. view>>>
Tate Modern extension

2006 continuing
Following the success of the Tate Modern conversion designed by Herzog and de Meuron of a former power station, the same architects were appointed to design an extension at the south side of the Turbine Hall. The proposed 11-storey building includes banks of high-speed lifts, together with a unique series of curved and spiral staircases designed to provide a sequence of spatial experiences for visitors to the gallery. The project, carried out in association with DBA, received planning permission in 2009 and is due for completion in 2012. view>>>

Olympic Athletes' Village

2006 continuing

image to come The site for the 2012 Olympic Games at Stratford in East London covers an area of some 500 acres. This ambitious project includes residential development and facilities which will be used for the Olympic Games and these will then provide a legacy of housing, shops, a new college and a large public park on a sloping site. The planning and design of the public realm, including a new landscaped hill, water features and bridges have presented particularly challenging problems in meeting the criteria for inclusive accessible design. The project, carried out with the Olympic Development Agency, Lend Lease and DBA, is due for completion by 2012. link to come

Strawberry Hill

2004 - 08

The proposed refurbishment project for Hugh Walpole's romantic Gothic house dating from 1740-80 involved subtle access improvements designed to enable visitors to see the ground floor and the famous first floor gallery without intrusive alterations to the historic fabric. The proposals include a lift inserted discreetly into a former service area. The scheme was approved by English Heritage and received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. view>>>

Royal Festival Hall

2003 - 07

Access consultancy with David Bonnett Associates (DBA) and Allies + Morrison for the refurbishment and improvement of this iconic building, 50 years after it had opened in 1953, included a new glass lift internally and new shops and cafes externally. The external works included new terraces, steps and ramps to facilitate access and activities at the Thames frontage. view>>>

Tate Modern Shop

2003 - 04

After the opening of Tate Modern in 2000 the main entrance on the riverside frontage was dark and uninviting. I contributed to the design of the new shop as a 'sparkling jewel' with bright illumination and the minimum of manifestation signs on the glass. The project was carried out with David Bonnett Associates (DBA). view>>>
St George's Bloomsbury

The last church designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor is a Grade 1 listed building and was completed in 1731. Now, after restoration works led by World Monuments Fund in Britain, has a magnificent interior over a large vaulted brick crypt. Originally staircases provided the only routes up to the church and down to the crypt. During the design of the refurbishment project I was asked to advise on the options for providing step-free access to both levels and assistance in obtaining listed building consent. After examining many options, I recommended the installation of platform lifts at the side of the church with minimal and reversible alterations to the historic structure. The work was completed in 2003 and the building has been restored to its former glory and is now fully accessible. view>>>

Royal Hospital Chelsea

2000 - 01

Designed by Christopher Wren in the early 18th century, most of the buildings on this site were accessible only by staircases, which caused serious problems for the elderly Chelsea Pensioners. One of my proposals for improved access, approved by English Heritage, was for a new lift concealed behind 18th century panelling to serve the main Dining Hall which is used daily by the residents.The photographs were taken during the initial access audit. view>>>
RNIB/New College Worcester

1985 - 92
During this project for blind and partially-sighted pupils I was so impressed by the determination of the young pupils to achieve their full academic and social potential that I decided to learn more about the needs of disabled people. When the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995 was published I discovered that I was already well on the way to having a specialist knowledge of the subject and in 2002 I became the first member of the National Register of Access Consultants. After preparing many articles and talks on the subject of 'inclusive accessible design, my two books were published in 2007. (See Books and Articles>>>). view>>>
Adrian Cave Associates

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