Accommodating a wide range of body sizes and abilities.
People come in a range of shapes, sizes and abilities. Many people require more space around their bodies when they are pushing prams, using wheelchairs, carrying luggage, walking with walking frames or sticks, or being assisted by other people or guide dogs.
Currently, building regulations set minimum dimensions to an ‘average’ body size rather than catering for a broad range of body sizes, shapes, and abilities.
Instead of designing for ‘averages’ the Universal Design approach aims to accommodate a broader range in people’s dimensions and to provide people with choice. Designing buildings, places and spaces for everyone results in more successful design outcomes for all users.