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The British Standards Institution (BSI) is developing the first building design standards for sensory and neurological needs

The British Standards Institution (BSI) announced that a new design standard, ‘PAS 6463 Design for the mind – Neurodiversity and the built environment – Guide’, is being developed to include the needs of persons who experience neurological and sensory processing difficulties.

It will provide information on specific design features that can make public places more inclusive for everyone by reducing the likelihood of sensory overload, anxiety, or distress. Sensory design considerations like lighting, flooring, acoustics, and décor will be addressed.

This standard will be developed by a group of experts in a range of fields including: the built environment, planning, transportation, and neurodiversity. It is sponsored by Transport for London (TfL), BuroHappold, Forbo Flooring Systems and the BBC.

According to Jean Hewitt, Senior Inclusive Design Consultant and Trainer at BuroHappold, there is a profound need to design for neurological difference in addition to accommodating our diversity in form size and physical ability. She believes that no less than 20% of the population are negatively impacted by elements that could easily be modified or eliminated during design without any cost implications.

Frances McAndrew, TfL’s Diversity & Inclusion Lead said that the PAS 6463 guidance for inclusive design will be beneficial to a diverse city like London to create a more welcoming, enjoyable, and accessible environment for everyone. This standard is expected to be published in April 2021.

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