How adaption of historic listed buildings affords access

Lynch, Suzanna and Proverbs, David (2019) How adaption of historic listed buildings affords access. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation. ISSN 2398-4708 (In Press)

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Abstract

Purpose: Providing accessible and inclusive environments fulfils legislative obligations and creates financial benefits. Historic listed buildings rely on heritage tourism for continued financial support. This research aims to investigate how historic listed buildings adapt to afford access to People with Disabilities (PwD), through physical and non-physical interventions.

Design/methodology/approach: Using a case-study approach of an historic property, research comprises of: an observational visitor survey, determining visitor demographic regarding visible disabilities; an access audit, determining current accessibility; interviews with the property’s Access Team and desktop-based research.

Findings: Results depict the complexity, challenges and barriers in making historic buildings accessible for PwD. Through alternative training and inclusive initiatives, findings reveal how historic buildings may support the multiplicity of individuals’ access requirements.

Research limitations/implications: Further research incorporating longer surveying periods, wider demographic of interviewees and multiple case study analysis would provide richer, comparable data in understanding the intrinsic complexities involved in creating accessibility within historic buildings. Implications of this research could transcend management, conservation and adaptation of listed buildings in identifying the defined barriers and solutions to overcome them.

Originality/value: The originality of this paper relates to the use of alternative services creating access when physical changes are deemed ‘unreasonable’. A conceptual framework is developed depicting the complexity, challenges and barriers in making historic buildings accessible for PwD.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accessibility, Inclusion, Dementia, Building Conservation
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions: REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA13: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Euan Scott
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2019 08:30
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2019 14:59
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7584

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