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Case Studies

Case Studies

SpaMedica clinics and offices

Direct Access were the access consultants for several SpaMedica clinics and offices across England. Initially working with the organisation in 2022 to improve physical accessibility in key areas of clinics – with recommendations focusing on components such as wayfinding, lighting, entrances, restrooms, intercoms, lifts, stairways, car parks, and reception areas,

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Anderton Boat Lift

Direct Access are the access consultants for The Anderton Boat Lift, a two-caisson lift lock near the village of Anderton, Cheshire. The lift provides a 50-foot (15.2 m) vertical link between two navigable waterways: the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal. The structure is designated as a scheduled monument, and is

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Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Direct Access are the Accessibility Consultants for the Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, helping Cumbria become a thriving place for everyone through the development and implementation of an accessibility and inclusivity strategy / plan with a focus on inclusive design to attract local, national and international users of all

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A proof of concept photograph of the proposed new design of Chichester Street in Belfast showing a bustling street front with new modern buildings.
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The 5 C’s Public Realms Project – Belfast

Direct Access were the accessibility consultants for the 5 C’s Project in Belfast, providing a review of 5 proposed street refurbishments for The Department for Communities (DfC) Belfast Regeneration Directorate. The Five Cs Project is the first project to come forward from the Developers Contributions Framework and is a public

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A photograph of an exterior pathway at the Sewerby Halls & Gardens on a sunny afternoon, to either side a mixture of white, pink, and purple flowers are scattered from one end to the next, with larger plans and trees further back on each side. At the furthest end of the path, there is a sheltered garden gazebo with two trees adjacent to the left and right.
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East Riding Museums

Direct Access provided accessibility audits to the East Riding Museums Group to ensure that its sites are fully accessible and inclusive to disabled visitors and staff. The initial site audits included coverage of all six sites, including Sewerby Hall & Gardens, Beverley Guildhall, Beverley Art Gallery, Skidby Mill, Hessle Mill,

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Isle of Man Health & Social Care

Direct Access has provided accessibility audits for over 70 health and social care partnership sites on the Isle of Man, an undertaking which has included care facilities, residential homes, medical centres, day care services, mental health services, children’s centres, offices, various ambulance centres, Ramsey Cottage, as well as The Nobles

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An exterior view from the street of one of Bupa's head offices.
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Bupa Offices & Staff Accessibility Training

Bupa commissioned a new, environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art HQ building, modifying the health care provider’s existing site to allow for more choice-based working. As part of the strategy, Direct Access was asked to undertake access consultancy and carry out an access appraisal of the proposed refurbishment plans at the BUPA premises

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A proof of concept drawing of the new Benwell Deane community housing project in Newcastle showing a newly paved street and families walking along a streetpath.
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Benwell Dene Housing Estate

Direct Access is the Access Consultant for the upcoming modern and sustainable 146-home estate in Benwell, Newcastle.  In addition to ensuring the implementation of inclusive and accessible housing with J M Architects and Southern Green, Direct Access advised on the application of the estate’s planned sustainable interpretation of the traditional

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A proof of concept photo of the V and A East museum, showing a large, baige building that looks like an upside down crown. A large V and A sits on the top. Outside crowds of people commute on the open plan path space. At the forefront, a set of stairs lead down to a nearby canal with a red, white, and blue coloured boat passing by.
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V & A East

Image © O’Donnell + Tuomey / Ninety90, 2018. The Victoria and Albert Museum, more commonly known as the V&A is the world’s largest museum of applied arts, decorative arts and design. Founded in 1852, it is expanding to two new sites at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opening in 2025.

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United Nations International Organization for Migration (Geneva)

Direct Access has provided Universal Design and accessibility consultancy services for the new International Organization for Migration Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Working with the Architectural and design teams at each of the concept, schematic, and developed design stages, Direct Access is integrating European and local Canton standards including SIA 500

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A drone shot of the proposed build of one part of the Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine; a modern cuboid shaped building.
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Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine

The Ellison Institute is an interdisciplinary, patient-centered research center that provides cutting-edge cancer care and wellness services, undertaking research initiatives that span the scientific spectrum to change how cancer and other diseases are treated. The Oxford Science Park was created by Magdalen College Oxford in 1991 as part of its

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A photograph of the exterior of the Sherman Theatre at dusk. The sky is a pretty light blue, contrasting with the shine of primary yellow nightlights outside and inside the building.
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Ramps Cymru Theatres

Direct Access is the Access Consultants for Ramps Cymru, the umbrella body of the five largest theatre facilities in Wales.  Direct Access has undertaken accessibility audits of each site, website audits, and undertaken a deep dive into the policy, systems, and procedures of each member to develop a detailed report

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Warkworth Castle
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Warkworth Castle

Warkworth village and castle occupy a loop of the River Coquet in Northumbria, a mile from the coast, and was founded in the 12th century. Since 1984 English Heritage has cared for the site, which is a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The cross-shaped Keep has

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City of London Avondale Square housing estate with a view of the Shard in the distance
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City of London

Direct Access were the Accessibility Consultants for all the City of London district’s housing estates, which together amass a total of 2,900 homes. Spanning all the public spaces within these estates, including parks, car parks, pathways, and gardens, the project saw Direct Access deliver accessibility audits and reviews to all

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A panoramic photo of Shugborough Hall and its gardens.
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Shugborough Estate

Direct Access was appointed as access consultants by the National Trust for the historic listed Shugborough Estate in Staffordshire. Constructed in 1693 at the heart of a picturesque locale in the Stafford countryside, this elegant, stately home is the centerpiece of 900 acres of parkland boasting impressive monuments and stunning

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A panoramic view of Keswick Cumbria on a cloudy day.
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Cumbria County Council

Direct Access provided accessibility audits for over 170 buildings under the jurisdiction of Cumbria County Council in what is considered one of the most scenic and attractive areas of the UK. Our consultancy team delivered accessibility audits of 180 different sites, which include several County halls, primary schools, fire stations,

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A photograph of cannons inside the Royal Armoury Museum site at Portsmouth.
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The Royal Armouries Museums

Direct Access has provided accessibility consultancy for all three of the Royal Armouries Museum sites, including Leeds, London, and Portsmouth respectively. Our consultants determined how disability access and interpretation of exhibits could be improved across the three sites, which each host a selection of the UK’s National Collection of Arms

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Two tall red-bricked student campus buildings adjacent to each other with a connecting square in the middle featuring a mixed group of students.
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The Piano Works PBSA

Direct Access were the accessibility consultant for The Piano Works, a new purpose-built Stour Bridge student accommodation development in Hackney. Collaborating closely with the planning consultants Knight Frank and architects Henley Halebrown, Direct Access carried out a full access consultancy service including design review, access statement, and Inclusive Design and

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Transports accessibles à Lyon

Direct Access est fier d’annoncer qu’il travaille avec Keolis et STRYAL à Lyon pour améliorer l’accès aux bus, tramways, métros et aux services ferroviaires régionaux TER et intercités SNCF. Keolis est très présent en France. Elle fournit des services de transport en commun dans de nombreuses villes, dont Bordeaux, Dijon,

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A photograph of Vicars Close in Wells, Somerset - a beautiful cobblestoned street with old historic houses lined up to the left and right sides. Beautiful gardens with variously coloured trees and plans are in front of each house.
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Vicars’ Close

Vicars’ Close in Wells, Somerset, England, is claimed to be the oldest purely residential street with original buildings surviving intact in Europe.  Direct Access was appointed to improve the site’s accessibility measures for disabled people while safeguarding the site’s historic significance and grandeur. From identifying areas to increase step-free access to offering new

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