The BSI published ‘Design for the Mind – Neurodiversity and the built environment’ in late 2022 to provide a guide to encourage and enable sensory inclusive environments.
The document provides guidance on the “design of the built environment to include the needs of people who experience sensory or neurological processing differences. It covers buildings and external spaces for public and commercial use, and residential accommodation for independent or supported living. It gives guidance on elements including lighting, acoustics, décor, flooring, layout, wayfinding, familiarity, clarity, thermal comfort and odour; and incorporates principles to ensure that people with or having a range of processing differences are able to access and enjoy their experience of the built environment”.
HUDU is interested in sharing case studies where sensory inclusive environments have been created within health and care settings, but also within residential and mixed developments and the public realm. Please let us know of any schemes you’re aware of, or been involved in delivering.