BS 8300 Part 2


Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment Part 2: Buildings — Code of practice

2018 Edition

Published by British Standards Institution, 01/31/2018


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BS 8300-2, 2018 Edition – Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment Part 2: Buildings — Code of practice

What is BS 8300-2 – Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment about?

A wide range of inclusive design solution guidance already exists. BS 8300-2 brings that diverse advice together to provide a definitive source of authoritative recommendations on the inclusive and accessible design of buildings.

BS 8300-2 on the design of an accessible and inclusive built environment is the second part in a two-part standard. BS 8300-1 deals with designing accessible and inclusive external environments.

Who is BS 8300-2 – Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment for?

BS 8300-2 on the design of an accessible and inclusive built environment can be adopted by:

  • Local government officers in planning, access, design, conservation, and building control
  • Their private sector counterparts
  • Architects
  • Interior designers
  • Landscape designers

Why should you use BS 8300-2 – Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment?

BS 8300-2 gives recommendations on designing buildings to accommodate users with the widest range of characteristics and capabilities. It applies to:

a) External features of a building or group of buildings, such as entrances, outward opening doors, and windows, where they affect external access routes, and

b) Interiors of buildings such as entrances and reception facilities, horizontal and vertical movement, and facilities in the building

The recommendations given apply largely to new buildings, but can also be used when assessing the accessibility and usability of existing buildings and, where practicable, as a basis for their improvement. The extent to which the recommendations apply to listed and historic buildings is determined on a case-by-case basis.

BS 8300-2 on the design of an accessible and inclusive built environment applies to a wide range of buildings such as:

  • Transport buildings
  • Industrial buildings
  • Administrative and commercial buildings
  • Health and welfare buildings
  • Refreshment, entertainment, and recreation buildings
  • Religious buildings and associated facilities
  • Educational, cultural, and scientific buildings
  • Residential buildings (e.g. nursing, residential and care homes, student accommodation, common parts of blocks of flats)
  • Temporary structures accessible to or usable by the general public

NOTE: BS 8300-2 does not apply to individual dwellings, or to residential buildings that are designed specifically to meet the requirements of people with complex or multiple impairments.

What’s changed since the last update?

BS 8300-2:2018 replaces BS 8300:2009. It is Part 2 because a new standard – BS 8300-1:2018 – has been added on designing accessible external environments. The numbering follows the logic of the original BS 8300, starting outside the building and working in.

As to what’s changed:

  • Previous editions of BS 8300 advised specifically on designing for disabled people. This new BS 8300-2 explains how to design, build and manage the built environment in a way that is inclusive. Designing to address and integrate the access requirements of all people, irrespective of their personal circumstances, as part of mainstream design, achieves an inclusive environment which is always preferable to designating separate or specific features.
  • BS 8300-2 draws on experience gained during the design and operation of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and gives extensive guidance on the development of inclusive design strategies, the use of design and access statements, and the development of an access strategy.
  • BS 8300-2 has also started to consider the needs of people with neuro-diverse conditions, though it is recognized that more research is needed in this area.

General Product Information:

Revision 2018 Edition
Document Type PDF
Document Language English
Publisher British Standards Institution (BSI)
Status Current
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Cross References

BS 5499-4
BS EN 81-28
BS 5839-1
BS EN 1125
BS EN 179
BS EN ISO 7010
BS EN 81-72
BS 8233
BS 4787-1
BS EN 12209
BS 7953
BS EN 60118-4
BS EN 16005:2012
BS 6180:2011
BS EN 1154:1997
BS EN ISO 10535
BS EN 1991-1-1
BS 6440
BS EN 81-70
BS 3621
BS EN 115-1
BS 6262-4
BS 8621
BS EN 12051
BS EN 1303
BS EN 81-40
BS 10621
BS 6262
BS 7036-0
BS 6259
BS EN 81-20
BS EN 81-41
BS 9999
BS 8213-1
BS EN 1935
BS 8300-1
BS 7594
BS EN 1155
BS 8536 (all parts)
BS EN 1111
BS 8878
BS 7976-2
BS 8206-2
Building Regulations 2010
Building (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2014
BS 9991
BS 8220-3
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992
Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010
Registered Homes Act 1984
BS 4800
BS 5655-6
Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006
HSG 154:2014
BS 5395-1
BS 5252
BS 9266
BS 8220-2
Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012
BS 8587
BS 5395-2
BS 1134
BS 8501
Equality Act 2010
BS 6465 (all parts)
BS EN 1287
BS 8493
BS 8572
Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004
Registered Homes (Amendment) Act 1991
Lifts Regulations 2016
BS 7000-6
BS EN 62489-1
Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008
ISO 21542
BS 5656-2