Research into the effectiveness of Design and Access Statements in Wales

Research into the effectiveness of Design and Access Statements in Wales

Since their introduction, DAS have been subject to praise, criticism and discussion. Many good designers produce design and access statements as a matter of course. However, Access Groups have concerns about the effectiveness of the statements.

Procurer reference: C177/2012/2013
Value of tender: £Undisclosed
CONTRACT NOTICE – NON OJEU
Is this notice funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO)?
No
Contract Type
Services
SECTION I: CONTRACTING AUTHORITY
Name of the organisation
WG SF – Environment and Sustainable Development
Contact Name
Heledd Cressey
Address
Sarn Mynach , Llandudno Junction , Conwy
Postcode
LL31 9RZ
Phone
0300 062 5426
EMail
heledd.cressey@wales.gsi.gov.uk
SECTION II: DETAILS OF THE CONTRACT
Service category
8 Research & Development
Is it a framework agreement?
No
Title of the contract
Research into the effectiveness of Design and Access Statements in Wales
Description of the contract

Since their introduction, DAS have been subject to praise, criticism and discussion. Many good designers produce design and access statements as a matter of course. However, Access Groups have concerns about the effectiveness of the statements. It is considered from the information we have already that the perceived issues associated with DAS can be grouped into three areas:

• Delivery – that DAS have not delivered accessible quality outcomes;

• Complexity – that design and access statements have further complicated the system including validation; which adds delay to the planning application process and has led to inconsistencies between authorities;

• Duplication – that other regimes could be better mechanisms for improving delivery of some aspects of good design.

The Welsh Government’s Framework for Action on Independent Living went out to consultation on 20th September 2012. Under priority 6 of the framework, a review of DAS as a tool for achieving accessibility, including examining how DAS sits along side Building Regulations Access requirements is recommended. TAN 22 was introduced as the sustainable buildings policy to act as a stepping stone until Building Regulations, devolved in December 2011, have been reviewed by the Welsh government. TAN 22 sets an expectation of BREEAM ‘very good’ with an ‘excellent’ score for energy for non-domestic building and Code for Sustainable Homes score level 3 with extra credits for energy in new housing.

For these reasons, the purpose of this research will be to gather evidence on the: effectiveness of design and access statements in influencing the final design of proposed developments as part of the planning application process; key perceived issues noted above and any other barriers to the delivery of good design through the mechanism of DAS; and to consider improvements to DAS or alternative mechanisms, including the role of future building regulations’ requirements.

The Objective is to explore the effectiveness of the design and access statements, by reviewing current practice focussing on Delivery, Duplication and Complexity.

Place / site of work / delivery
Welsh Government offices, Cathays Park

Classification of contract (CPV codes)
73300000 – Design and execution of research and development.

Contract Length
Period in month/s
6
SECTION III: AWARD CRITERIA
Contract will be awarded based on:

Most economically advantageous tender in terms of:Criteria as detailed in the contract documents


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Reference Number
C177/2012/2013
Deadline Date
04.02.2013
Deadline date refers to
Receipt of tenders
Does this contract relate to a Project / Programme funded by EU funds?
No
Community Benefits do not apply to this contract

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