Alan Stanton on judging panel for Bespoke Access Awards

Stanton Williams Director Alan Stanton will be on the judging panel for the innagural Bespoke Access Awards, which is being run by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), in association with Bespoke Hotels.

The 2016 Awards aim to improve access to hotels worldwide for disabled people, including those with learning difficulties, as well as all other guests. The Awards seek to challenge the perception of hotel facilities set aside for disabled people, which can often be viewed as joyless, poorly designed and over-medicalised. The awards are the first of their kind. They draw on the legacy of the successful 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, which drew worldwide attention to the capacities of those with disabilities and – in the Olympic venues themselves - to the importance of good design.

Alan Stanton joins the judging panel with the Paralympic Gold Medallist and Peer Baroness Grey-Thompson, whose interest in design was fostered by her father, a professional architect.

The scope of the competition is wide-ranging. Three strands of inclusive design are identified for entrants to consider: Architecture, Product Design and Service Design. Prizes will be awarded for the most imaginative, innovative and potentially realisable ideas in any or all of these strands. The first prize of £20,000 will be the Celia Thomas Prize*. There are also awards worth a further £10,000.

The design competition aims to reward entrants who address guests’ experience from the front door to any room or service within a hotel; and includes the process that has to be undertaken before a visitor arrives or during check out.

The winning ideas and shortlisted proposals will be published for the benefit of the public and for the hotel industry worldwide;winners will be announced on December 1st 2016, ahead of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on December 3rd 2016.

Entries are open internationally to everyone. The organisers particularly welcome entries from designers and architects with disabilities themselves. Collaboration between people with disabilities and design professionals is also encouraged, as is collaboration amongst design disciplines. There is no age limit.

Deadline for entries is 1 September.