ACCESS 'CASE STUDY' BP Headquarters Building, 1 S James Square, London.
In 2001, BP Global Property Management and Services (GPM&S) decided to examine how it delivered inclusive design on its projects, looking at how they identified, considered, delivered and recorded access for disabled visitors and staff.
It was decided to commission Burdus Access Managment to produce a project manager’s checklist of accessible design tasks and issues set within the RIBA work plan. The checklist was agreed by:
BP GPM&S then applied the checklist to the fast track refurbishment of its headquarter office at 1 St James Square, London. The building comprised an 11 storey building with basement parking, lower ground cafeteria and auditorium, office, meeting, executives and chairman’s office, boardroom, central atrium with glass roof.
Accessible design features in the refurbished building include:
Burdus Access Management were engaged to review accessibility and advise on upgrades to Britannic House, the 'old' BP Headquarters building before the move to 1 St James Square.
Work included an access audit and report on the historic core of the Lutyens designed building including the listed stair case.
Access consultant workscope for 1 St James Square design team:
Project and Design Teams, Facilities Management received access awareness to understand the impact of space, surface treatment, clolour, light and finishes on disabled and vision impaired people. This had a major impact on inclusive design and specifically the lighting strategy - notably the cold cathode tube set into the floor of the foyer to guide visitors from the main entrance doors to the reception desks.
A notable outome of the Burdus Access consultancy was the development of a successful lighting strategy for vision impaired people including: