ACCESS 'CASE STUDY' THE SAGE GATESHEAD Royal Institute of British Architects Inclusive Building of the Year 2005.
The Sage Gateshead is the stunning £70 million home for live music and musical discovery, learning and participation designed by Foster & Partners Architects. It is the base for the Northern Sinfonia and Folkworks, consisting of two performance spaces of acoustic excellence, a rehearsal space and a 25-room Music Education Centre.
A covered concourse along the waterfront links the four separate enitities and offers amazing views out onto the Tyne. The entire complex is sheltered beneath a broad, enveloping stainless steel roof that is 'shrink-wrapped' around the buildings beneath.
The capital building project is funded by the Arts Council Lottery Fund, Gateshead Council, ONE NorthEast and the European Regional Development Fund.
The SAGE Gateshead was selected for this prestigious award because it:
Burdus Access Management were engaged to service the Sage Access Panel and represent panel views at Design Team.
During the design and construction period there were 14 panel meetings and 4 site visits. The panel had a significant influence on the design of:
One member, Clarence Adoo, the Northern Sinfonia Education Animateur uses a powered wheelchair operated by chin and mouth controls. Clarence’s input to the design was vital to maximise his independent access to the building, including parking, toilets, power door opening and lifts, which has had direct benefits for other mobility impaired visitors to the building.
Significantly, the Access Panel established stainless steel against a matt black finish does provide an acceptable colour and tonal contrast for vision impaired people. This was long before research published the same findings using scientifically measured light reflectance.
This evidence-based finding was particularly useful for the visual definition of:
Wayfinding features also include:
The communication aid strategy included:
Final provision included the following inclusive desgin elements: