Head of Inclusive Design at BuroHappold, Neil has over 20 years’ experience in specifying and negotiating access to the built environment for disabled people, and is well versed in the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and the previous Disability Discrimination Acts (1995 and 2005).
But his knowledge isn’t limited to legislation. Neil’s passion for making the built world accessible to all shows through in his work: from masterplans and the development of design standards and policy, to examinations of individual buildings, enabling us to deliver the ideal solution to meet highly specific needs.
He has a broad range of experience including masterplanning, transport infrastructure, large scale mixed used residential, stadia, civic, historic and educational projects. He has advised policy bodies, government departments, education providers, funding bodies, construction professionals, and commercial organisations.
As the Greater London Authority’s Principal Access Advisor he was the principal author of the Mayor’s supplementary planning guidance ‘Accessible London’. He has supported the GLA’s planning team on policy and strategic applications and represented the GLA during the government’s housing standards review.
Specialising in inclusive design, Neil’s projects aim for the highest quality inclusive environments. Working within a multi-disciplinary environment, Neil understands the need to communicate the application of inclusive design standards; looking to exceeding minimum requirements in order to deliver an inclusive environment that provides equality of experience for all users.
Neil was the author of the RTPI award winning Olympic Delivery Authority’s ‘Inclusive Design Standards’. He sits on BSI Committee for B/559 Access to buildings for disabled people and has been a long-standing Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert.
Neil has recently been appointed as one of the Mayor of London’s design advocates to support his “Good growth by design” programme.
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