International design competition launched at House of Lords to make the hotel experience more inclusive for disabled people
Largest prize fund for design excellence in UK totalling £30,000*
Paralympic Gold Medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Stirling Prize architect Alan Stanton to be competition judges
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), in association with Bespoke Hotels, launches the Bespoke Access Awards at the House of Lords today
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.