The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is the representative forum for the professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the construction industry.

Essential Principles Guide

The Essential Principles Guide’ for Built Environment Professionals on creating an accessible and inclusive environment is an initiative that emerged from the Built Environment Professional Education Project – a government project now being taken forward by the CIC and into industry. The aim is to build on the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by helping to generate a shift change in how inclusive design skills are taught in the UK. The aim is that all built environment professionals will receive mandatory, quality teaching about inclusive design so that they can help create inclusive building, places and spaces for future generations.

The guide, which has been endorsed by many Professional Institutions, contains six principles as suggested by the Office for Disability Issues.  These 6 essential principles will guide, support and motivate you when making decisions for clients, employers and society which affect the achievement of an inclusive environment.  They will help you meet your professional obligations to seek to achieve inclusion and ensure that this goal is integrated into all your professional activity. The 6 essential Principles are as follows:

1.         Contribute to building an inclusive society now and in the future

2.         Apply professional and responsible judgement and take a leadership role

3.         Apply and integrate the principles of inclusive design from the outset of a project

4.         Do more than just comply with legislation and codes

5.         Seek multiple views to solve accessibility and inclusivity challenges

6.         Acquire the skills, knowledge, understanding and confidence to make inclusion the norm not the exception

Copies of the guide can be downloaded for free here