SAAP recently presented to the local Architects Forum hosted by Stirling Council Planning, showing examples of local inclusive design weaknesses in buildings; there were over a dozen architects present. Leading from this constructive meeting, it has also been agreed that the Planning/Building Controls team will work with SAAP on a joint workshop to discuss council practices and case study examples so that we can work more effectively together.
After multiple meetings and at least three revisions of signage, which SAAP participated in, there should be an improvement for visitors and patients when (some) new external and internal signage is updated. Other accessible issues have not been addressed so far.
The Panel is involved with the Changing Places design at The Peak in Stirling, which is progressing well. We have also advised Forth Valley Royal Hospital on the improvements they need to apply to their newly opened Changing Places toilet. We were pleased to see the well-specified Changing Placeds at the new Bellfield Centre, and we hope to continue working together with local MP, Stephen Kerr, advocating for Changing Places throughout Stirlingshire, e.g. at the Thistle Centr
SAAP is pleased to be consulted by Stirling Council on this new development of 3000 homes near Plean. It will be completed over 40 years, by 15 phases of 200 houses, as well as other community buildings. The first meetings have dealt primarily with streetscape and topography, walking and cycling routes. However we have made early representation that 15% of the house building should be for accessible and lifetime homes.
After many meetings, FVRH management have at last agreed to increase the number of disabled spaces at the front car park. Spaces will increase by 12, including a space for a large Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV). They will also add the missing rear hatching (yellow lines) to all disabled spaces. They also agreed to carry out the obligatory annual review of parking, and will install benches with back rests, as the distance from the disabled spaces to the main hospital en