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Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)

SURFACE

Welcome to SURFACE - a centre of excellence in inclusive design

What would it be like to live in a world in which beautifully-designed products and places could be used by everyone, regardless of age, ability or circumstance? At the SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre, we are passionate about making this happen...

SURFACE is a multi-disciplinary centre forging a joined-up approach to teaching, research and consultancy in inclusive design. Committed to tackling 'real world' challenges, we explore design using the social model of disability, from the planning of the public realm to the detailing of the home, its products and technologies.

We are part of the highest-rated built environment research institute in the UK, supported by a worldwide network of partners, including experts from policy and industry. Our team thrives on an international reputation for excellence, especially in the provision of award-winning distance learning.

Going Outdoors: Falls, Ageing & Resilience (Go Far)

Going Outdoors: Falls, Ageing & Resilience (Go Far) is a multi-disciplinary research project. It is funded by the cross-council Lifelong Health & Wellbeing programme, led by the Medical Research Council. SURFACE Director, Professor Marcus Ormerod, is the Principal Investigator, leading a team of 13 researchers from the UK and Canada. They have come together to explore the relationship between older people, outdoor falls and the design of the public realm.

Work started on Go Far in late January 2012 and the final stages of data collection and analysis were completed in summer 2013. The project outcomes are currently being written up for publication and a joint project to launch a website for falls reporting is in development with Age UK. 

To find out more about our general research aims and objectives, please  download our Go Far A4 booklet.  For details of the specific Work Packages:

Download our fact sheet on Work Package 1: Scoping of current falls data collection methods to define “hot-spots” of outdoor environmentally-linked falls. This Work Package is being undertaken by the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow Caledonian.

Download our fact sheet on Work Package 2: What are the experiences and understandings of older people about risk factors for falling in the outdoor environment? This Work Package is being undertaken by the Universities of Southampton, Bournemouth and Swansea.

Download our fact sheet on Work Package 3.1: Development of an audit tool for the outdoor environment that will identify options for falls prevention. This Work Package is being undertaken by the Universities of Salford, Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt.

Download our fact sheet on Work Package 3.2: Development of a pilot protocol for the use of a combination of engineering tools in the real world to assess the surface condition and properties of different built environment materials. This Work Package is being undertaken by the University of Salford, Toronto Rehab and the Health and Safety Laboratory.

Download our fact sheet on Work Package 4.1: Knowledge exchange. This Work Package is being undertaken by the University of Salford and Age UK.

The remaining two Work Packages are:

Work Package 4.2: Management of the Project
Work Package 4.3: Development of future cross-disciplinary research projects

You can find the academic papers from SURFACE projects at the University's repository pages.

In addition, the following publications are available:

Going Outdoors: Falls, Ageing & Resilience (Go Far) 2012, ‘Key facts’, 4pp full-colour introductory leaflet with details of the team, methodology and funding mechanisms behind research into older people, falls and the design of the outdoor environment.

Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO) 2012, ‘Why does the outdoor environment matter?’, 4pp full-colour leaflet with research findings from both phases of I'DGO (One and TOO) and key messages for policy and practice.

Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO) 2012, ‘The Design of Streets with Older People in Mind: Design Guide 001 – Seating’, 8pp full-colour design guidance leaflet on public seating, with notes on existing guidance, research findings and recommendations for policy and practice.

Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO) 2012, ‘The Design of Streets with Older People in Mind: Design Guide 002 – Bus Stops’, 8pp full-colour design guidance leaflet on bus stops and shelters, with notes on existing guidance, research findings and recommendations for policy and practice.

Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO) 2012, ‘The Design of Streets with Older People in Mind: Design Guide 003 – Tactile Paving’, 8pp full-colour design guidance leaflet on tactile paving, with notes on existing guidance, research findings and recommendations for policy and practice.

Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO) 2012, ‘The impact of Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors’, 2pp full-colour impact statement on I'DGO’s work with policy makers, professionals, not-for-profit organisations and the public.

Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO) 2010, ‘Tactile paving: design, siting and laying’, 16pp full-colour mid-term progress report on the SURFACE I'DGO TOO study, with notes on background, methodology and preliminary findings.

Newton, R and Ormerod, M 2007, 'EnglishPartnerships Guidance Note: Inclusive Design', 30pp repository of inclusive design guidance for new-build and refurbishment projects commissioned by former National Regeneration Agency.

Ormerod, M and Thomas, P 2006, ‘Decent Homes Standards and Accessibility’, 34pp report, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, on the impact on accessibility of refurbishment by social landlords to bring properties up to new Decent Homes Standards.

SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre 2004, ‘Towards Access Standards: The Work of Local Access Groups in England and Wales’, 145pp report, commissioned by the Disability Rights Commission, on the nature and workings of access groups in England and Wales.