Accessibility for all in the Built Environment

A Talk by Margaret Hickish

Managing Director of Design 4 Inclusion and with an impressive pedigree including Principal Access Officer for the Olympic Delivery Authority, Margaret is an experienced Access consultant and a skilled trainer in disability awareness and the impacts of equality legislation on the built environment.

She has almost 20 years experience in specifying and negotiating inclusive design, improving access for disabled people, women and men of all cultures, faiths and ages to the built environment and transport.

Margaret has particular experience in advising on access to sports, public and civic amenities including working for different clients such as Emirates Stadium, O2 Arena, Unicorn Children’s Theatre, Liverpool Arena & Conference Centre, the Grand Egyptian Museum (Cairo), Scottish Parliament building and streetscape, and Massar Children’s Centre (Damascus).

At the ODA Margaret was responsible for ensuring that all design teams working on buildings and public realm within the Olympic Park and beyond are fulfilling the London 2012 commitment to provide the most accessible games ever.

Not a fading violet, she was a Woman of the Year 1997 in recognition of her continuing work in equality and inclusion - the first female apprentice appointed to a Royal Dockyard in 1969 and the first winner, in 1973, of the Dame Joan Vickers Cup for most outstanding apprentice of the year!

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