PH Partnership won the Product Design Category of the Bespoke Access Awards 2016/17 and are now searching for ways of developing some of their conceptual ideas.
Backed by the RIBA and Bespoke Hotels, the Bespoke Access Awards sought ‘imaginative, innovative and potentially realisable’ proposals to improve hotel access for disabled people, including those with learning difficulties.
Concepts which challenge existing ‘joyless, poorly-designed and over-medicalised’ preconceptions of disability-friendly hotel facilities were encouraged.
PH Partnership received £5,000 from the Celia Thomas Prize. Named after peer and disability rights campaigner Celia Thomas, who has limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, the prize is thought to be the UK’s largest for a design concept.
Judges included Thomas, Paralympic wheelchair champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Bespoke Hotels chairman Robin Sheppard – who previously suffered from Guillain–Barré Syndrome – and wheelchair user Alan Stanton of 2012 Stirling Prize-winner Stanton Williams.
Fausto Pereira, an Architect and Registered Access Consultant with the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC), is a director of PH Partnership and led the team that created the entry. He said: ‘The designs proposed in our ‘myRoom’ concept are based on technology currently being developed in research laboratories. With added creativity and some development, these designs could become a reality. We have created a roadmap for implementation and would welcome partners in the industry to develop these products with us.’
Any potential partners are encouraged to get in touch with the practice.