Media reports say that the BCA has awarded a record 37 developments in its 2015 BCA awards for user friendly design. This award, which is also known as the BCA Universal Design Mark, promotes the concept of universal design that architects and developers should create buildings that are accessible and user friendly to everyone and anyone, able-bodied, disabled, children, elderly people, mums with prams, etc, in other words creating practical buildings for real people.
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BCA’S Director for the Building Plan and Management Division, Chin Chi Leong said that the BCA was pleased that the numbers of winners of the Universal Design Mark were increasing each year from 26 winners in 2013 the initial award to 37 projects in 2015. It is noted that The Vales Showflat and registration will open soon.
ITE College Central, d’Leedon Condominium and the Westgate Commercial Building received 2015 Platinum Awards. ITE College Central received commendations for its exemplary pro-family facilities and features which consider the access, needs and welfare of disabled people. Facilities, which received particular notice and praise included access ramps and the facility to borrow wheelchairs as well as a childcare facility, and designated family parking spaces.
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The Westgate development, an office tower and shopping centre, received praise for having a dedicated Family Zone, which includes a playground, nursing rooms, as well as dedicated rest rooms for young children.
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CapitaLand’s d’Leedon project only completed recently received recognition for the 18% of its units which have features such as step free unit and room entrances, assistance buttons in bedrooms and bathroom and front doors with security peepholes situated at a suitable height for wheelchair users and children to use.