Now in its second year The Bespoke* Access Awards 2017/18 is an international design competition which seeks original ideas to improve access and provide an enhanced experience for hotel guests, particularly for those with disabilities. Peers in the UK House of Lords initiated the competition, which continues to be managed by RIBA Competitions.
The competition aims to employ good design to re-imagine the welcome that hotels extend to guests with physical disabilities and learning difficulties, with the aim of making the hotel experience more joyful and inclusive.
The scope of the competition is wide-ranging. It seeks to identify and reward the best innovative ideas from the fields of architecture and interior design, product design and service design.
Ideas could address the experience from pre arrival, to the front door, to any room or service within a hotel, and can include any of the processes that have to be gone through before a guest arrives or checks-out.
Lastly we have added The Leonard Cheshire Award for Inclusive Employment in order to consider those that work within the hotel environment.
The competition is international and open to everybody. Individuals, groups and design professionals of any age are all eligible. The competition organisers welcome particularly entries from designers and architects with disabilities. Entries will be assessed anonymously.
A prize fund of £30,000 will be available for award at the discretion of the judges. An overall winner will be awarded the Celia Thomas Prize**.
* The competition is sponsored by Bespoke Hotels Group and has a number of industry partners and supporters.
** Celia Thomas (Baroness Thomas of Winchester) is a member of the UK House of Lords who promotes the rights of those with disabilities.