Welcome to the Burrell Foley Fischer LLP Blog. We are an award winning, design led architectural practice with a recognised commitment to achieving high quality in the built environment. Over thirty years we have gained specialist experience of urban design, residential, education, performing arts and cinema and media buildings and the adaptation and restoration of historic buildings.
Stefanie Fischer today gave evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Young Disabled People as part of their Inquiry into the issues that affect young disabled people and prevent them from living fully independent lives and how this needs to be improved.Today’s session was on the subject of leisure with a focus on cinema.
Stefanie was invited to
discuss examples of good and poor practice regarding disabled access to cinemas
and to give the benefit of her extensive experience of designing independent
cinemas. Also giving evidence were representatives from Trailblazers, who
recently investigated this issue (see previous post), the Cinema Exhibitors
Association, and the cinema operators, Cineworld, Odeon, Vue and Picturehouse. They
were shown a screening of the Lights,
Camera, Access documentary, which outlines the problems disabled
movie-goers face and ways to address them, which is currently being screened at
film festivals throughout the UK.
BFF's remodelling and refurbishment of Broadway, Nottingham's Media Centre, in a converted former Methodist Chapel was given an ADAPT award in 1998. Our conversion of Norwich Cinema City from a single to a three-screen proved that it is possible to make a fully accessible venue even in a Grade I Listed building. It won the National Local Authority Building Control Built in Quality Award 2008 for the Best Project for Access or compliance with Disability Regulations.