A Commitment to Inclusive Workspace with All3Media

Overview

In 2023, All3Media, a prominent global media company, embarked on a transformative journey towards inclusive design by partnering with Tilting the Lens. All3Media engaged Tilting the Lens to develop a comprehensive accessibility blueprint. This blueprint was designed to serve as a guideline for All3Media’s real estate decisions, whether scouting new office locations, renegotiating leases, or refurbishing existing spaces. The overarching objective was to embed inclusivity into All3Media’s workspace environment, thereby fostering an accessible and supportive work environment for all employees.

Scope of Work

Tilting the Lens was contracted to create a blueprint for All3Media to use when scouting new office locations, renegotiating leases or refurbishing existing spaces. With this document, Tilting the Lens details best practices in office design across visual, spatial, audible, digital and tactile factors with the goal of blueprinting an accessible future through a lens of creativity and imagination that creates dignity for each employee.

The document includes actionable insights, thanks to a host of stakeholder interviews, focus groups and in-depth secondary research conducted. Tilting the Lens consulted people with lived experience of disability, through an intersectional lens. It also features a checklist and scorecard.

Methodology

Tilting the Lens employed a multifaceted methodology to develop the accessibility blueprint:

  1. Research and Analysis: Tilting the Lens conducted extensive research on best practices and lived experience in inclusive office design. This included reviewing UK legislation on physical accessibility, building regulations, health and safety regulations, EU legislation regarding the employer’s obligations and workplace accessibility, as well as conducting focus group sessions with a range of stakeholders with lived experience, and always through an intersectional lens.
  2. Holistic Approach: The blueprint’s development encompassed various dimensions of accessibility, ranging from physical aspects like wheelchair ramps and seating to digital elements such as accessible software and assistive technology.
  3. Shaping Perspectives and Prioritising Voices: Recognising the historical underrepresentation of Disabled individuals in the field of design, and how this absence underscores the disregard for their perspectives, our strategy for this report revolved around prioritising Disabled individuals and leveraging their expertise to formulate both immediate and lasting solutions.

Outcome

The partnership between All3Media and Tilting the Lens culminated in the creation of a comprehensive 116 page accessibility blueprint, which was rooted in the legislation and building standard documentation for their most relevant markets, along with the qualitative and quantitative data gained from focus groups with Disabled employees, line managers, office managers, recruitment personnel and senior leaders. The accessibility blueprint provides clear guidelines for accessible workspaces, and incorporates a wide range of considerations:

  1. Physical Accessibility: The design guidelines addressed physical accessibility features, such as ramps, elevators, accessible bathrooms, parking and public transport – to mention a few.
  1. Sensory Accessibility: The blueprint included recommendations for creating spaces that catered to diverse sensory and cognitive needs, including adequate lighting, acoustics, quiet spaces and pods, and tactile wayfinding.
  1. Inclusive Culture: The partnership also emphasised fostering an inclusive and supportive workplace culture that embraced diversity. Accessible office spaces can improve productivity, reduce absenteeism, and attract and retain a diverse range of talented employees.

Conclusion

The collaboration between All3Media and Tilting the Lens exemplified a commitment to inclusive design principles and the creation of an accessible workspace for all employees. By incorporating accessibility considerations from the outset, All3Media demonstrated its dedication to creating a workplace environment that promotes dignity, agency, ease and pride, and ensures the physical spaces are designed with Disabled people to accommodate the needs of all employees, visitors, and guests.