Victoria and Albert Museum

Access

We are committed to making Exhibition Road the most accessible cultural destination in the world. We established a dedicated ‘Access Group’ in 2004, consisting of representatives from different disability groups, to consult on each stage of the design.

We are engaging with a wide range of disability groups and professionals designing the project to ensure that the Council delivers on its promise to develop a design that will reconcile the needs of different disability groups and create an exciting new space that is safe and accessible for everyone to enjoy.

Features to improve access include:

  • a single surface to pave the length of Exhibition Road
  • removal of kerbs to make it easier to move around for wheelchair users, those with pushchairs, motorised scooters and elderly people
  • a logical, simple road layout including the removal of barriers and street clutter that create unnecessary obstacles
  • black drainage channel covers four metres out from the building line on each side of Exhibition Road, to provide a clear signal to young children and partially sighted people that these sections of Exhibition Road are ‘safe areas’
  • wide strips of ‘corduroy’ warning tactile – ridged paving used to warn blind and partially sighted people of a hazard and to proceed with caution – alongside the drainage channel cover, to alert blind people to the edge of the ‘safe area’
  • wide, direct controlled pedestrian crossings

We are working with Imperial College to monitor the existing use of Exhibition Road and will continue to monitor road usage for up to two years after the scheme is implemented to assess the safety of the road.

Audio tour of Exhibition Road

We've created an audio file navigating along Exhibition Road for blind and partially sighted people. Written by Guide Dogs for the Blind, you can click to play it here, or download here: Exhibition Road guided tour (please note this is a 35Mb windows media file)