A WHEELCHAIR user was furious after finding her space on a train had been taken up with suitcases and luggage. Becky Whitworth, 27, was travelling with her mum and sister from Dundee to Doncaster on the London North Eastern Railway (LNER) train service after a long weekend. When she got on the connecting train at York for the second half of her journey, she found that her reserved space was completely filled with other travellers’ luggage. She told The Sun: “The guard put me on, saw all the bags said ‘oh that’s your reserved space but it’s ok,’ then put me at the opposite side which isn’t for wheelchair users. “So as my chair wasn’t backed up against anything solid, my sister had to stand and hold my chair steady to prevent it tipping.” To make matters worse, Becky had been made to get a train six hours earlier than the one she had wanted as LNER ironically told that her preferred service had no space available. Her … [Read more...] about Wheelchair user furious to find reserved space on train piled high with passengers’ suitcases
Disability campaigners have scored a major victory as the government is recommending that no more shared spaces be built in the UK because of the safety risk to vulnerable people. Shared space schemes, where pedestrians, cyclists and drivers are given equal right of way, have been described as "dangerous and discriminatory" by campaigners who have called for all new projects to be halted. The government announced on Wednesday (July 25), that councils should halt these schemes in response to pressure from groups including the National Federation of the Blind UK (NFBUK) and disability minister Sarah Newton MP. NFBUK president Andrew Hodgson said: "This is brilliant news and I would like to thank all the other 48 organisations who backed out petition to halt shared space design guidance, which will have to include kerbs and controlled crossings to ensure pedestrians do not have to share space with vehicles." In Bristol, the most prominent example of shared space is the recently completed … [Read more...] about Why spaces like this could become a thing of the past in Bristol
The boom in Manchester co-working is about to move to the next level. Schroder Real Estate Investment Management has submitted plans to create a bespoke co-working event space at the podium level of City Tower, overlooking Piccadilly Gardens. The 2,645 sq ft space, designed by architects and tenants of the building Sheppard Robson, will include a sheltered terrace area with panoramic views of Piccadilly Gardens. The event space will allow tenants to mix and share ideas, a response to changing patterns of behaviour in the workplace, Schroders said. The move comes as WeWork, a giant among co-working busses with a valuation now in excess of $20 billion, ponders a third Manchester outlet on top of new co-working centres at Spinningfield and St Peter’s Square. Well-sourced market speculation, reported by Property Week, suggests that will team up with Amazon to take 92,000 sq ft at Hermes Hanover House, Corporation Street – part of the NOMA development around Victoria Station. … [Read more...] about Manchester’s latest co-working space could overlook Piccadilly Gardens
"Modern family diversity" has been recognised with the trial introduction of 24 different versions of family parking space signs at Westfield London . The white painted icons cover a range of family units from "male couple with baby" and "older parent" to "pregnant mum with female partner and baby". The car park redesign, which you can see at the Shepherd's Bush shopping centre until July 29, was the brainchild of Volvo Car UK as it marks the launch of its new V60 mid-sized estate car. A spokesperson said feedback from Westfield customers so far showed the idea had "proven popular" with them. Read More Westfield news The parking spaces can be found in Car Park A at Westfield, on Level 1 by lift lobby 2 near Waitrose and Marks & Spencer. Volvo said that over the years "the definition of family has evolved, hence the icons profile different examples of family within society, including same-sex couples, single parents and nuclear families". 'Modern family' parking space designs … [Read more...] about Have you seen Westfield’s new ‘family diversity’ parking spaces?
Of all the luxuries astronauts must leave behind on Earth – Sunday roasts, hot baths, a conventional working toilet – a glass of fine champagne might not be the most obviously missed. Yet astronauts – and orbiting tourists with a taste for bubbles – are who Maison Mumm have in mind for a new bottle due for release later this year. In September, the centuries-old champagne house will launch the Mumm Grand Cordon Stella – an innovative, if slightly niche, piece of technology that will allow space travellers to enjoy a glass of fizz in zero gravity. The unique design of the bottle (branded with their signature red stripe), and accompanying glass, is the result of a three-year partnership with budding space design company, Spade, who believe they’ve popped the cork on luxury space travel. “For the last 40 years, space travel has been shaped by engineers rather than designers. Instead of seeing zero gravity as a problem, we look at it as a design … [Read more...] about Could we soon be raising a glass of Champagne in space?