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Birmingham brings the seventh CIC Inclusive Environment Recognition for HMRC

Posted: 14th December 2022

CIC has awarded HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) ‘Inclusive Environments Recognition’ for their application of the CIC'S Essential Principles for creating accessible and inclusive environments at their Central Arena project located in Birmingham. This is the seventh recognition at project level for HMRC since 2020.

HMRC’s other projects which have received recognition are their Stratford Regional Hub – London; Ty William Morgan – Cardiff; Queen Elizabeth House – Edinburgh; Erskine House – Belfast; 7 & 8 Wellington Place – Leeds; and the new Government Hub at 3 Glass Wharf – Bristol.

CIC’s ‘Inclusive Environments Recognition’ has a two-stage approach. The first recognises those organisations that are following the Essentials Principles Guide and honours them with a certificate valid for a five-year period, which HMRC was awarded in 2018. The second stage acknowledges individual buildings or projects undertaken by organisations that have already received recognition at an organisational level from CIC.

The Essential Principles Guide for Clients, Developers and Contractors was launched in 2018. In order for projects to be considered for recognition from CIC, organisations must submit the following evidence to show that they support the six essential principles:

  1. Appointment of an Inclusive Environmental Champion at Project Level
  2. Evidence that your Inclusive Design Strategy has been incorporated within the project brief and project budget
  3. An example of how the project procurement process has addressed inclusive design
  4. Evidence of the use of Access and Inclusive Design expertise and of consultation with diverse users
  5. Evidence of monitoring and appraisal of completed projects to assess outcomes and successes in creating accessible and inclusive environments
  6. List of any constraints that have prevented implementation of your Inclusive Design Strategy for example physical constraints of an existing building

Dave Clarke, Head of Workspace Design at HMRC said: “This latest recognition from CIC is greatly appreciated. It recognises that HMRC remain committed to providing colleagues with great workplaces that support all their needs, enabling them to do their best work in the most inclusive environments. I am extremely proud of my team’s contribution to inclusivity and we continue to listen and improve our workplaces in light of user’s experiences and industry best practice.”

CIC Chief Executive Graham Watts OBE said of HMRC’s latest recognition; “We would like to congratulate HMRC on yet another Inclusive Environment Recognition at project Level for their Birmingham Office. It has been inspiring to see their commitment to creating truly inclusive spaces through their seven projects that we have assessed to date.”