The third annual Blue Badge Style Awards today announced the judges, key sponsors, venue and mixologist supporting the event. The Awards recognise the effort that stylish hotels, restaurants and bars have made to attract guests with disabilities.
Tina Norden, Project Director at Conran and Partners
Christos Passas, Design Director, ZHA (Architects)
Alex Taylor, Freelance Journalist, published in The New Statesman, The Telegraph, Independent, Guardian and International Business Times.
The Awards will be made at a ceremony and cocktail party at Lutyens Restaurant, London at 6pm on 5th October.
Top mixologist, Tony Conigliaro, has prepared one of his signature cocktails with a Blue Badge Style twist for the Awards.
Conran and Partners have designed of some of the most accessible places in the world and are now sponsoring the Best Restaurant Award. Historic England is sponsoring the Listed Building Award and accessible bathroom maker, HEWI, has also lent its support.
The awards will be presented by Founder, Fiona Jarvis and Broadcaster, Mik Scarlet.
Carers go free and tickets for the ceremony are available at EventBrite for a nominal fee. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blue-badge-style-awards-ceremony-tickets-26828300168
Founder, Fiona Jarvis, says “We are passionate about helping people with disabilities to lead an exciting social life. As those of us with a disability know; style remains, despite disability”. She continues, “the awards are about promoting stylish venues which also have good access and facilities. Too often people with disabilities don’t go out because they don’t know what to expect when they get there. We want to change that with our awards and app”.
Blue Badge Style reviews a venue’s facilities, access and style and awards up to 3 ticks. This year there will be new awards for the hospitality sector and the team would like to hear your nominations for:
- Best Venue in a Listed Building – Sponsored by Historic England
- Most Accessible Bar (upmarket & budget)
- Most Accessible Restaurant (upmarket & budget) – Sponsored by Conran and Partners
- Most Accessible Hotel (upmarket and boutique)
- Best Disabled Loo
- Most Ludicrous Loo
- Best European Venue
- Above & Beyond – for the venue or company who has made a special effort
Some of the things Blue Badge Style looks for in a great venue are:
Access – things like ramps, unaided access, type of flooring, space to move around in a wheelchair or with a stick, noise levels which aid people with hearing difficulties.
Facilities – where is the disabled loo, how easy is it to use, is everything at the right height, where are the grab rails, emergency cord etc. If it’s a hotel does it have a walk-in showers and wardrobe rails at wheelchair-user height?
Style – only you can decide what’s stylish, but we want to hear about venues with style in terms of décor and the welcome the staff extend to people with disabilities.
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