Social Inclusion Through Universal Design

In line with our commitment to put users’ needs as a priority in the spaces we build, CDL instituted a company-wide Universal Design Policy since 2011. Endorsed by CDL’s top management, the policy exceeds the mandatory requirements specified in the Code of Barrier-Free Accessibility by BCA to create an inclusive built environment in Singapore that caters to the varied needs of the public. The policy also contributes to SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), which sets out to provide safe, accessible and green public spaces to every member of society.

In 2020, Haus on Handy and The Tapestry clinched the BCA Universal Design Mark Gold Award. City Square Mall was the first and only mall in 2018 to be conferred the BCA-MSF Universal Design Mark for Family-Friendly Business. In 2019, Piermont Grand clinched the highest-tier BCA Green Mark Platinum, and the BCA Universal Design Mark GoldPLUS. Key Universal Design features include quality living spaces created through optimised block and unit design to maximise and facilitate flexibility with evolving needs of homeowners. In addition, innovative design and technology has been incorporated to support ageing-in-place, overcome undulating site conditions and/or mitigate space constraints. For example, the level difference between the development and the existing park connector has been mitigated through the provision of pedestrian and bicycle ramps. This allows residents to access the park connector easily, where both the young and old can take part in fitness activities.

To continue to raise standards, CDL aims to achieve at least BCA Green Mark GoldPLUS for the Universal Design certification of all its new developments to integrate user-centric philosophy into our design, operations and maintenance and contribute largely to an inclusive and barrier-free built environment.

City Square Mall