Accessibility in Commercial buildings design: An Indispensable Aspect

Press release 4/30/2024 10:00 AM CET

Accessibility is increasingly recognized as a crucial aspect of architecture, with companies across the globe acknowledging its importance in creating inclusive environments. Based on its commitment to inclusivity and sustainability,  Skanska places a significant focus on accessibility. To ensure that it is thoughtfully designed and implemented, the company collaborates with the social impact company, Access4you, aiming to achieve the highest qualification of access4you® certification in its buildings.


Starting with the development of Nordic Light Trio, Skanska pledged to attain the highest accessibility certifications for its buildings. In line with this, H2Offices continued this path, maintaining and further enhancing the high standards of accessibility. From the design phase of its projects, Skanska focuses on removing barriers to accessibility, ensuring all aspects of its buildings, from the external environment to internal facilities, are friendly to everyone. This includes motorized entrance doors, touchless solutions, wide access paths, dedicated restrooms for disabled people on every floor, and operational support such as sign language interpretation programs and portable induction loops for hearing-impaired persons.

 “Skanska's approach to accessibility goes beyond compliance; it views inclusivity as one of the main pillars of each investment. Our aim is not just to meet but to exceed the accessibility requirements set by Access4you with the first phase of H2Offices, which got a Gold certification from Access4you.” said András Ábrahám, the project director for H2Offices at Skanska’s commercial development unit in Hungary. “Guided by them, we continually explore new accessibility features that are practical and create significant value.”- he added.

Design Considerations for Unmatched Accessibility

Skanska's approach considers every aspect of a building's accessibility, including:

  • External Environment and Approach: Ensuring easy access to buildings through close proximity to public transport, safe approach routes, car parking with dished kerbs, and entrances featuring ramps and steps designed for ease of use.
  • Vertical and Horizontal Circulation: Facilitating movement within buildings with well-designed lifts, corridors, and open-plan areas that are navigable and safe for all users.
  • Facilities: Focusing on the independence of all users to access the provided facilities, including reception areas designed for ease of communication and accessible restrooms.
  • Interior Design: Enhancing the user experience through thoughtful interior design that prioritizes navigation, ease of use, and safety.
  • Evacuation/Emergencies: Ensuring the safety of all users in emergency situations with well-located emergency equipment and clearly highlighted safety zones.


The successful implementation of these measures in H2Offices sets an industry benchmark and serves as a foundation for the design and development of the company’s next project.

Why is Accessibility Important?

Making buildings easily accessible by everybody has many benefits. Firstly, an accessible environment significantly broadens the pool of potential talent for employers, enabling them to tap into a diverse range of skilled individuals. This inclusivity is not only beneficial for hiring but also for retaining valued employees who might acquire a disability, ensuring their continued contribution to the organization. Furthermore, accessibility allows more people with disabilities to access and utilize services and facilities, fostering a more inclusive society. Beyond inclusivity, the safety enhancements inherent in accessible design can lead to a reduction in accidents. This, in turn, may lower insurance premiums due to decreased risk. All of these are very tangible advantages.” - said András Ábrahám.

Securing the Future Through Inclusivity

In collaboration with Access4you, Skanska has integrated accessibility considerations into every phase of design and development. This partnership allows the developer to leverage Access4you's expertise in creating user-friendly spaces that meet the varied needs of all individuals. As Skanska prepares for the next phases of H2Offices and the newest project called Hold, it reinforces its commitment to creating office environments that are not only sustainable and efficient but also fully accessible.