First phase of 'The Exchange' in Aylesbury opens

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Published by Dan Gooding at 7:30am 9th March 2019. (Updated at 8:28am 9th March 2019)

Aylesbury's new open space is officially open.

The Exchange is nearly finished and now the space between it and the cinema is now usable.

It features sculptures, inspired by the Paralympics.

The Exchange is officially open
The new building was opened yesterday evening (8th March)
The Exchange is officially open
Under the arches of The Exchange

The new building will eventually be home to four restaurants, with 47 apartments above.

Disability charity and accessibility specialist, Buckinghamshire Disability Service, has hailed the new Exchange Square in Aylesbury for its good disabled accessibility and inclusion, and said it is a fitting development for the home of the Paralympics.

The charity worked with the architects and engineers for Exchange Square at the planning stage and is delighted that its recommendations have been taken on board.

The charity has particularly welcomed the overall layout of the square, with two flat terraces linked by gently sloping cross ramps, and the flat access to the new grassed areas from the upper terrace.

Plenty of seating, some with side rails, has been provided, and steps and ramps have visual marking to help partially-sighted people.

The absence of street clutter and clear routes direct to destinations is also good for blind people and people with dementia or learning disability. Surfaces are also well drained and non-slip.

BuDS Chair of Trustees, Andrew Clark, said:

"Exchange Square is a fitting development for the home of the Paralympics, as it represents excellent practice in disabled accessibility and inclusion.

"The Square shows what can be achieved when disabled people, councils and architects work togetherh."

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