More CBD buildings to become friendlier for people with mobility problems

Skyline in the central business district (CBD) consisting of The Fullerton Bay Hotel and NTUC Income building, among other skyscrapers. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Skyline in the central business district (CBD) consisting of The Fullerton Bay Hotel and NTUC Income building, among other skyscrapers. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) is seeking to improve accessibility to the Central Business District (CBD) and Singapore's parks and public spaces for the disabled and those with impaired mobility.

It announced on Wednesday at the inaugural Singapore Universal Design Week that it will focus on getting existing buildings in the CBD to install features such as ramps, lifts and accessible toilets. About 70 out of the 150 buildings there lack barrier-free accessibility features, the BCA found.

The BCA, working with the National Parks Board, is also extending its BCA Universal Design Mark certification scheme to parks and public spaces.

In addition, it has launched a smartphone app for people to get information about the accessibility and user-friendliness of more than 2,800 buildings in Singapore.