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Paddock Lodge

Aintree Racecourse, Ormskirk Road, Aintree, Liverpool, L9 5AS

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Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • From the south, leave M6 at J21A and join M62 west. Leave M62 at J6 to join M57, follow signs for races. From North Leave M6 at J26 and join M58, follow signs for races. From Mersey Tunnels follow signs for Preston, then for A59, then signs for races. The main entrance to the racecourse via Grand National Avenue is just off Ormskirk Road (A59). Please use this entrance for conference and events. For Sat Nav users, please enter the postcode L9 5AS.
    • There is parking for up to 1,800 cars. Car parking is available for free at Aintree on non Grand National meetings. For the Randox Health Grand National Festival car parking is limited and must be purchased in advance. To enquire or make a booking, call the Booking Line on 0344 579 3001. Parking needs to be pre-booked and is not available for purchase on the day.
  • By Bus View
  • By Train View
    • The nearest Railway Station is Aintree.
    • The easiest way to reach Aintree is by train. The nearest mainline station to Aintree is Liverpool Lime Street. Liverpool Central Station is just a short walk from Lime Street, where you can catch a train to Aintree. Aintree Station is directly opposite the racecourse, where regular trains run every 15 minutes on racedays (more frequently during The Randox Health Grand National Festival).
    • For more information on National Rail please click here (opens new tab).

Getting Help and Assistance

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Outside Access (Paddock Lodge Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the side of Paddock Lodge.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • There is a dark mat or floor marking at this entrance that might be perceived as a hole.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a member of staff available for assistance at this entrance.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a slope with a very easy incline.

Getting Around (Paddock Lodge)

  • Access View
    • There is step-free access throughout the building via lift(s).
  • Circulation View
    • There are not doors in corridors/walkways which have to be opened manually.
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is carpet and vinyl.
    • There is some flooring in corridors/walkways which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • There is some flooring in corridors/walkways which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • Handrails with a rounded or oval profile are not provided in corridors/walkways.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • Access to other floors/levels is via stairs and lift.
  • Signage View
    • Wayfinding signage is provided.
    • The colour, design and typeface of signs is consistent throughout the building.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system in the public areas of the building.

Earth Summit's Education Room - Ground Floor

  • The Earth Summit's Education Room is located to the left when entering Paddock Lodge.
  • The room is used for different events and occasions.
  • There are double doors 154cm wide leading into the room.
  • The doors are heavy and open inwards (push).
  • The flooring in the room is carpet and the lighting is good.
  • There are tables and chairs within the room.
  • The tables are not permanently fixed and have a height of 74cm.
  • The chairs are not permanently fixed and none have armrests.
  • Within the room are portable service counters with a height of 101cm.
  • Small TV viewing screens are placed high upon the walls.
  • The height at the bottom of the large TV viewing screen is 100cm.

Seabass' Kitchen - Ground Floor

  • Seabass' Kitchen is located at the rear of the ground floor corridor.
  • The room is used for different events and occasions.
  • There are double doors that are 154cm wide leading into the room.
  • The doors are heavy and push away from you.
  • The flooring in the room is wood and the lighting is good.
  • Chairs are not permanently fixed and none have armrests.
  • There is a fixed service counter with a height of 105cm (there is no lowered section).
  • Portable service counters with a height of 105cm are also located in the room.
  • Small television viewing screens are placed high upon the walls.
  • A sliding partition can be opened to join the room up with The Red Rum Lounge.

The Red Rum Lounge - Ground Floor

  • The Red Rum Lounge is located to the right when entering Paddock Lodge.
  • The room is used for different events and occasions.
  • There are double doors 154cm wide leading into the room.
  • The doors are heavy and push away from you.
  • The flooring in the room is wood and the lighting is good.
  • There are tables and chairs within the room.
  • The tables are not permanently fixed and have a height of 74cm.
  • The chairs are not permanently fixed and none have armrests.
  • Small television viewing screens are placed high upon the walls.
  • The lounge has a sliding partition and can be opened up to be joined with Seabass' Kitchen.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Ground Floor)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The accessible toilet surveyed is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of the ground floor corridor.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the Paddock Lodge entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from a steward.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is light.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 157cm x 224cm (5ft 2in x 7ft 4in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The toilet has a non-slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and non-infectious waste disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 150cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a backrest.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 108cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • Taps have clear markings to indicate hot and cold settings.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 124cm.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 119cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The baby change table is not set against the wall, permanently fixed at 75cm from the floor.
    • The baby change table is not height adjustable.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 82cm (2ft 8in).

Other Floors (Paddock Lodge)

  • Stairs View
    • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
    • The stairs are for public use.
    • The stairs are located immediately beyond the Paddock Lodge entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 5m from the Paddock Lodge Entrance.
    • The stairs are clearly visible from the entrance.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1.
    • There are 15 steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 20cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a landing.
    • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels at the steps are good.

Lift (Paddock Lodge)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located towards the rear of the ground floor corridor.
  • Signs indicating the location of the lift are not available from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 11m (12yd 1in) from the Paddock Lodge Entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is good.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 140cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are no separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is not a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.

Aldaniti's Room - First Floor

  • Aldaniti's Room is located to the right when exiting the lift on the first floor.
  • The room is used for different events and occasions.
  • There are double doors that are 156cm wide leading into the room.
  • The doors are heavy and push away from you.
  • The flooring in the room is carpet and the lighting is good.
  • Chairs are not permanently fixed and none have armrests.
  • There is a small fixed service counter/bar with a height of 90cm.
  • Small television viewing screens are placed high upon the walls.
  • The lounge has a folding partition and can be opened up to be joined with Lottery's Library.

Lottery's Library

  • Lottery's Library is located to the right when exiting the lift on the first floor.
  • The room is used for different events and occasions.
  • A single door 88cm wide leads into the room.
  • The doors are heavy and push away from you.
  • The flooring in the room is carpet and the lighting is good.
  • Tables are not permanently fixed and range from 68cm to 74cm high.
  • Chairs are not permanently fixed and some have armrests.
  • Sofas with armrests are placed around the edge of the room.
  • Small television screens are placed high upon the walls.
  • A large television screen is in the corner of the room.
  • The height to the bottom of the television screen is 95cm.
  • The room has a folding partition and can be opened up to be joined with Aldiniti's room.

Hft Smarthouse Room

  • The Hft Smarthouse Room is located opposite the lift on the first floor.
  • The room is used for different events and occasions.
  • There are double doors that are 156cm wide leading into the room.
  • The doors are heavy and push away from you.
  • The flooring in the room is carpet and the lighting is good.
  • There are tables and chairs within the room.
  • The tables are not permanently fixed and range in height of 70 to 74cm high.
  • The chairs are not permanently fixed and all have armrests.
  • There are also low cushioned stools that are 46cm high.
  • Small television screens are placed high upon the walls.

Standard Toilet(s) (First Floor)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the right of the lift on the first floor.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the lift.
    • There is step-free access to the female toilet(s).
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the right of the lift on the first floor.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • There is step-free access to the male toilet(s).
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are good.

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