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Broadway Theatre

Barking and Dagenham College, Broadway, Barking, Essex, IG11 7LS

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About this venue

The Broadway Theatre is home to the School for the Performing Arts & Technical Theatre, The Broadway is a 360 seat working theatre with the latest sound and lighting as well as rehearsal rooms, a recording studio and a music technology room equipped to professional standards.

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include rehearsal rooms, a recording studio and a music technology room equipped to professional standards.
  • Broadway Theatre was closed at the time of survey (January 2024) and until further notice.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The theatre is located in the centre of Barking about half a mile to the east of the North Circular road. When heading anticlockwise on the north circular (A406), take the A124 exit to Barking. At the roundabout, take the second exit. At the next roundabout, take the third exit towards town centre. At the traffic lights, head straight over and on to Abbey Road and follow the road for a couple of hundred meters. At the roundabout take the first exit on to Broadway and after about 100 meters, the theatre is on your right.
    • Parking in central Barking is limited so the college recommend using public transport to access the facilities. However there is limited free parking in supermarket car parks and pay parking at the London Road multi-storey car park. There are also Blue Badge Bays located on Clockhouse Avenue
  • By Bus View
    • The nearest bus stop is the Broadway Theatre (Stop S) stop on Broadway. This stop is within 150m of the theatre. The stop is serviced by the 62, 287, 368 and 687 buses.
  • By Train View
    • Barking Station is approximately 0.3 miles from the theatre. Barking is regularly serviced by C2C trains, which run between London Fenchurch Street (some London Liverpool Street and Stratford services at weekends) and Shoeburyness (Southend). Overground trains run frequently between Barking and Gospel Oak.
  • By Underground View
    • Barking’s underground station is in zone 4, and sits on the District and Hammersmith & City lines.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.
  • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • Parking is available for Blue Badge holders at the front of the building.
    • Visitors to the theatre can use the blue badge bays used for the Learning Centre.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 146cm (4ft 9in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 146cm (4ft 9in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is / are 5 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.

Outside Access (Theatre Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Motorised scooters are welcomed in public parts of the venue.
  • Customers cannot charge scooters or wheelchairs at the venue.

Level Change (Inside Access)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located immediately beyond the entrance.
  • There is / are 5 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • There is a standard and / or platform lift to access this service.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the left as you enter.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B-E-M-G-2.
  • The lift is 11m (12yd) from theatre entrance.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 130cm x 160cm (4ft 3in x 5ft 3in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Level Change (Studios)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located at the rear of the building leading to the studios.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.

Accessible Toilet (Basement - Left Hand Transfer)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the right as you exit the lift on the basement floor.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 195cm x 245cm (6ft 5in x 8ft).
    • There is not a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 155cm (5ft 1in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • 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 124cm (4ft 1in).
    • 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 103cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • There is a low colour contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • There is a low colour contrast between the external door and wall.
    • There is a low colour contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall.
    • There is a low colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • There is a medium colour contrast between the walls and floor.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.

Standard Toilet(s)

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located within the adapted toilet.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 46cm (1ft 6in).
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Standard Changing Room

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing rooms are located at the rear of the building, on the basement floor.
  • The standard changing room is 14m (15yd) from the lift.
  • There is level access to the standard changing rooms.

Standard Shower

  • There are standard level access shower facilities available.
  • The showers are located within the standard changing room.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents are available in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.