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Castlereagh Centre - Block 5

Belfast Metropolitan College, Montgomery Road, Belfast, BT6 9JD

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include art workshops, student radio, studios, classrooms and staff offices.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Belfast.
  • The nearest mainline station is Belfast Bridge End.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located at the front of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 4 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 470cm x 540cm (15ft 5in x 17ft 9in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the Media Building entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 16m (17yd 1ft) from the Media Building entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The distances to the bays from the Print Entrance are the same as they are to the Media Building Entrance.
    • The closest designated bay to the Art Entrance is 10m.
    • The furthest designated bay to the Art Entrance is 17m.
    • There is additional designated parking located around the college.
    • Please see the relevant guides for more information regarding parking.

Outside Access (Inclusive Learning Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front left side of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The bell is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The bell is at a height of 117cm.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a further stepped entrance to the area near the cafe entrance.
    • The first door there is 70cm wide, heavy and opens towards you.
    • The second leaf of the door is locked.
    • Beyond this there are 130cm wide double doors which open towards you.

Level Change (Inclusive Learning Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located round to the right as you face the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the left going up.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 128cm (4ft 2in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the left as you face the entrance.
  • There is/are 5 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There are 3 similar steps at the alternative entrance to this area.

Outside Access (Media Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 134cm (4ft 5in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a small lip on the threshold entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Level Change (Media Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the media entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Outside Access (Print Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the right as you face the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 133cm (4ft 4in).
  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar doors to the lower side of the building which bypass the internal Print corridor steps.

Level Change (Print Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the print entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • At the lower Print corridor entrance the slope is immediately beyond the entrance.

Reception (Inclusive Learning/Finance/Careers)

  • Inclusive Learning, Finance and Careers receptions is located to the right as you enter.
  • The desk is 11m (12yd 1in) from the Inclusive Learning entrance.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is not visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is 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/noise.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

Level Change (Print Corridor)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located on the corridor in the print section of Block 5.
  • There is/are 5 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There is an accessible entrance 150cm wide leading into the corridor from the rear of the building that bypasses these steps.

Level Change (Media Corridor to Art Rooms)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located at the end of the media corridor leading to the art rooms.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the right of the ramp.
  • There is/are 3 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the Print Entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right as you enter through the Print Entrance.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 240cm x 170cm (7ft 10in x 5ft 7in).
    • There is 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 102cm (3ft 4in).
    • 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 a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • 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.
    • 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 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the right as you enter through the print entrance.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 13m (14yd 8in) from the Print Entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • The female toilets are for staff use only and are accessed via card key.
    • The nearest available female toilets are in Block 1 opposite the sports hall.
    • Please see the Block 1 main building guide for more information regarding the female standard toilets.

Additional Info

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