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Springvale Centre - E3 Building

Belfast Metropolitan College, 398 Springfield Road, Belfast, BT12 7DU

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COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in December 2020.
  • Modifications have been made in some areas and new practices and protocols have been put in place to follow Government and Public Health guidelines.
  • The primary control for personal hygiene is that all staff and students regularly wash their hands.
  • Upon entering the Campus you may be required to queue at each main entrance, please ensure that you adhere to any social distancing guidelines as you enter the campus.
  • Please use the additional bins provided if you wish to dispose of any items before entering the campus.
  • Sanitising stations are located at all campus entrances and you will be required to sanitise your hands before making you way into the building.
  • One way systems have been placed in some parts of each campus but where this is not possible you are asked to keep left. You are asked to keep moving in corridors and not to congregate outside classrooms or offices.
  • Additional hand sanitising stations are located throughout corridors. These may be wall mounted or on stands.
  • Items of furniture have been moved in corridors to prevent any pinch points.
  • The frequency of cleaning has increased in each campus with regular cleaning of high contact points such as door handles and vending machines.
  • Each classroom has been set out to comply with social distancing guidelines and protective screens have been placed at the lecturers desks.
  • Staff and students are reminded not to move any desks or chairs from their current locations and are encouraged to open windows to provide natural ventilation. Where not possible fresh air will be provide through mechanical means.
  • In some locations where the room cannot physically space desks apart it is indicated where you can sit by means of a tick or a cross.
    As you enter the classroom everyone will be asked to sanitise their work station or desk prior to taking their seat. Please dispose of any paper towels in the bin provided in each classroom.
  • All reception counters have been provided with protective screens for everyone’s safety. If you require assistance please follow the signs and wait for assistance.
  • The use of lifts in each campus is restricted to one person unless you are being accompanied by a support worker.
  • The number of people using toilets will be restricted so that each campus can meet social distancing standards. Signage has been placed in these spaces indicating capacity.
  • Everyone will be expected to use good hygiene when using the toilet facilities to aid overall cleanliness.
  • Printers will remain available for use throughout the college however individual staff/students have responsibility to clean prior to use with the disinfectant and towels provided.
  • Canteens will remain open on campus. However, social distancing and queueing measures will be put in place at each campus.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .

Introduction

Getting Here

Useful Information

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Belfast.
  • The nearest mainline station is Balmoral.
  • 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 both sides of both buildings.
    • 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 7 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 380cm x 490cm (12ft 6in x 16ft 1in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 45m (49yd 8in) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 58m (63yd 1ft) from the main 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 a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does have tactile paving.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main 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.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Reception (Main Reception)

  • The desk/counter is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Comments View
    • There are security gates, 60cm standard and 90cm accessible in width, next to the reception desk, leading into the main part of the building.
    • A college swipe card is required to access these gates, although the wider gate can also be opened by reception.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Please ask at main reception or the caretakers.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Customers can charge scooters or wheelchairs at the venue.
  • Comments View
    • Some internal doors in this building are push pad operated automatic doors.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG, G and 1.
    • The stairs are located opposite the main entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 16m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the lobby, opposite the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG, G and 1.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 173cm (4ft 7in x 5ft 8in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not 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 does have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

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, Braille and tactile signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 28m (30yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the right of the lobby, by the cafe.
    • 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 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 162cm x 219cm (5ft 4in x 7ft 2in).
    • 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 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is 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 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 48cm (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 a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a toilet roll holder.
    • 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).
  • 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 toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There is an identical toilet in the same location on the lower ground and first floors.
    • There are also accessible toilets on the far left hand side of the building as you enter, on the lower ground and ground floors. These have the transfer space on the right.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located in the lower ground floor accessible toilet in the Multi Media area.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails, and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 48cm (18in).
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Standard Toilet(s)

Standard Changing Room

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing rooms are located on the lower ground floor, left as you exit the lift.
  • The standard changing room is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the lift.
  • The standard changing room is 14m (15yd 12in) from the Construction Workshops.
  • There is level access to the standard changing rooms.
  • Comments View
    • There are also Dressing Rooms located on the lower ground floor, to the right as you exit the lift, in the Multi Media area (shown in photograph 2).
    • All changing rooms contain showers accessed by medium steps.

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.