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South Hill Park Arts Centre - Main Building

South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7PA

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About this venue

South Hill Park is truly the Creative Heart of Berkshire. Housing two theatres, a dance studio, creative spaces and a cinema within the grounds of an 18th century mansion house in Bracknell. The venue offers visitors over 300 shows, events and films each year, alongside a busy programme of over 250 courses and workshops. Visitors can expect a fairly eclectic mix of entertainment; from big-named comedians on their warm up tours to nationally renowned ballet companies, quality in-house drama and an annual pantomime. For those wishing to truly immerse themselves, there are a range of courses and workshops in arts and crafts, drama, dance and digital media.

Access Guide

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Introduction

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Bracknell.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Bracknell.

Opening Times

  • Monday 09:00 - 23:00.
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 23:00.
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 23:00.
  • Thursday 09:00 - 23:00.
  • Friday 09:00 - 23:00.
  • Saturday 09:00 - 23:00.
  • Sunday 11:00 - 22:30.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is at the front of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There are 8 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 330cm x 460cm (10ft 10in x 15ft 1in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 22m (24yd) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 34m (37yd) 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 / non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop off Point View
    • There is a designated drop off point.
    • The drop off point is located in front of the venue.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the drop off point.
    • There is not tactile paving on the dropped kerb.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the venue.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are single width.
  • The door opening is 98cm (3ft 3in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are single width.
    • The door opening is 96cm (3ft 2in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • The doors are touch pad operated.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Outside Access (Terrace Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 88cm (2ft 11in) wide.

Level Change (Terrace Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located to the side of the terrace entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • Comments View
    • The access consists of two ramps with a level landing between them.

Reception (Box Office)

  • The reception desk is 4m (13ft 1in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is medium height.
  • The desk does not have a lowered section.
  • Lighting levels are bright.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played in the bar.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

Level Change (Courtyard)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located leading down to the service.
  • There is / are 6 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are deep.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • There is a standard and / or platform lift to access this service.

Lift (Courtyard)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the end of the main corridor.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG-G.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is 26m (28yd) from main entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 90cm x 135cm (2ft 11in x 4ft 5in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in 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 reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do not have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is low.

Level Change (Studio Theatre)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located leading up to the service.
  • There is / are 4 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are low.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are deep.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Level Change (Studio 1)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located leading up to the service.
  • There is / are 3 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are deep.
  • The steps do have handrails.

Level Change (Studio 2)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located leading up to the service.
  • There is / are 2 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-U1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the left going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting level is low.

Lift

  • There is not a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you enter.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-U1.
  • The lift is 11m (12yd) from main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 118cm x 150cm (3ft 10in x 4ft 11in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lift controls do have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Cinema

  • The cinema has 1 screens.
  • All screens have level access.
  • Seating and additional access information View
    • Films are mainly art.
    • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.
    • Designated spaces are situated in the middle of the cinema.
    • Wheelchairs may be left with the patron.
    • It is 16m (17yd 1ft) from the foyer to the accessible toilet.
    • It is 18m (19yd 2ft) from the accessible toilet to the furthest screen.
    • This venue does not have audio description.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The hearing system is a fixed loop.
    • Staff are trained to use the system.
    • Subtitles are not available.
    • Concessions are not available.
    • Assistance dogs are allowed in the cinema.
    • There is a wheelchair to borrow.
    • To borrow the wheelchair, contact the venue.

Restaurant Bar Internal (Atrium Bar)

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.
  • Food is available from the bar.
  • Full table service is available.
  • There is not a lowered section at the service counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 16m (17yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 45cm (1ft 6in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 64cm (2ft 1in).
  • Menus are hand held only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right as you enter.
    • 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 twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 170cm x 190cm (5ft 7in x 6ft 3in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 70cm (2ft 4in).
    • 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 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 114cm (3ft 9in).
    • 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 external door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There is an additional accessible toilet with similar specifications on the upper first floor.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • The baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are not available in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.