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National Indoor Athletics Centre

Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cyncoed Campus, Cyncoed Road, Cardiff, CF23 6XD

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include indoor athletics track and training facilities, a performance gym, sports injury clinic and physio and a bio-mechanics lab.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include an outdoor athletics track and sports pitches.

Opening Times

  • Opening times for the venue vary according to bookings/events taking place.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The campus is located off Cyncoed Road which is located off the A48.
    • Pay and Display parking is available throughout the Cyncoed Campus.
  • By Bus View
    • The 52/52A bus travels from the city centre to the Cyncoed Campus every 15 minutes during the day, via Albany Road and Penylan Road.
      During term time, the U1 MetRider bus travels from Llandaff to the Cyncoed campus every hour.
      Cardiff Metropolitan University offers a MetRider bus pass? for students and staff, which gives unlimited access to the entire Cardiff Bus network from the 1st of September till the 30th of June.
      If you take the bus more than two days of each week, the MetRider pass will save you money.
  • By Train View
    • Heath High Level and Heath Low Level railway stations are approx. 25 minutes' walk from the Cyncoed Campus, serving the area from the Rhymney and Coryton lines.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.

Site/Campus Car Park (NIAC Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located to the front of the NIAC.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are the National Indoor Athletics Centre and Cyncoed Block D.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 10+ designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 260cm x 490cm (8ft 6in x 16ft 1in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by anybody.
    • Parking charges apply for all except permit and Blue Badge holders.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
    • Payment machines are located throughout the car park.
    • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
    • Payment can be made by phone.
    • To see more information on parking policies please click here (opens new tab).
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the National Indoor Athletics Centre.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the National Indoor Athletics Centre.
    • The nearest designated bay is 30m (32yd 2ft) from the National Indoor Athletics Centre main entrance.

Outside Access (Main 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 not an intercom.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated when exiting.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • 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 not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.

Reception (Main Reception)

  • Main Reception is located to the right as you enter.
  • The desk is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
  • Comments View
    • There are turnstiles at this reception. The turnstile here is 52cm wide, shown in photograph 3. The gate is 96cm wide, shown in photograph 4.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building, via lift.
    • There is/are 4 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to additional seating in the viewing gallery.
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written and pictorial directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a fixed loop.
    • The hearing system is located at the reception.
    • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.

Eating and Drinking (Costa)

  • The following information is for the cafĂ©.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 115cm (3ft 9in).
  • The standard height for tables is 74cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are wall 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 snacks.

Main Sports Hall

  • There is a large sports hall directly ahead as you enter the building. Here there is an indoor athletics track with facilities for a variety of sports and events.

Fitness Suite (Athletics Performance Gym)

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located at the rear of the building.
    • The fitness suite is 70m (76yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is step free access to the fitness suite.
    • There are not doors into the fitness suite.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • A portable hearing loop is not available for induction.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G and 1.
    • The stairs are located to the left as you enter.
    • The stairs are approximately 8m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • There are similar staircases towards the left and right sides of the building off the corridor, shown in photographs 3 and 4. There are another 2 similar staircases on either side of the main sports hall, shown in photographs 5 and 6.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left as you enter.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G and 1.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 1000kg.
  • The lift is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 210cm (3ft 7in x 6ft 11in).
  • 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 not 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.

Seating Area

  • There is staggered seating on the first floor to view the main sports hall. The steps for the seating are deep, not clearly marked and don't have handrails. There are designated seating areas for wheelchair users, shown in photograph 2.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is written text and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 28m (30yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the left as you enter, off the main corridor.
    • There are similar accessible toilets in the standard changing rooms on the left side of the building. There are 4 changing rooms, each with a similar accessible toilet. The only difference in these other toilets is there is no non-infectious waste disposal and some are mirrored. This is shown in photographs 3 and 4. There are also 2 similar accessible toilets to the right as you enter, off the corridor. These are different in that there is no non-infectious waste disposal, the hand dryer in both is 120cm high and one of the toilets has baby changing facilities. This is shown in photographs 5 and 6.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • 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 locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 145cm x 210cm (4ft 9in x 6ft 11in).
    • 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 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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 available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and non-infectious waste disposal units.
    • 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 not 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 can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 90cm.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • There is a high colour contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • There is a poor colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the standard showers.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head.
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the ground floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located to the left as you enter.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 27m from the main entrance.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.

Standard Changing Room

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located to the left as you enter the building.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 27m (29yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 22m (24yd 2in) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 23m (25yd 6in) from the main sports hall.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the standard changing rooms.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.