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Grand Hall

The Palace Complex, 9 Green Street, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, KA1 3BN

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Access Guide

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Introduction

  • The opening times vary according to bookings or performance taking place.
  • The Grand Hall shares the Palace Theatre box office.
  • Please see the separate Palace Theatre Detailed Access Guide for further information.

Location

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

Parking (Staff)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is at the back of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.
    • There are 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 280cm x 470cm (9ft 2in x 15ft 5in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 13m (14yd) from the accessible entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 15m (16yd) from the accessible 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 uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The car park is for the use of staff and Blue Badge holders only.
    • The photograph shows the route to the accessible entrance from the car park.

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 doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 244cm (8ft 0in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located immediately beyond the entrance.
  • There is / are 13 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are bright.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Outside Access (Accessible Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building, in the staff car park.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The bell is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The intercom is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 130cm (4ft 3in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open towards you (pull).
    • The doors are double width.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The door opening is 130cm (4ft 3in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • It is necessary for these doors to be opened from the inside.

Lift

  • There is not a lift for public use.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are -1-G-1.
  • The lift is 0m (0ft 0in) from lift 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 130cm x 150cm (4ft 3in x 4ft 11in).
  • There are not 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 controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Lighting levels are bright.

Theatre

  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • Designated seating is located the stalls at the ends of all rows.
  • Wheelchairs are left with the patron.
  • A companion may sit with you.
  • It is 10m (32ft 10in) from the designated seating area to the nearest accessible toilet.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • There is not a wheelchair to borrow.
  • Concessions are available.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium.
  • Comments View
    • It is not possible to transfer to a seat from a wheelchair.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • 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 both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting level is medium.
  • Other View
    • The services on the floors which are not accessible are art rooms and the balcony.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 35m (38yd 10in) from the accessible entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in a corridor next to the Grand Hall.
    • 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 92cm (3ft).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 160cm x 190cm (5ft 3in x 6ft 3in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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.
    • 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 coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • 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 43cm (1ft 5in).
    • 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 112cm (3ft 8in).
    • 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 not a wash basin.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is poor.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • The baby change facilities are located in the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 118cm (3ft 10in).
    • 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 can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.
  • Children are welcomed at the venue.