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Chelmsford County Hall

Chelmsford County Hall, County Hall, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1QH

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include The facilities within this venue are for Essex County Council staff only.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include Blue Badge bays which can be pre-book booked for members of the public and they will be greeted at the entrance shown in this guide by a member of staff or security.
  • Comments View
    • B Block is not generally accessible to the public.
    • Staff can access B Block at anytime if cleared by security.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Chelmsford.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

Outside Access (B Block Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the venue in the council members car park.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are single width with a locked extension leaf.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 80cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right as you face the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The handrail(s) is/are on the left going up.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 125cm (4ft 1in).
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located to the right as you face the entrance.
    • There is/are 2 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are not between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 12cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to the ground floor.
    • B Block can also be accessed, at upper ground floor level, from the main County Hall entrance on Market Road.
    • Please see the separate County Hall - E Block Detailed Access Guide for further information.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG, G, UG, 1, 2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are 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.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.

Lift (B Block Entrance)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located immediately beyond the entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG, G, UG, 1, 2.
  • The lift is approximately 1m (3ft 3in) from the B Block entrance.
  • Staff do 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 140cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are 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 controls for the lift are not within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The controls are 90 - 115cm in height.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is low to moderate.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left of the main corridor.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B, G, 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • The lift is approximately 67m (73yd 10in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 280cm x 95cm (9ft 2in x 3ft 1in).
  • 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 not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is good.

Additional Info

  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • The assistance dog toilet area is located to the rear of the council members car park.