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Brent Cross Shopping Centre - Upper Mall

Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Prince Charles Drive, Hendon, London, NW4 3FP

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Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • Staff receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • Staff receive deaf awareness training.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/near by.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The shopping centre is located in North London at NW4 3FP, Prince Charles Drive. There are various routes to Brent Cross Shopping Centre.
    • There are 6 car parks available at Brent Cross Shopping Centre; Red and Blue Car Parks, Fenwick Upper and Lower Car Parks and John Lewis Upper and Lower Car Parks.
  • By Bus View
  • By Train View
    • The nearest Railway Station is Hendon.
    • Hendon station is a 12 to 15 minute walk away. Simply exit the station onto the main road, cross over and turn left. After a few minutes, you will find Vivien Avenue on your right. Walk all the way down Vivien Avenue until it reaches the lights at Hendon Central and NatWest bank on your right. Continue walking and pass by HSBC bank and The Hendon Pub on Hendon Way. You will soon see a footpath on your right, which brings you out near Topsy Turvy World. Cross over and take the walkway through the multi-storey car park and into Brent Cross Shopping Centre.
    • For more information on National Rail please click here (opens new tab).
  • By Underground View
    • The nearest underground station is Brent Cross.
    • Brent Cross is 20 minutes from Central London on the Northern Line. Brent Cross is a short walk away from Hendon Central and Brent Cross Tube stations on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line.
    • For more information on TFL please click here (opens new tab).

Parking, Buses and Taxi Rank

Outside Access (Fenwick Car Park Upper - Upper Mall 4 Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the right of the Fenwick Car Park Upper.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 180cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 180cm.

Outside Access (John Lewis Car Park Upper - Upper Mall 6 Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the left of the John Lewis Car Park Upper.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 157cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 157cm.

Escalator(s) (Mall 2)

  • Escalator(s) View
    • Escalators can be used to access other floors.
    • The escalator(s) is/are located in Malls 1, 2 and 3.
    • The escalator(s) is/are clearly visible from the entrance.
    • The escalators go both up and down.
    • The floors which are accessible by escalator(s) are Lower Mall and Upper Mall.
    • The escalator(s) steps are clearly marked.
    • The foot and head of the escalator(s) are clearly marked.
    • The lighting levels at the escalator(s) are good.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar additional escalators available within Malls 1 and 3.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in Mall 2, in the centre of the shopping centre.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are Lower Mall and Upper Mall.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is poor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is poor.
  • The clear door width is 105cm (3ft 5in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 165cm x 200cm (5ft 5in x 6ft 7in).
  • There are no separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is not a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.
  • There is a/are similar lift(s) available.

Counter (Customer Services)

  • Counter View
    • The counter is located in the centre of the Upper Mall.
    • There is step free access to the counter.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the counter.
    • There are no windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the counter which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The counter is not placed in front of a background which is patterned.
    • The lighting levels at the counter are good.
    • The height of the counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is a lowered section of the counter.
    • The lowered section of the counter is not at the recommended height of 76cm.
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the lowered section of the counter.
    • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the lowered section of the counter.
    • The counter is staffed.
    • There is a hearing assistance system at the counter.
    • The type of system is a portable loop.
    • The hearing assistance system is signed.
    • Staff are trained to use the system.
    • The type of flooring in this area is vinyl.
  • Waiting Area View
    • There is not a waiting area close to the counter.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building.
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is vinyl.
    • There is some flooring in corridors/walkways which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • Handrails with a rounded or oval profile are provided in some corridors/walkways.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in the majority of corridors/walkways.
    • There is bench seating and single seats with armrests at regular intervals.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There are kiosks located along the centre of the concourse.
    • Access to other floors/levels is via escalator and lift.
  • Signage View
    • Wayfinding signage is provided.
    • The colour, design and typeface of signs is consistent throughout the building.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music in public areas.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Upper Mall)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The accessible toilet surveyed is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is located next to Body Shop.
    • There is step free access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is light.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 165cm x 260cm (5ft 5in x 8ft 6in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The toilet has not got a non slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There are dropdown rails on both sides of the toilet.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and non-infectious waste disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • There are coat hooks in the toilet at 110cm and 150cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a backrest.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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).
    • There are no vertical wall-mounted grab rails at the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is sensor.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 90cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • 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).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab 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 good.

Standard Toilet(s) (Upper Mall)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located next to Body Shop.
    • There is step free access to the female and male toilet(s).
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • The wash basin tap type is sensor.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the standrd female and male toilets.
    • There is step free access to the baby change facilities.
    • The baby change table is not set against the wall, permanently fixed at 75cm from the floor.
    • The baby change table is not height adjustable.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 100cm (3ft 3in).

Escalator(s) (Upper Mall to Food Court)

  • Escalator(s) View
    • Escalators can be used to access other floors.
    • The escalator(s) is/are located at the rear of the upper mall.
    • The escalators go both up and down.
    • The floors which are accessible by escalator(s) are Upper Mall and Food Court.
    • The escalator(s) steps are clearly marked.
    • The foot and head of the escalator(s) are clearly marked.
    • The lighting levels at the escalator(s) are good.

Other Floors (Blue / Red Car Park and Brent Cross Upper Mall / Food Hall)

  • Stairs View
    • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
    • The stairs are for public use.
    • The stairs are located on level 1 of the blue and red car parks and at the rear of the upper mall.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to enter and exit the stairwell on all floors.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2, 3 and 4.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 13cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The steps have a handrail 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 not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a landing.
    • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels at the steps are good.

Lift (Blue / Red Car Park and Brent Cross Upper Mall / Food Hall)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of the Upper Mall.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff needs to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do not contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is poor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • The clear door width is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 195cm x 175cm (6ft 5in x 5ft 9in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.
  • There is a/are similar lift(s) available.

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