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Bullring and Grand Central - Middle Level East Mall

Bullring and Grand Central, Birmingham, B5 4BU

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Getting Here

Getting Help and Assistance

  • For the map of the shopping centre please click here (new tab).
  • There is a member of staff trained in British Sign Language. Please phone the venue in advance for more information.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/nearby.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are not available.
  • There are mobility aids available.
  • The mobility aids available include wheelchairs, motorised wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact Shopmobility on 0121 632 1509.
  • Shopmobility is located on -1 level in Central Car Park. Free hire of equipment is available to members.
    For information on Shopmobility please click here .

Opening Times

  • Monday 10:00 - 20:00.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 20:00.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 20:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 20:00.
  • Saturday 09:00 - 20:00.
  • Sunday 11:00 - 17:00.

Parking

Outside Access (Saint Martin's Walk)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Saint Martin's Walk.
  • This entrance gives access to the middle level of east mall.
  • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
  • There is step-free access at this entrance.
  • There is not 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 (towards you).
  • The main automatic door(s) is/are push pad or push button activated.
  • The push pad or push button is 113cm from floor level.
  • The door(s) is/are single width.
  • The width of the door opening is 90cm.
  • Alternative access at this entrance is via double manual doors which open towards you (pull).
  • The opening width for the manual doors is 175cm.
  • Entrance View
    • There is not a member of staff available for assistance at this entrance.

Internal Area(s) (Middle Level East Mall)

  • Digital wayfinders are not available.
  • Information posts are provided to aid wayfinding.
  • The type of flooring in this area is tiles.
  • There is some flooring with a very shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.
  • There is some flooring which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
  • There are some centrally located kiosks or shops along walkways in this area.
  • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • Background music is not played in this area.
  • There is step free access in this area.
  • There is a very easy slope to access the East Mall of Bullring (photographs 1 and 2).

Escalator(s) (East Mall Main)

  • Wayfinding signage is provided for escalators.
  • The escalators go both up and down.
  • The floors which are accessible by escalator(s) are Lower Level, Middle Level and Upper Level.
  • The escalator(s) steps are not clearly marked.
  • The foot and head of the escalator(s) are not clearly marked.
  • The lighting levels at the escalator(s) are good.

Other Floors (East Mall)

  • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
  • The stairs are located in the east mall, to the right as you enter via the Moor Street entrance.
  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are Lower Level, Middle Level and Upper Level.
  • There are 15+ steps between floors.
  • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
  • The going of the step(s) is/are 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 extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
  • There is a landing.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not provided on landings.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are good.

Lift (East Mall)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the east mall, to the right as you enter via the Moor Street entrance.
  • The lift is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • 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 Level, Middle Level, Upper Level and parking levels 1 and 2.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are 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 good.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • The clear door width is 112cm (3ft 8in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 173cm x 193cm (5ft 8in x 6ft 4in).
  • There are no separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is 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 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.
  • Comments View
    • There is an easy slope to the left of this lift (photograph 3).

Accessible Toilet(s) (Middle Level - East Mall - Right Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • This accessible toilet is located on the Middle Level of the Bullring, to the right of the East Mall lifts.
  • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
  • 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 contrast between the external door and wall is good.
  • The door opens inwards.
  • The door may be difficult to open.
  • The door is locked by a locking handle.
  • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
  • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 200cm x 205cm (6ft 7in x 6ft 9in).
  • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • There is a lateral transfer space.
  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
  • The lateral transfer space is 140cm (4ft 7in).
  • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
  • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
  • There is a sensor flush.
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
  • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
  • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on the left.
  • There is not 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.
  • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
  • There is an emergency alarm.
  • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
  • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
  • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
  • There is a/are female sanitary and general waste (with lid) disposal units.
  • There is a/are coat hook(s).
  • There are coat hooks in the toilet at 90cm and 162cm from the floor.
  • There is a mirror.
  • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
  • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
  • The toilet has a wall which acts as a backrest.
  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
  • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
  • There is a toilet roll holder.
  • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The height of the toilet roll holder is 101cm (3ft 4in).
  • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is poor.
  • There is a wash basin.
  • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • The height of the wash basin is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
  • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
  • The wash basin tap type is sensor.
  • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
  • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The height of the soap dispenser is 88cm.
  • There is not a towel dispenser.
  • There is a hand dryer.
  • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The height of the hand dryer is 105cm (3ft 5in).
  • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is good.
  • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
  • There is a fixed baby change table available.
  • The height of the baby change table is 90cm.
  • Comments View
    • There is an additional accessible toilet located next to the one surveyed.

Standard Toilet(s) (Middle Level - East Mall - Male)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • The male toilet is located on the Middle Level of the Bullring, to the right of the East Mall lifts.
  • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
  • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
  • An ambulant toilet cubicle is available.
  • There is a/are horizontal wall mounted rail(s) on the left as you face the toilet.
  • There is a/are vertical wall mounted rail(s) on the right as you face the toilet.
  • The height of the wash basin(s) is 89cm.
  • The height of the lowered wash basin is 77cm.
  • The wash basin(s) tap type is sensor.
  • Lighting levels are good.
  • There are 2 ambulant cubicles in the standard toilet with baby change facilities.
  • Baby change facilities are available in the toilet that was surveyed.
  • There is a fixed baby change table available.
  • The height of the baby change table is 95cm.

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