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Highcross Leicester - Lower Level

5 Shires Lane, Leicester, LE1 4AN

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Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Highcross Leicester is located right in the heart of Leicester City Centre, just 20 minutes from the M1.
      From the M1, leave the motorway at junction 21 or 22 and follow signs towards the City Centre.
    • Parking for Highcross Leicester is located in the West Zone of the City Centre.
      There are 2 car parks available at Highcross Leicester; John Lewis Car Park and Rooftop Car Park.
      For directions to Highcross Leicester John Lewis Car Park, please use the postcode; LE1 4QJ.
      For directions to the Rooftop car park, please use the postcode; LE1 4FY.
  • By Bus View
    • There is a bus stop within 150 metres of the shopping centre.
    • Three park & ride schemes operate Monday to Saturday, 07:00-19:00:
      • 103 - Meynell's Gorse Service (Ratby Lane, Braunstone Crossroads LE3 3LF). This service takes you to St. Nicholas Circle only.
      • 203 - Enderby Service (Leicester Lane, Enderby LE19 2AB). This service takes you to St. Nicholas Circle.
      • 303 - Birstall Service (Loughborough Road, Birstall LE4 4NP). This service takes you to Haymarket (Clock Tower) and Causeway Lane.
    • For more information on Park & Ride services please click here (opens new tab).
  • By Train View

Getting Help and Assistance

  • For the map of the shopping centre please click here (new tab).
  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language. Please phone the venue in advance for more information.
  • British Sign Language interpreters cannot be provided on request.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/nearby.
  • There is not a designated place of safety which can be used by people with dementia, autism or learning disabilities.
  • The venue offers a quiet shopping experience.
  • Highcross Leicester offers a "quiet shopping" service for people with autism and other conditions affected by sensory issues. This runs every Saturday between 09:00 and 10:00.
    For information on the quiet shopping service please click here.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • The mobility aids available include ceiling track hoists.
  • A ceiling track hoist is available in the Changing Places facility on the Upper Level.

Parking

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:00 - 20:30.
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 20:30.
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 20:30.
  • Thursday 08:00 - 20:30.
  • Friday 08:00 - 20:30.
  • Saturday 08:00 - 19:30.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 18:30.

Outside Access (Church Gate Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Church Gate.
  • This entrance gives access to the lower level of the shopping centre.
  • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
  • This entrance sign says 'Highcross'.
  • 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 (towards you).
  • The door(s) is/are double width.
  • The width of the door opening is 160cm.

Outside Access (St Peter's Square Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in St Peter's Square, opposite John Lewis.
  • This entrance gives access to the lower level of the shopping centre.
  • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
  • This entrance sign says 'Highcross'.
  • There is step-free access at this entrance.
  • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
  • There is a dark mat or floor marking at this entrance that might be perceived as a hole.
  • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
  • The door(s) is/are double width.
  • The width of the door opening is 210cm.

Outside Access (Rooftop Car Park - 24 Hour Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Shires Lane.
  • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
  • This entrance sign says 'Rooftop Car Park Pedestrian Entrance'.
  • There is step-free access at this entrance, via lift.
  • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
  • There is a dark mat or floor marking at this entrance that might be perceived as a hole.
  • 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 90cm from floor level.
  • The door(s) is/are double width.
  • The width of the door opening is 200cm.
  • There is a second set of doors.
  • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The automatic door(s) is/are push pad or push button activated.
  • The push pad or push button is 105cm from floor level.
  • The door(s) is/are double width.
  • The width of the door opening is 170cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of and just beyond the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not 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 both sides.
    • The lighting levels at the ramp/slope are good.
    • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located beyond the entrance.
    • There is/are 7 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 15cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are not between 30cm and 45cm.
    • 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 not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • The lighting levels at the step(s) are good.
  • Lift View
    • There is a lift to access this entrance.
    • The lift does not bypass the ramp/slope.
    • The lift does bypass the step(s).

Internal Area(s) (Lower Level)

  • Digital wayfinders are not available.
  • Information screens are provided to aid wayfinding.
  • Overhead signs are provided to aid wayfinding.
  • Wall mounted signs are provided to aid wayfinding.
  • The type of flooring in this area is carpet and tiles.
  • There is 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.
  • The following types of seating can be found in this area; sofas, chairs with armrests and chairs without armrests.
  • 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 played in this area.
  • Background music is played in all public areas.
  • There is step free access in this area.
  • There is a very slight slope between the cash machines and Foot Locker.
    There is a very slight slope in the middle of the concourse between Footasylum and JD Sports.

Room(s) (Multi Faith Room)

  • The room surveyed was Multi Faith Room.
  • The Multi Faith Room is located on the Lower Level, between JD Sports and Footasylum.
  • There is wayfinding signage for the room(s).
  • Signage for the room(s) is available in upper and lower case lettering, that is clearly visible.
  • The corridor outside the room(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • The colour contrast between the external door and wall is good.
  • The colour contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
  • There is step free access into the room(s).
  • The door opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the room(s).
  • The door(s) for the room(s) is/are not push pad activated.
  • The door opens towards you (pull) to a width of 95cm.
    The door is locked by a lever twist lock.
  • The door has a closer and maybe difficult for some to open.
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the room(s).
  • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is good.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • There is a coat hook at height 190cm.
    There are low level washing facilities within the room.

Guest Services Counter (Lower Level)

  • The counter is located in the middle of the Lower Level concourse.
  • There is step-free access to the counter.
  • There is a clear unobstructed route to the counter.
  • There are windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the counter which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
  • The counter is placed in front of a background which is patterned.
  • The lighting levels at the counter are good.
  • The height of the counter is 107cm.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
  • There is a lowered section of the counter.
  • The height of the lowered section of the counter is 76cm.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the lowered section of the counter.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered section of the counter.
  • There is not a digital wayfinding touchscreen at the counter.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system at the counter.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Lower Level - Left Facility - Right Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • The accessible toilet was out of use at the time of the survey.
  • This accessible toilet is located on the Lower Level between Footasylum and JD Sports.
  • 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 outwards.
  • The door is easy to open.
  • The door is locked by a twist lock.
  • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 94cm (3ft 1in).
  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
  • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
  • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is good.
  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 128cm x 185cm (4ft 2in x 6ft 1in).
  • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
  • The lighting levels are moderate to 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 65cm (2ft 2in).
  • The transfer space is obstructed by a waste disposal bin.
  • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side (on top of the cistern).
  • 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 nappy/incontinence items bin disposal units.
  • There is a/are coat hook(s).
  • The height of the coat hook is 137cm 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 48cm (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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
  • There is a wash basin.
  • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • The height of the wash basin is 73cm (2ft 5in).
  • 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.
  • There is not a towel dispenser.
  • There is a hand dryer.
  • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The height of the hand dryer is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is poor.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Lower Level - Right Facility - Right Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • This accessible toilet is located on the Lower Level between Footasylum and JD Sports.
  • 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 outwards.
  • The door is easy to open.
  • The door is locked by a twist lock.
  • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 95cm (3ft 1in).
  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
  • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
  • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is good.
  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 130cm x 182cm (4ft 3in x 5ft 12in).
  • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
  • The lighting levels are moderate to 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 65cm (2ft 2in).
  • The transfer space is obstructed by a waste disposal bin.
  • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side (on top of the cistern).
  • 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 is fully functional.
  • 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 nappy/incontinence items bin disposal units.
  • There is a/are coat hook(s).
  • The height of the coat hook is 138cm 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 48cm (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 105cm (3ft 5in).
  • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
  • There is a wash basin.
  • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • The height of the wash basin is 73cm (2ft 5in).
  • 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 can be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The height of the soap dispenser is 112cm.
  • There is not a towel dispenser.
  • There is a hand dryer.
  • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The height of the hand dryer is 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is poor.

Parent and Baby Room (Lower Level)

  • There is a parent and baby room for public use.
  • The parent and baby room is located on the Lower Level, next to the standard male toilets.
  • There is step-free access to the parent and baby room.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the room.
  • There is pictorial signage on or near the parent and baby room door.
  • 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 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • There are disposal facilities in the parent and baby room.
  • There is a wash basin in the parent and baby room.
  • The height of the wash basin is 88cm.
  • The wash basin tap type is sensor.
  • There is a/are chair(s) in the parent and baby room.
  • There is a chair with armrests on both sides.
  • There is a toilet in the parent and baby room.
  • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
  • The lighting levels are good.

Parent and Baby Room (Lower Level - Female Standard Toilets)

  • There is a parent and baby room for public use.
  • The parent and baby room is located on the Lower Level, within the female standard toilets.
  • There is step-free access to the parent and baby room.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the room.
  • There is pictorial signage on or near the parent and baby room door.
  • 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 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • There are not disposal facilities in the parent and baby room.
  • There is a wash basin in the parent and baby room.
  • The height of the wash basin is 73cm.
  • The wash basin tap type is sensor.
  • There is a/are chair(s) in the parent and baby room.
  • There is not a chair with armrests on both sides.
  • There is not a toilet in the parent and baby room.
  • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
  • The lighting levels are good.

Other Floors (Highcross Leicester Shopping Centre and Rooftop Car Park)

  • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
  • The stairs are located from the Lower Level next to lifts and shop Typo.
  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to enter and exit the stairwell on all floors.
  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are Lower Level, Upper Level, and Rooftop Car Park Levels 1, 2 and 3.
  • 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 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 not 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 provided on landings.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are good.

Escalator(s) (Highcross Shopping Centre Lower Level to Upper Level)

  • Wayfinding signage is not provided for escalators.
  • The escalators go both up and down.
  • The floors which are accessible by escalator(s) are Lower and Upper Levels.
  • 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.
  • There is/are 3 escalator area(s) along the Lower Level concourse.
  • The other escalator area(s) is/are similar.

Lift (Highcross Leicester Shopping Centre and Rooftop Car Park Lower Level - Next to Typo)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the lower level, next to the Typo shop.
  • There are 2 other lifts in this location.
  • The other lifts have very similar/identical specifications.
  • 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, Upper Level and Rooftop Car Park Levels 1, 2 and 3.
  • 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 fair.
  • The clear door width is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 197cm x 167cm (6ft 6in x 5ft 6in).
  • 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 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.

Lift (Highcross Leicester Shopping Centre and Rooftop Car Park Lower Level - Next to Build-A-Bear)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located between Build-A-Bear and Barrhead Travel.
  • There is 1 other lift in this location.
  • The other lift has very similar/identical specifications.
  • 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, Upper Level and Rooftop Car Park Levels 1, 2 and 3.
  • 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.
  • The external controls for the lift are not 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 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 195cm x 200cm (6ft 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 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.