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Union Square - Centre Management

Guild Square, Aberdeen, AB11 5RG

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Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Union Square is located in the centre of Aberdeen off South College Street, Guild Street, Market Street or Palmerston Road.
    • There are 3 car parks at Union Square offering you a total of 1700 car parking spaces. Union Square car parks are easily accessible from Market Street, Palmerston Road and College Street.
      All car parks are open 24 hours a day. The car parks are Pay and Display, with an automatic number plate recognition system in place to monitor payment.
      If you have any problems, there are help points located throughout the car park or call us on 01224 254 326 and someone will be happy to help.
      Our car parks are all monitored by CCTV and contain dedicated disabled and parent and child spaces.
      Our Multi-Storey car park also has charging points for electric vehicles. The 8 electric car charging points are available on Level 1 of the multi-storey car park. To operate these simply open the cover and plug in. There is no cost for this service.
  • By Bus View
    • There is a bus stop within 150 metres of the shopping centre.
    • Union Square is conveniently located adjacent to Aberdeen Bus Station and close to most major bus routes through Aberdeen City Centre.
      Aberdeen bound Stagecoach Bluebird buses all call at the bus station which is joined to the Union Square building.
      Local Aberdeen City buses are operated by First Aberdeen and services 3, 3G, 5, 12 and 27 stop on Guild Street outside St Magnus House.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest Railway Station is Aberdeen.
    • Union Square connects to Aberdeen Station through the doorways in the main atrium.
      Aberdeen has train services linking directly with Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness and also with London and many other destinations across England.
      The train also provides a direct link for people living in Aberdeenshire with services available from Dyce, Inverurie, Insch, Huntly, Portlethen, Stonehaven and Laurencekirk.
    • For more information on National Rail services please click here (opens new tab).

Getting Help and Assistance

  • 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.
  • The venue offers a quiet shopping experience.
  • A quiet shopping/Autism hour occurs every Sunday 11:00-12:00.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • There are mobility aids available.
  • The mobility aids available include wheelchairs, motorised wheelchairs, tri wheel walkers, mobility scooters, walking sticks and walking frames.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact Able Deen Shopmobility (01224 254 338) on Level P1.

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Entrance (Centre Management)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the first floor, between Pizza Hut and TGI Fridays.
  • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
  • This entrance sign says 'UNION SQUARE MANAGEMENT SUITE'.
  • There is step-free access at this entrance.
  • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
  • The intercom is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The height of the intercom is 125cm (4ft 1in).
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is/are double width.
  • The door(s) is/are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 180cm.
  • There is a second set of doors.
  • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is/are single width with a locked extension leaf.
  • The door(s) is/are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 83cm.
  • There is a slope with a very easy incline.
  • Comments View
    • The short very easy slope is midway along the corridor between the two sets of doors (photographs 5 to 8).

Entrance (Centre Management Reception)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the corridor.
  • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
  • This entrance sign says 'RECEPTION'.
  • There is step-free access at this entrance.
  • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is/are single width with a locked extension leaf.
  • The door(s) is/are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 84cm.

Reception

  • The reception point is located ahead as you enter.
  • The reception point is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the Centre Management Reception entrance.
  • The reception area/desk is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step-free access to the reception point.
  • There is a clear unobstructed route to the reception point.
  • There are windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the reception point which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
  • The reception counter is not placed in front of a background which is patterned.
  • The lighting levels at the reception point are good.
  • The height of the reception counter is 113cm.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
  • There is not a lowered section of the counter.
  • Clipboards can be provided to anyone who is unable to use the desk.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system at the reception point.
  • The type of flooring in the reception area is carpet.
  • There is a waiting area close to the reception point.
  • Access to the waiting area is unobstructed.
  • The following types of seating can be found in this area; armchairs and sofas.
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to use the waiting area.

Room(s) (Meeting Room 1)

  • The room surveyed was Meeting Room 1.
  • Meeting Room 1 is located ahead as you enter, to the left of reception.
  • There is not 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 is easy to open.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system for the room(s).
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the room(s).
  • There is some fixed furniture within the room(s).
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the room(s) is 68cm.
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to turn within the room.
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There are some chairs with armrests on both side within the room(s).
  • Floor coverings in the room(s) are even with no trip hazards.
  • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is good.
  • The lighting levels are good.

Room(s) (Meeting Room 2)

  • The room surveyed was Meeting Room 2.
  • Meeting Room 2 is located to the left as you enter.
  • There is not 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).
  • There is an easy ramp/slope for access to the room(s).
  • The ramp/slope does not have handrails.
  • 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 is easy to open.
  • The height of the speaker's desk/table is 95cm.
  • The speaker's desk/table is not height adjustable.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system for the room(s).
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the room(s).
  • There is some fixed furniture within the room(s).
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the room(s) is 70cm.
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to turn within the room.
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There is a/are chair(s) with armrests on both sides within the room(s).
  • Floor coverings in the room(s) are even with no trip hazards.
  • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is good.
  • The lighting levels are good.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Centre Management - Right Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • This accessible toilet is located along the corridor leading to reception, on the right.
  • This accessible toilet is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Centre Management entrance.
  • 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 may be difficult to open.
  • The door is locked by a twist lock.
  • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 85cm (2ft 9in).
  • 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 165cm x 230cm (5ft 5in x 7ft 7in).
  • The accessible toilet does 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 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • There is a flush on the transfer side.
  • There is a spatula type lever 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 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.
  • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
  • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
  • 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 general waste (with lid) disposal units.
  • There is a/are coat hook(s).
  • The height of the coat hook is 140cm 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 cistern.
  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 46cm (1ft 6in).
  • 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 height of the toilet roll holder is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • 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 lever mixer.
  • 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 90cm.
  • There is a towel dispenser.
  • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The height of the towel dispenser is 93cm (3ft 1in).
  • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is good.
  • There is not a hand dryer.

Standard Toilet(s) (Centre Management)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • The female and male toilets are located along the corridor, on the right.
  • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
  • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 5m from the Centre Management entrance.
  • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
  • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
  • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
  • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever mixer.
  • Lighting levels are good.

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