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Union Square - Shopmobility Aberdeen

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 a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • British Sign Language interpreters cannot be provided on request.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/nearby.
  • 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 the venue in advance.

Opening Times

  • Monday Closed.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Sunday Closed.

Shopmobility

  • Shopmobility is located on Parking Level 1 of the Multi-storey Car Park.

Outside Access (Multi-storey Car Park Level P1 Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located next to the Blue Badge parking bays.
  • This entrance gives access to Shopmobility on Level P1 of the multi-storey car park and shopping centre.
  • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
  • This entrance sign says 'Able Deen'.
  • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
  • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
  • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from 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 170cm.
  • There are bollards at this entrance.
  • The minimum width between the bollards is 120cm.
  • Entrance View
    • The height of the bollard(s) is 74cm.
    • The bollards do not have an identification band to aid visually impaired people.
    • There is a member of staff available for assistance at this entrance.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located to the left of 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 not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.

Entrance (Shopping Centre Level P1 Lift Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the right of Shopmobility, towards the multi-storey car park lift.
  • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
  • This entrance sign says 'Able Deen'.
  • 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) automatically (away from 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 157cm.

Reception

  • The reception point is located ahead as you enter.
  • The reception point is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the 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 no 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 110cm.
  • 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 not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered section of the counter.
  • Clipboards can be provided to anyone who is unable to use the desk.
  • There is a hearing assistance system at the reception point.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.
  • Staff are not trained to use the system.
  • The type of flooring in the reception area is laminate.
  • 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; sofas and chairs with armrests.
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to use the waiting area.

Shopmobility

  • Route maps are available.
  • Manual wheelchairs are available.
  • Powered wheelchairs are available.
  • Powered scooters are available.
  • Equipment does have to be booked in advance.
  • There is a hire charge.
  • Escorts are normally available to assist around town / city.
  • Escorts do need to be booked in advance.
  • Trained escorts are available for people with a visual impairment.
  • Visual escorts do need to be booked in advance.
  • Trained escorts are not available for people with a hearing impairment.
  • Comments View
    • There is a £1 charge for borrowing a wheelchair or a scooter for 1 day.
    • There is a £2 charge for a companion to escort you around the shopping centre/city (there are additional costs for any travel or activities).
    • There is a longer loan available for wheelchairs and mobility scooters, this costs £15.
    • Equipment does not need to be booked in advance but customers wishing to can do this.
    • Walking aids are also available.
    • Contact the venue for more information.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Shopmobility - Left 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 to the left as you enter.
  • This accessible toilet is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the multi-storey car park level 1 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 is easy to open.
  • The door is locked by a lever twist.
  • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 87cm (2ft 10in).
  • 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 166cm x 234cm (5ft 5in x 7ft 8in).
  • The accessible toilet does 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 left.
  • The lateral transfer space is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
  • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
  • There is a lever flush.
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
  • 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 poor.
  • 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 a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
  • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
  • There is a/are female sanitary, nappy/incontinence items bin and general waste (with no lid) disposal units.
  • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • There is a mirror.
  • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
  • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
  • The shelf has the minimum dimensions of 12.5cm x 40cm.
  • The shelf is at a height of 95cm.
  • The shelf is not located where it is reachable.
  • The toilet has 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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The height of the toilet roll holder is 96cm (3ft 2in).
  • 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 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • 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 poor.
  • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
  • 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 115cm.
  • There is a towel dispenser.
  • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The height of the towel dispenser is 112cm (3ft 8in).
  • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is good.
  • There is not a hand dryer.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are not available.

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