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Oriam Sports Centre

Heriot-Watt University, The Avenue, Riccarton, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS

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Introduction

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Heriot-Watt University is located between the A71 and A70 near Currie, adjacent to the western A720 Edinburgh Bypass, near the M8 interchange.
    • There is a separate car park for the Oriam Centre on the left as you enter the campus. University Car Park B and A are also nearby.
  • By Bus View
    • The University campus is served by Lothian buses 25, X25, 34, 45, 63 and N25/N34.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest railway station is Curriehill around 1 mile away. Edinburgh Park is also close (1.5 miles) and the main stations of Haymarket (4 miles) and central Edinburgh Waverly (6 miles) can be reached using public transport or taxi.
  • By Tram View
    • Edinburgh Park station is the nearest Edinburgh Trams stop with links to the airport and city centre.

Useful Information

  • Staff receive disability awareness training.

Opening Times

  • Monday 06:30 - 22:00.
  • Tuesday 06:30 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 06:30 - 22:00.
  • Thursday 06:30 - 22:00.
  • Friday 06:30 - 22:00.
  • Saturday 08:00 - 20:00.
  • Sunday 08:00 - 22:00.

Site/Campus Car Park

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located to the side of the building, off The Avenue.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Oriam.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is block paving.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked and signposted.
    • There is/are 5 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 377cm x 600cm (12ft 4in x 19ft 8in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by anybody.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the Oriam.
    • This car park is clearly signposted from the Oriam.
    • The nearest designated bay is 88m (96yd 9in) from the main entrance.

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by staff, visitors and Blue Badge holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located to the rear of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are not available.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user.
    • The car park surface is tarmac and block paving.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff, students and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is Oriam Car Park.
    • The car park is located off The Avenue.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • University Car Park B is also close to the Oriam Car Park.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 200cm (6ft 7in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 194cm (6ft 4in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located leading up to and between the entrance doors.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.

Outside Access (Side Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building, near the gym.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • A key fob is required for access at this entrance.
    • The card reader/lock is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • There are also similar doors directly to the fitness suite.
    • There is a surface of loose chippings/gravel.

Entrance (Centre for Sport and Exercise Link Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear of the building from the adjoining building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 98cm (3ft 3in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located leading down into the building from the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is moderate.
    • The ramp or slope is permanent.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • There is a further slope up to the rear Oriam Football Pitch from here.

Reception

  • The Reception is located to the left as you enter.
  • The desk is 9m (9yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There is an easy slope, with no handrails, for access to the ground floor beyond reception.
    • There are not doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written and pictorial directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • This building does play background music.
    • Music is played in the fitness suite.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Fitness Suite

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located to the rear left of the main corridor.
    • The fitness suite is 79m (86yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is not level access to the fitness suite.
    • There are doors into the fitness suite.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are double.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The opening is 152cm (4ft 12in) wide.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • Staff receive no training in assisting disabled people.
    • A portable hearing loop is not available for induction.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.
  • Comments View
    • There is some outdoor gym equipment adjacent to the fitness suite.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the rear of the main corridor, beyond the fitness suite.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G and 1.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 97m (106yd 3in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 132cm x 182cm (4ft 4in x 5ft 12in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G and 1.
    • The stairs are located to the rear of the main corridor.
    • The stairs are approximately 99m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Eating and Drinking

  • The following information is for the cafĂ©.
  • Full table service is available.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 12m (13yd 4in) from the lift.
  • The standard height for tables is 70cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold snacks.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:30 - 16:30.
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30.
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30.
    • Thursday 08:30 - 16:30.
    • Friday 08:30 - 16:30.
    • Saturday 08:30 - 14:30.
    • Sunday 08:30 - 14:30.

Accessible Toilet (Reception)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the left as you enter, off the reception seating area.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 205cm x 220cm (6ft 9in x 7ft 3in).
    • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 138cm (4ft 6in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are general domestic waste disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • 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).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • 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 can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Accessible Toilet (First Floor)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the first floor near the cafe, to the left from the lift.
    • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 147cm x 248cm (4ft 10in x 8ft 2in).
    • There is not a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 52cm (1ft 8in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 106cm (3ft 6in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder cannot 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 can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Accessible Changing Room

  • There is not a Changing Places facility available.
  • There is an/are accessible changing room(s) available.
  • The accessible changing room(s) surveyed is/are located to the left of the main corridor.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 47m (51yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the sports halls.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 38m (41yd 1ft) from the reception desk.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room(s) are 225cm x 250cm (7ft 5in x 8ft 2in).
  • The fixtures/facilities available in the accessible changing room(s) include; handrails, a toilet, a wash basin and a wheel in shower.
  • There is not level access to the accessible changing room(s).

Accessible Shower (Standard Changing Room)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located within the standard changing room showers.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head.
  • The height of the seat is 50cm (1ft 8in).
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Standard Changing Room

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located to the left of the main corridor.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 45m (49yd 8in) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 36m (39yd 1ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the sports halls.
  • There is not level access to the standard changing room(s).

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the ground floor and the first floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located by the changing rooms.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 46m from the main entrance.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.