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London Colney Family Centre

c/o London Colney Nursery School, Alexander Road, London Colney, Hertfordshire, AL2 1JG

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a reception, two meeting rooms, two outdoor play areas, an accessible toilet, standard toilets and a baby change facility.

Opening Times

  • Please contact the venue for details of opening times.

Location

  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is St Albans City.
  • Comments View
    • The nearest bus stop is approximately 0.2 miles away and is served by the number 84 to Potters Bar/New Barnet and the 602 to Watford.
    • St Albans City Railway Station is approximately 2.5 miles away.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

Access Point

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located on the approach to the venue directly from Alexander Road.
    • There is not an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this access point.
    • There is a gate which opens away from you (push).
    • The gate is difficult to open.
    • The gate has a hook lock.
    • The width of the gap is 120cm.
    • The gate is unlocked via a catch which is on the top of the gate.
      Assistance may be needed to open the gate.
      There is a long approach to the main entrance, approximately 60m long.
      The access from the gate to the main entrance ramp is level.
      The access is undulated in places.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located leading to the gate.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
    • 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.

Outside Access

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 150cm (4ft 11in).
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 150cm (4ft 11in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 100cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located on the approach to the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is 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.
  • Comments View
    • There is a slope up to a blue front gate.
    • The gate opening is 120cm.
    • The gate is unlocked via a catch which is on the top of the gate.
    • Assistance may be needed to open the gate.
    • There is a long approach to the main entrance, approximately …...long.
    • The access from the gate to the main entrance ramp is level.
    • The access is undulated in places.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 1m (3ft 3in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played depending on the activity.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are low to moderate.

Meeting Room 1

  • This meeting room is located straight ahead as you enter the building.
  • There are two separate doors used to access the room, one on the left and one on the right.
  • The room can be split into two rooms with a concertina wall.
  • Both doors open away from you (push).
  • Both doors have an opening width of 83cm.
  • Both doors may be difficult to open.
  • The surface of the flooring is carpet and linoleum.
  • Chairs without armrests and tables are available.
  • Lighting levels are good.
  • There is a kitchenette on the right hand side of the room.
  • There is a basin at a height of 90cm and children's basin at a height of 60cm.
  • There is a first aid kit by the kitchenette.
  • There is a door with ramped access leading to outdoor play area 1.
  • The door opens away from you (push), to a width of 167cm.
  • The door is heavy.
  • The door is opened via two lever handles, one at a height of 93cm and the other at a height of 176cm.
  • There is a threshold of less than 2cm at this door.
  • The ramp is 133cm wide and 108cm long.
  • The ramp is steep.
  • There are handrails on either side of the ramp.
  • There is a 2cm lip at the top of the ramp.

Outdoor Play Area 1

  • The outdoor play area is accessed either by meeting room 1, a side gate to the right of the main entrance and or via another side gate leading from outdoor play area 2.
  • There is a slope leading down to the play area from the doorway leading from meeting room 1.
  • The slope is steep, and it is approximately 67cm long and 145cm wide.
  • The wooden gate to the right of the main entrance opens away from you (push).
  • Assistance will be needed to enter via this entrance as a key code is required.
  • The gate opens to a width of 90cm.
  • The gate opening from the outdoor play area 2 is 90cm wide.
  • There is a sheltered area.
  • The play area has a surface of tarmac and grass.
  • The surface is undulated in places.
  • There are two sheds with play equipment stored inside.
  • There is outdoor lighting with the play area.

Meeting Room 2

  • This meeting room is accessed via the main foyer.
  • The door opens away from you (push).
  • The door opening is 85cm wide.
  • The door is heavy.
  • Lighting levels are good.
  • Chairs with and without armrests and tables are available.
  • The surface of the flooring is caret and vinyl.
  • There is play equipment available.
  • There is access to multiple rooms from this meeting room.
  • There is a door with stepped access to outdoor play area 2.
  • The door opens away from you (push).
  • The door is heavy.
  • The door opening is 82cm wide.
  • The step at the entrance is 5cm high and 17cm deep.
  • There is a lip on the door threshold that is less than 2cm.

Outdoor Play Area 2

  • The outdoor play area is accessed either by meeting room 2, outdoor play area 1 or a wooden gate to the side of the entrance ramp.
  • There is a very slight slope away from the main building.
  • The surface of the flooring consists of astroturf, block paving, cobbles and rubber.
  • There is a wooden bench.
  • There is a sheltered area.
  • There is outdoor lighting.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the right hand side of the foyer.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared 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 83cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 135cm x 216cm (4ft 5in x 7ft 1in).
    • There is not sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 68cm (2ft 3in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are sanitary and general domestic waste disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 131cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf does not have the minimum dimensions of 12.5cm x 40cm.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • 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 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • 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 external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal 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 contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Standard Toilet(s)

Parent and Baby Room

  • There is a parent and baby room for public use.
  • The parent and baby room is located within meeting room 2.
  • The parent and baby room is approximately 7m from the entrance.
  • 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.
  • 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 90cm.
  • The wash basin tap type is lever.
  • 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 red flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • The baby change table is 96cm high.
    • The room is used for storage.

Additional Info

  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are not available in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service cannot be requested.
  • Home visits / services are not available.