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Furzefield Centre

Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, EN6 3BW

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a swimming pool, teaching pool, health suite, fitness suite, sports hall, squash courts, dance studio, a nursery and a cafe.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include a floodlit all weather pitch.

Opening Times

  • Monday 06:00 - 22:00.
  • Tuesday 07:00 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 06:00 - 22:00.
  • Thursday 07:00 - 22:00.
  • Friday 06:00 - 22:00.
  • Saturday 07:00 - 19:00.
  • Sunday 07:00 - 21:00.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Potters Bar.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Potters Bar.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is at the front of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There are 8 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 300cm x 450cm (9ft 10in x 14ft 9in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 10m (32ft 10in) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 22m (24yd) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb / non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does have tactile paving.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • There is a designated drop off point.
    • The drop off point is located just outside the main entrance.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the drop off point.
    • There is tactile paving on the dropped kerb.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the centre.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 156cm (5ft 1in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door opening is 112cm (3ft 8in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.

Reception

  • The reception desk is 8m (26ft 3in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is high height.
  • The desk has a lowered section.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use system.
  • Comments View
    • There is a 94 cm wide gate just past reception, leading to the rest of the centre.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played in the fitness suite.
  • Lighting levels are varied.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Customers cannot charge scooters or wheelchairs at the venue.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 1 shows the sports hall.
    • Photograph 2 shows 1 of the designated seating areas in the Pool Viewing Area on the first floor.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is not a landing.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located along the corridor to the right past reception.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • The lift is 40m (44yd) from main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 103cm x 137cm (3ft 5in x 4ft 6in).
  • The clear door width is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • 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 not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.

Level Change (First Floor)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading from the lift to the Dance Studio.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 114cm (3ft 9in).
  • Comments View
    • The ramp has a handrail on the left hand side going up.
    • There is a further moderate ramp leading up from the Dance Studio to the Pool Viewing Area, with handrails both sides (shown in photograph 2).
    • There is a similar ramp leading from the lift to the first floor part of the fitness suite.

Swimming Pool

  • There is level access from the changing area to the swimming pool.
  • There is not a ramped entrance into the water.
  • There is a hoist for wheelchair users to access the water.
  • The hoist is manual.
  • There are steps into the swimming pool.
  • There are 4 steps.
  • There is a ladder type entrance into the water.
  • There is a handrail on both sides of the ladder.
  • Comments View
    • The steps mentioned lead into the teaching pool.
    • A set of 10 portable steps with handrails both sides, are available to access the shallow end of the main pool.
    • The far end of the main pool also has a height-adjustable floor.

Fitness Suite

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located along the corridor to the right past reception.
    • The fitness suite is 25m (27yd) from the main entrance.
    • There is level access to the fitness suite.
    • There are doors into the fitness suite.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The opening is 73cm (2ft 5in) wide.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • Staff receive some training in assisting disabled people.
    • Equipment suitable for mobility or sensory impaired users includes free weights and resistance cable machines.
    • A portable hearing loop is available for induction.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is not level access to all of the equipment.
  • Comments View
    • The fitness suite is located on the ground and first floors.
    • Access on both floors is due to be improved in the near future.

Level Change (Fitness Suite)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located just inside the entrance to the fitness suite.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 73cm (2ft 5in).

Restaurant Bar Internal (Side Kicks)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 14m (15yd) from the main entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 66cm (2ft 2in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 68cm (2ft 3in).
  • 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 sandwiches and hot and cold snacks.
  • Comments View
    • The cafe is located just inside the centre, past reception.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 26m (28yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the far side of the cafe.
    • 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 twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 105cm x 162cm (3ft 5in x 5ft 4in).
    • 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 70cm (2ft 4in).
    • 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.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are 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 44cm (1ft 5in).
    • 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 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 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 contrast between the walls and floor is poor.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s)

Standard Changing Room (Wet Side Changing Village)

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing rooms are located opposite the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room is 22m (24yd) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room is 14m (15yd) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room is 4m (13ft 1in) from the pool.
  • There is level access to the standard changing rooms.
  • Comments View
    • The changing village contains family changing cubicles, with baby change tables 81, 89 and 91cm high.

Standard Shower (Wet Side)

  • There are standard level access shower facilities available.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Accessible Changing Room (Wet Side)

  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing rooms are located on the far side of the changing village.
  • There is level access to the changing room.
  • The accessible changing room is 16m (17yd) from the pool.
  • The accessible changing room is 22m (24yd) from the reception desk.
  • The accessible changing room is 30m (33yd) from the main entrance.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room are 181cm x 164cm (5ft 11in x 5ft 5in).
  • The facilities available in the accessible changing room are a wheel in shower and handrails.
  • Other facilities available are a toilet.

Accessible Shower (Wet Side)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located within the adapted cubicle.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 41cm (1ft 4in).

Standard Changing Room (Dry Side)

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing rooms are located opposite the fitness suite entrance.
  • The standard changing room is 26m (28yd) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room is 18m (20yd) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room is 3m (9ft 10in) from the fitness suite.
  • There is level access to the standard changing rooms.
  • Comments View
    • The dry side changing area contains a male and female changing room for the fitness suite, plus 2 team changing rooms and a referee changing room.

Standard Shower (Dry Side)

  • There are not standard level access shower facilities available.

Accessible Changing Room (Dry Side)

  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing rooms are located in the corridor opposite the sports hall.
  • There is level access to the changing room.
  • The accessible changing room is 5m (16ft 5in) from the sports hall.
  • The accessible changing room is 52m (57yd) from the reception desk.
  • The accessible changing room is 60m (66yd) from the main entrance.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room are 174cm x 165cm (5ft 9in x 5ft 5in).
  • The facilities available in the accessible changing room are a wheel in shower and handrails.
  • Other facilities available are a toilet.

Accessible Shower (Dry Side)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located wiithin the adapted changing room.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are a fixed seat.
  • The height of the seat is 40cm (1ft 4in).

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Staff are not Text Relay aware.
  • Plastic cups are available.
  • Plastic cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available on request.
  • There is a soft play area for children indoor.
  • Comments View
    • The photograph shows part of the soft play area located on the far side of the cafe.