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Stevenage Swimming Centre

St Georges Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 1XY

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a Kinesis Room, spa area, swimming pool and vending area.
  • Comments View
    • For information on classes and prices please refer to the website.

Location

  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Stevenage.

Opening Times

  • Monday 07:00 - 22:30.
  • Tuesday 07:00 - 22:30.
  • Wednesday 09:30 - 21:00.
  • Thursday 07:00 - 22:30.
  • Friday 07:00 - 18:00.
  • Saturday 07:00 - 16:30.
  • Sunday 07:00 - 16:00.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The car park is located either side of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 9 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 400cm x 490cm (13ft 1in x 16ft 1in).
    • 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.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There are two areas of the car park to either side of the venue.
    • There are four blue badge bays in the area to your left when you face the venue and five in the area to your right.
    • Those to the left (photographs 2 and 3), have the dimensions described above.
    • Those to the right (Photograph 4), have dimensions of 355cm X 490cm.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 134cm (4ft 5in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on the path leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.

Reception

  • The desk is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 2, 3 and 4 show the Spa Area.
    • Photograph 3 shows the Steam Room in which visibility is extremely limited.
    • Photograph 4 shows the sauna to which there is limited maneuvering space.

Vending Area

  • There is a seating area located to your right on entrance.
  • The tables have a height of 70cm and are not permanently fixed.
  • The chairs all have armrests and are not permanently fixed.
  • There are vending machines offering snacks as well as hot and cold drinks.
  • Both the cold drinks dispensing machines controls are under 120cm high.

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 wet side chair available.
  • There is a hoist for wheelchair users to access the water.
  • The hoist is manual.
  • There is a ladder type entrance into the water.
  • There is a handrail on both sides of the ladder.
  • Comments View
    • To access the shallow pool there are six steps with handrails on either side (photograph 2).

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Other View
    • The services / areas on the floors which are not accessible are viewing balcony.
  • Comments View
    • The viewing balcony can be seen in photograph 3.

Accessible Changing Room (Changing Village - Pool Area)

  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing room is located to the rear of the venue.
  • The facility is 40m (43yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The door opens outwards.
  • The width of the door is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • The door is locked by a locking handle.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room are 195cm x 205cm (6ft 5in x 6ft 9in).
  • There is a lateral transfer space.
  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
  • The lateral transfer space is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
  • There is a flush on the transfer side.
  • Wall mounted rails are available.
  • The toilet seat is 45cm (1ft 6in) above floor level.
  • There is a sink.
  • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The height of the sink is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • The tap type is lever.
  • There is a mixer tap.
  • There is not an emergency alarm in the cubicle.
  • The emergency alarm is not fully functional.
  • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
  • There is not a locker within the accessible changing room.
  • There is a changing bench.
  • The facility changing bench is wall mounted.
  • The facility changing bench height is fixed.
  • The length of the bench is 208cm (6ft 10in).
  • There is a wheel in shower.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are a fixed seat.
  • The height of the seat is 45cm (1ft 6in).

Standard Changing Room (Changing Village - Pool Area)

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing room is 40m (43yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room is 37m (40yd 1ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing rooms are located to the rear of the venue.
  • There is level access to the standard changing rooms.
  • Shower facilities are available within the changing room(s).
  • There is level access to the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There are baby change tables at the height of 88cm available in some of the cubicles.
    • There are both individual and communal showers available.
    • The facility leads directly into the pool area.

Standard Changing Room (Spa Area)

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing room is 23m (25yd 6in) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room is 3m (3yd 10in) from the spa facilities.
  • The standard changing rooms are located to the left of the venue.
  • There is level access to the standard changing rooms.
  • Shower facilities are available within the changing room(s).
  • There is level access to the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There is also a separate unisex shower available.
    • There are separate female and male changing rooms.

Accessible Toilet (Reception)

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, pictorial, tactile and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located to the left as you enter.
    • 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 weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 147cm x 208cm (4ft 10in x 6ft 10in).
    • There is 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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 in the cubicle.
    • The emergency 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 coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted 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 are mirrors.
    • 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 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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 external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Accessible Toilet (Spa Area)

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • 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 located in the spa 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 twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 142cm x 208cm (4ft 8in x 6ft 10in).
    • There is 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 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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 in the cubicle.
    • The emergency alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted 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 are mirrors.
    • 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 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 114cm (3ft 9in).
    • 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 external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • 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.