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Hills Road Sport and Tennis Centre

Hills Road Sixth Form College, Purbeck Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PF

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Sports Hall, the Tennis Hall, the Squash Court, the Fitness Suite, the Cricket Hall, the Fitness Studios, the Viewing Gallery and the Therapy Room.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include the tennis courts.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • From junction 11 of the M11, take the A1309 towards Cambridge City Centre. After 1.5 miles, turn right into Long Road (A1134). After a mile, turn left into Hills Road. The college is located approximately half a mile along Hills Road, on the left.
    • No parking is available to students, except Blue Badge holders. There is a car park for visitors at the front of the site, off Hills Road, and a staff car park to the side off Purbeck Road, which can be used by Blue Badge holders by prior arrangement with the college. There is a public multi-storey car park located nearby.
  • By Bus View
    • Citi 1 or Citi 7 buses from the city centre stop directly outside the college, as does the Babraham Park and Ride route.
  • By Train View
    • Cambridge Station is approximately half a mile away from the college. The Citi 1 or the Park and Ride buses can be used to get to the college from here. Cambridge served by trains to London Kings Cross and Liverpool Street, as well as Kings Lynn, Norwich and Ipswich.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Opening Times

  • Monday 07:00 - 22:30.
  • Tuesday 07:00 - 22:30.
  • Wednesday 07:00 - 22:30.
  • Thursday 07:00 - 22:30.
  • Friday 07:00 - 22:30.
  • Saturday 08:00 - 21:00.
  • Sunday 08:00 - 21:00.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located true.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 400cm x 300cm (13ft 1in x 9ft 10in).
    • Designated parking bays are not clearly marked.
    • The nearest designated bay is 22m (24yd 2in) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 31m (33yd 2ft) 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 level changes with no dropped kerbs.
    • 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.

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(s) automatically (towards you).
  • Second set of doors View
    • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The width of the door opening is 81cm (2ft 8in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

Reception

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

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing loop is fitted in the main Sports Hall.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played in the Fitness Suite.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Customers cannot charge scooters or wheelchairs at the venue.
  • Comments View
    • There are push pad operated automatic doors located just past the reception area, 1 used as an entrance and 1 as an exit.
    • Photograph 2 shows the Cricket Hall, which is located in the far right hand corner of the building from the entrance, next to the Fitness Suite.

Standard Changing Room

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located along the corridor to the left as you enter.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the Sports Hall.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are not available.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Fitness Suite

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located in the far right corner from the entrance.
    • The fitness suite is 33m (36yd) from the main entrance.
    • There is level access to the fitness suite.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • Staff receive no training in assisting disabled people.
    • A portable hearing loop is not available for induction.
    • There is not clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.

Level Change (Tennis Hall)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading into the Tennis Hall.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 104cm (3ft 5in).
  • Comments View
    • The Tennis Hall is located at the end of the corridor to the left as you enter.

Lift

  • The lift is located along the corridor to the left as you enter.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • The lift is approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 79cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 140cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • 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 have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is an internal door, which is normally held open, in front of this lift on the ground floor.
    • There is a door release button located next to the lift to close this door if it hinders access to the lift.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • 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.

Accessible Toilet

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) 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 approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located just past the reception 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 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 200cm x 290cm (6ft 7in x 9ft 6in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear 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 66cm (2ft 2in).
    • 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 not an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • 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 not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 43cm (1ft 5in).
    • 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 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • The accessible toilet contains a changing bench, 185cm in length, and a baby changing table, 91cm in height.

Standard Toilet(s)