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Huddersfield Town Hall

Corporation Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2TA

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Huddersfield Literature Festival - Information

Location

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

Parking

  • Parking View
    • The venue does not have its own parking facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There is Blue Badge parking at both Springwood Car Park and Huddersfield Bus Station Car Park. These car parks are between 300m and 500m walk away.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on Corporation Street.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with 'Huddersfield Town Hall'.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the opening is 168cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the opening is 173cm.
    • There is not a member of staff available for assistance at this entrance.
  • Comments View
    • In extreme weather conditions, the second set of doors are not automatic and will be heavy to open.

Outside Access (Front Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on Ramsden Street.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped and stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the opening is 140cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the opening is 158cm.
    • There is a member of staff available for assistance at this entrance.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located on the path leading to the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located leading to and beyond the entrance.
    • There is/are 12 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 18cm.
    • The depth of the step(s) is/are between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are on the left going up the step(s).
    • Handrails are not at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do not cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • The lighting levels at the step(s) are good.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance is only used for VIPs and for special events.
    • There is 1 deep step and 9 medium height steps in front of the entrance.
    • There are a further 2 medium height steps beyond the entrance, with handrails on both sides.

Outside Access (Concert Hall Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on Princess Street.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped and stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the opening is 252cm.
    • There is a member of staff available for assistance at this entrance.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located on the path leading to the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is/are 10 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are not between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 13cm.
    • The depth of the step(s) is/are between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are in the centre of the step(s).
    • Handrails are not at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance is only used during events in the concert hall.
    • The height of the first step varies due to the gradient of the street.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the desk/counter.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service(s).
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Motorised scooters are welcomed in public parts of the venue.
  • Wayfinding signage is available.
  • No Braille signage is available.
  • No tactile signage is available.
  • Some pictorial signage is available.
  • The type of flooring in walkways and corridors is carpet.

Counter (Box Office)

  • The counter is 2m (2yd 7in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the counter from the entrance.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
  • The height of the counter is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • The height of the counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a lowered section.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Lighting levels are moderate to good.

Eating and Drinking (The Old Court Room)

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • The bar does not serve food.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Comments View
    • The layout of this room depends on events taking place.
    • The room is used for meetings and as the bar for events in the concert hall.
    • At the time of the survey the room was in a meeting layout.

Level Change (The Old Courtroom Bar)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the left as you enter The Old Court Room.
  • There is/are 8 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are moderate to good.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • There is a lift to access this area/service.
  • The lift does bypass the step(s).

Lift (The Old Courtroom Bar)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you enter The Old Court Room.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 135cm x 87cm (4ft 5in x 2ft 10in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is moderate to good.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • Comments View
    • The door width at the top level is 125cm.
    • The door width at the bottom level is 82cm.

Entrance (Town Hall)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the left as you enter via the main entrance, beyond the box office.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with 'Huddersfield Town Hall'.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The main automatic door(s) is/are push pad or push button activated.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the opening is 89cm.
  • Comments View
    • The door is operated by reception for entry.
    • There is a push button for exit.
    • The height of the push button is 89cm.
    • This door gives access to the main area of the Town Hall including the changing place, offices and meeting rooms.

Level Change (Town Hall)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar ramp on the first floor, leading to the concert hall from the front lift.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1.
    • The stairs are located to the right of the reception counter as you enter.
    • The stairs are approximately 10m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • There are additional stairs at the front of the building.
    • The stairs are medium height and not clearly marked.
    • The stairs have a handrail on the left.

Lift (Concert Hall Lift)

  • The lift is located to the right as you enter the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B, G, 1.
  • The lift is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 141cm x 162cm (4ft 8in x 5ft 4in).
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not 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 controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is moderate to good.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • Comments View
    • During events stewards will assist patrons with use of the lift.
    • Access to floor B is restricted.

Lift (Town Hall Lift)

  • The lift is located at the far end of the main corridor, to the front of the building, as you enter from the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B, G, 1.
  • The lift is approximately 43m (47yd 1in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 110cm (4ft 7in x 3ft 7in).
  • The clear door width is 91cm (2ft 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 controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is moderate to good.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.

Theatre (Concert Hall)

  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • Designated seating is located in Row Q.
  • Wheelchairs are left with you.
  • A companion may sit with you.
  • Companions sit next to or behind you.
  • It is 32m (34yd 2ft) from the designated seating area to the nearest accessible toilet.
  • This venue does provide audio described performances.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing assistance system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing assistance system.
  • A deposit is not required for the hearing assistance system.
  • The rows suitable for hearing assistance systems are all rows.
  • There is a wheelchair to borrow.
  • To borrow a wheelchair, ask at reception.
  • Concessions are available.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium.
  • Comments View
    • Audio description and signing depends on the event.
    • Carers go free.
    • Designated seating is available for assistance dogs.
    • The layout of the hall depends on the event.

Level Change (Concert Hall Stage)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located at the rear of the stage.
  • There is/are 8 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are low to moderate.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • There is a lift to access this area/service.
  • The lift does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • There are steps on the stage to higher levels for participants in choral and orchestral events.
    • The number of steps varies.
    • The height of the steps is deep.

Lift (Concert Hall Stage)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the concert hall.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 90cm (4ft 7in x 2ft 11in).
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lighting level in the lift is moderate to good.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • Comments View
    • The lift is mobile and can be positioned at the front of the stage.
    • The lift is manually operated.

Changing Places

  • Location and access View
    • The facility is located in the main corridor to the left as you enter the building from the main entrance.
    • The facility is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is level access into the facility.
  • Dimensions and features View
    • You do not need a key for the facility.
    • The dimensions of the facility are 397cm x 221cm (13ft x 7ft 3in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is wall mounted.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 188cm (6ft 2in).
    • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
    • The overhead hoist covers all areas in cubicle.
    • The sling is attached to the hoist by hook.
    • The facility toilet has a transfer space on both sides.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 106cm (3ft 6in).
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 263cm (8ft 8in).
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Dropdown rails are provided for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the dropdown rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • The type of wash basin is fixed.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available at the wash basin.
    • As you face the wash basin, the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • A privacy screen is available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is available.
    • The facility has a non-slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is available.
  • Comments View
    • There are two hooks to the right as you enter the changing space.
    • The hook heights are 111cm and 156cm.
    • A small baby change room is to the left as you enter the changing space.
    • The baby change annexe is 245cm wide by 147cm deep.
    • The baby change table height is 86cm.
    • There is a chair with armrests in the baby change room.

Toilet with Adaptations (Left Hand Transfer)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 32m (34yd 2ft) from the concert hall lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of the concert hall on the right as you exit the lift.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from reception.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 154cm x 212cm (5ft 1in x 6ft 11in).
    • 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 78cm (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 alarm in the cubicle.
    • 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 not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • 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.
    • 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 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 107cm (3ft 6in).
    • 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).
    • There is not a soap dispenser.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • There is a low colour contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the external door and wall.
    • There is a low colour contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall.
    • There is a low colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the walls and floor.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are not available within this accessible toilet.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the landing between floors G and 1.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the stairs.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female toilet(s).
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle with wall mounted grab rails is not available.
    • Lighting levels in the female toilets are moderate to good.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the rear right of the foyer.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle with wall mounted grab rails is not available.
    • Lighting levels in the male toilets are moderate to good.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the changing place.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.
  • Comments View
    • There are additional female toilets on the ground floor at the front of the building, beyond the 2 internal steps at the front entrance.
    • There are additional male toilets on the first floor at the front of the building.