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King’s Sport and Wellness Strand Gym

Strand Campus, Lower Ground, Aldwych, London, WC2B 6AN

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Summary

  • Service View
  • Building View
    • Services / Facilities within the building include; Studio area and gym.
  • Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities View
    • Gender neutral toilet facilities are located to the right as you enter and within the changing area on the ground floor within the changing areas on the lower ground floor.
    • Standard changing facilities are located to the right as you enter and then right through the single door in the locker area within the changing areas on the lower ground floor.
    • Standard shower facilities are located to the right as you enter and then right through the single door in the locker area on the ground floor and within the changing areas on the lower ground floor.
  • Comments View
    • The service is accessed via the Bush House - North West External Entrance located on Aldwych. There is a slope in front of entrance and double automatic doors.
    • Standard lifts and stairs are available after the reception lobby.

Opening Times

  • Monday 07:00 - 22:00.
  • Tuesday 07:00 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 07:00 - 22:00.
  • Thursday 07:00 - 22:00.
  • Friday 07:00 - 22:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 18:00.

Getting Here

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.

Entrance (Kings Sport and Wellness Strand Gym - Studio Area)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor of Bush House - North West Building.
    • This entrance gives access to Studio's 1, 2 and 3 and changing areas.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with 'Kings Sport and Wellness Strand Gym'.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the key card reader is 100cm.
    • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is/are single width with an open extension leaf.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 125cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located immediately after the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The lighting levels at the ramp/slope are good.

Entrance (Kings Sport and Wellness Strand Gym - Gym Area)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the lower ground floor of Bush House - North West Building.
    • This entrance gives access to the gym and changing areas.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with 'King's Sport Health and Fitness The Strand'.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the key card reader is 100cm.
    • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is/are single width with an open extension leaf.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 125cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located immediately after the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The lighting levels at the ramp/slope are good.

Reception (Gym)

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located to the left as you enter the gym.
    • The reception point is approximately 1m (3ft 3in) from the gym entrance.
    • The reception area/desk is clearly visible from the entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the reception point.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the reception point.
    • There are no windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors at/behind the reception point which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The reception counter is not placed in front of a background which is patterned.
    • The lighting levels at the reception point are moderate to good.
    • The height of the reception counter is 110cm.
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is a lowered section of the counter.
    • The height of the lowered section at the counter is 75cm.
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the lowered section of the counter.
    • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the counter.
    • The counter is staffed.
    • There is a hearing assistance system at the reception point.
    • The type of system is a portable loop.
    • The hearing assistance system is signed.
    • Staff are not trained to use the hearing system.
    • The hearing assistance system was not tested at the time of the survey.
    • The hearing assistance system was tested on 13/04/2023.
    • The hearing loop was working at the time of testing.
    • There is no wayfinding signage available at/close to the reception.
    • The type of flooring in the reception area is vinyl.
  • Reception Waiting Area View
    • There is not a waiting area close to the reception point.
  • Security Barriers View
    • There are security barriers at the reception.
    • The minimum width between the security barriers is 54cm.
    • The width of the wider security barriers is 96cm.
    • A key card is required to pass through the security barriers.
    • The height of the key card reader is 101cm.

Inside Access

  • Access and Circulation View
    • There is step-free access throughout the area.
    • The type of flooring is vinyl.
    • There is some flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is high colour contrast between the walls and floor.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Signage View
    • Wayfinding signage is provided.
    • The colour, design and typeface of signs is consistent throughout.
  • Safe Place(s) View
    • There is not a designated place of safety which can be used by people with dementia, autism or learning disabilities.
  • Audio View
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Gym

  • There is step-free access to the gym.
  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the gym.
  • The door(s) open(s) away from you.
  • The width of the door opening is 135cm.
  • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
  • The door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
  • There is a turnstile beyond the gym entrance, it is 54cm wide. There is a wider entrance gate 97cm wide. The exit button 93cm high.
  • The gym is staffed when open.
  • There is not an emergency alarm in the gym.
  • There is not clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
  • There is not level access to all of the equipment.
  • Equipment suitable for mobility or sensory impaired users includes; free weights, arm cycles and cable resistance machines.
  • Background music is played.
  • The flooring in the gym consists of laminate and a plastic covering.
  • There is some flooring with a shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • The hearing assistance system was not tested at the time of the survey.
  • Lighting levels are moderate to good.

Step(s) (Lower Ground Floor)

  • Stepped Level Change 1 View
    • There is a/are step(s) located to the right as you enter the Gym Studio.
    • The step(s) is/are used to access the cycling equipment.
    • There is/are 2 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 16cm.
    • The depth of the step(s) is/are between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The lighting levels at the step(s) are adjustable.
  • Stepped Level Change 2 View
    • There is a/are step(s) located to the left as you enter the changing area.
    • The step(s) is/are used to access the male and female changing areas.
    • There is/are 3 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 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 both sides.
    • 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 extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • The lighting levels at the step(s) are good.

Ramp(s) or Slope(s) (Lower Ground Floor)

  • Ramped/Sloped Level Change 1 View
    • There is a ramp/slope located to the right as you enter the changing area main entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is used to access the drying room.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 144cm (4ft 9in).
    • The lighting levels at the ramp/slope are good.
  • Ramped/Sloped Level Change 2 View
    • There is a ramp/slope located at the rear of the gym.
    • The ramp/slope is used to access staff exit and seated leg press machine.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
    • The lighting levels at the ramp/slope are good.
  • Ramped/Sloped Level Change 3 View
    • There is a ramp/slope located immediately after the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is used to access the access gate for the gym.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The lighting levels at the ramp/slope are moderate to good.

Changing Area (Ground Floor)

  • Changing Area View
    • There is a/are changing area(s) available.
    • The changing area that was surveyed is located as you enter the King's Sport and Wellness Strand Gym entrance.
    • The changing area is approximately 10m from the King's Sport and Wellness Strand Gym entrance.
    • The changing area is approximately 12m from the Studio 1.
    • There is step-free access to the changing area.
    • The facilities available within the changing area include; standard changing rooms/cubicles, standard showers and standard toilets.
    • This is a shared changing area.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 87cm.
    • The type of flooring in the changing area is tiles and stone.
    • There is a flashing fire alarm beacon within the changing area.
    • There are changing benches or seats within the changing area.
    • There are lockers within the changing area.
    • There is a/are locker(s) within reach for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a water dispenser available.
    • The lighting levels in the changing area are good.
  • Shower Facilities View
    • Shower facilities are available.
    • There is stepped access to the shower facilities.
    • There are 15cm steps leading into the individual shower cubicles.
    • The shower head height(s) is/are adjustable.
    • The shower control type(s) is/are twist/turn.
    • There is no seat for the shower(s).
    • There is not a/are not wall-mounted grab rail(s) available for the shower(s).
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • Toilet facilities are available.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • The lighting levels in the toilet(s) are good.
  • Comments View
    • The lockers are located outside the changing area entrance.
    • There is also a bench and water dispenser in this area.
    • The changing area is divided into independent rooms. Four rooms with a standard toilet designated as changing rooms and two rooms containing a shower, sink, bench and mirror.
    • The room located to the left as you enter which has no signage has a wider door of 90cm width, emergency alarm, grab rail on the door and lowered coat hook at 115cm high.

Changing Area (Lower Ground Floor)

  • Changing Area View
    • There is a/are changing area(s) available.
    • The changing area that was surveyed is located on floor -1 (lower ground floor) to the left as you exit the lifts.
    • The changing area is approximately 6m from the Bush House North West Wing.
    • The changing area is approximately 8m from the Gym.
    • There is stepped access to the changing area.
    • The facilities available within the changing area include; standard changing rooms/cubicles, standard showers and standard toilets.
    • This is a male changing area.
    • Similar female changing area(s) are available.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 77cm.
    • The type of flooring in the changing area is tiles.
    • There is a flashing fire alarm beacon within the changing area.
    • There are changing benches or seats within the changing area.
    • There are no lockers within the changing area.
    • There is not a water dispenser available.
    • The lighting levels in the changing area are good.
    • There is an exit button to the changing area at 103cm high.
  • Shower Facilities View
    • Shower facilities are available.
    • There is step-free access to the shower facilities.
    • The shower head height(s) is/are adjustable.
    • The shower control type(s) is/are lever.
    • There is no seat for the shower(s).
    • There is not a/are not wall-mounted grab rail(s) available for the shower(s).
    • The door opening to the showers are 58cm wide.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • Toilet facilities are available.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever.
    • The lighting levels in the toilet(s) are good.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The shared toilet is located to the right as you enter the Kings Sport and Wellness Strand Gym entrance and then on the right of the lockers.
    • There is step-free access into the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 10m from the Kings Sport and Wellness Strand Gym entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is poor.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 85cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever mixer.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • There are 5 self-contained standard toilet facilities in this area.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) available.