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Halewood Leisure Centre

Baileys Lane, Halewood, Knowsley, Merseyside, L26 0TY

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a swimming pool, gym, sauna, sports hall, activity rooms and a refreshment area.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include a basketball court and football pitch.
  • Comments View
    • Halewood Leisure Centre is heavily involved with local disability groups.

Location

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

COVID-19 Information

  • There are external queuing points.
  • The external queuing points are clearly marked/signed.
  • There are separate doors for entering and exiting.
  • There is hand sanitiser available at the entrance.
  • The hand sanitisers are wall mounted.
  • There is a limited number of people allowed inside.
  • There is not a one-way system throughout.
  • There is clear signage inside to help with social distancing.
  • There are protective clear screens located at tills/counters.
  • Toilets are available.

Opening Hours

Opening Times

  • Monday 06:30 - 21:00.
  • Tuesday 06:30 - 21:00.
  • Wednesday 06:30 - 20:00.
  • Thursday 06:30 - 21:00.
  • Friday 06:30 - 21:00.
  • Saturday 09:00 - 16:00.
  • Sunday 09:00 - 17:00.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The car park is located at the front of the building.
    • 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 9 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 475cm x 490cm (15ft 7in x 16ft 1in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 32m (34yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 46m (50yd 11in) 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 uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • 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.

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.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 185cm (6ft 1in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 179cm (5ft 10in).

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on the path leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Comments View
    • There are security barriers to access the rest of the building.
    • The width between the barriers is 96cm.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played in the reception and eating areas.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

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 are not steps into the swimming pool.
  • There is a ladder type entrance into the water.
  • There is a handrail on both sides of the ladder.

Reception (Fitness Suite)

  • The desk/counter is 2m (2yd 7in) from the fitness suite entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Eating and Drinking

  • The following information is for the café.
  • The café is located to the right as you enter.
  • 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 a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 40cm (1ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Drinking straws are not available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.

Fitness Suite

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located to the right as you enter the main building entrance.
    • The fitness suite is 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
    • There is step free access to the fitness suite.
    • There are doors into the fitness suite.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are double.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The opening is 158cm (5ft 2in) wide.
  • IFI Accredited Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite has attained IFI level one.
    • A number of staff have received IFI Mark standard Disability Equality Training.
    • IFI accredited equipment is available.
    • For example: treadmill, upright cycle, recumbent cycle, leg curl, leg extension and upper body multi-station.
    • A portable hearing loop is not available for induction.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • Staff receive some training in assisting disabled people.
    • Training provided is basic disability awareness.
    • A portable hearing loop is not available for induction.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.

Outside Access (Unisex Wet Side Changing Room)

  • This information is for the entrance located in the rear right hand corridor.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 166cm (5ft 5in).

Level Change (Unisex Wet Side Changing Room)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located immediately beyond the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • There are several easy ramps throughout the unisex wet side changing room to allow for drainage.

Changing Places (Wet Side)

  • Location and access View
    • The facility is located to the left as you enter the unisex wet side changing room.
    • The facility is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the unisex wet side changing room entrance.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features View
    • You do need a key for the facility.
    • It is not a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from the main reception.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The width of the door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The dimensions of the facility are 340cm x 324cm (11ft 2in x 10ft 8in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is free standing.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 180cm (5ft 11in).
    • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
    • The overhead hoist covers the changing bench.
    • The sling is attached to the hoist by loop.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • A privacy screen is not available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is not available.
    • The facility has not got a non slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is not available.
    • It is tied up and out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from the floor).
  • Comments View
    • There is also a standard shower in this facility.
    • The hoist covers the standard shower area.
    • The standard shower has a fixed head and an adjustable head.
    • There is also a portable hoist within this facility.
    • The hoist is motorised.
    • The portable hoist is hook and loop.

Accessible Changing Room (Wet Side)

  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing room is located to the right as you enter the unisex wet side changing room entrance.
  • The facility is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the unisex wet side changing room entrance.
  • The door opens by sliding.
  • The door is not push pad activated.
  • The width of the door is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • The door is locked by a twist lock.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room are 348cm x 279cm (11ft 5in x 9ft 2in).
  • There is a lateral transfer space.
  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
  • The lateral transfer space is 103cm (3ft 5in).
  • 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 43cm (1ft 5in) above floor level.
  • There is a sink.
  • The sink cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The height of the sink is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • The tap type is lever.
  • There is a mixer tap.
  • There is an emergency alarm in the cubicle.
  • The emergency alarm is fully functional.
  • There is not a locker within the accessible changing room.
  • The accessible changing room has a manual hoist.
  • There is a changing bench.
  • The facility changing bench is free standing.
  • The facility changing bench height is fixed.
  • The length of the bench is 200cm (6ft 7in).
  • There is a wheel in shower.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 53cm (1ft 9in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a drainage channel outside the entrance to this facility (photograph 6).

Standard Changing Room (Wet Side)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the unisex wet side changing room entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 24m (26yd 9in) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the swimming pool.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located in the unisex wet side changing area.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Shower facilities are available within the changing room(s).
  • There is not level access to the shower facilities.
  • The shower cubicle(s) / area is / are accessed via an easy slope / ramp.

Accessible Changing Room (Dry Side)

  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing room is located in the rear corridor, to the left as you enter through the main entrance.
  • The facility is 29m (31yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The door opens inwards.
  • The width of the door is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • The door is locked by a twist lock.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room are 197cm x 197cm (6ft 6in x 6ft 6in).
  • There is a lateral transfer space.
  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
  • The lateral transfer space is 186cm (6ft 1in).
  • 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 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • The tap type is lever.
  • There is a mixer tap.
  • There is an emergency alarm in the cubicle.
  • The emergency alarm is fully functional.
  • 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.
  • There is a wheel in shower.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 52cm (1ft 8in).
  • Comments View
    • A portable hoist is available from a member of staff on request.

Accessible Shower (Dry Side)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the female and male dry side changing areas.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 53cm (1ft 9in).
  • There is not level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Level Change (Male Accessible Shower)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 83cm (2ft 9in).

Standard Changing Room (Dry Side - Male)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 11m (12yd 1in) from the sports hall.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located in the first corridor, to the left as you enter the main building.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Shower facilities are available within the changing room(s).
  • There is not level access to the shower facilities.
  • The shower cubicle(s) / area is / are accessed via an easy slope / ramp.
  • Comments View
    • The standard changing rooms can also be accessed from the rear corridor on the left of the building.
    • There are easy slopes throughout the changing room to allow for drainage.
    • The changing room surveyed was the male changing room.
    • There is also a similar female changing room.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilets are located within the unisex wet side changing area accessible changing room.

Standard Toilet(s) (Wet Side)

  • 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 to the right as you enter the unisex wet side changing rooms.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the unisex wet side changing room entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female toilet(s).
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle with wall mounted grab rails is available.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the right as you enter the unisex wet side changing room.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the unisex wet side changing room entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the male toilet(s).
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle with wall mounted grab rails is available.
    • Lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s) (Male Changing Area Dry Side)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located in the dry side male changing room.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 19m (20yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar standard toilets in the female dry side changing room.
    • These could not be surveyed.
    • There are easy slopes throughout to allow for drainage.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • An assistance dog toilet area can be provided onsite.
  • The assistance dog toilet area is located on the grassed area outside the main entrance.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.