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Municipal Buildings

Archway Road, Huyton, Knowsley, Merseyside, L36 9UX

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a council chamber, meeting rooms and council staff offices.

Opening Times

  • Opening times for the venue vary according to bookings/events taking place.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Huyton.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is Archway Road Short Stay Car Park.
    • The car park is located on Archway Road.
  • Blue Badge On Street Parking View
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 192cm x 650cm (6ft 4in x 21ft 4in).
    • On street Blue Badge parking is located on Westmorlands Road.
  • Standard On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.
  • Drop off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 133cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 159cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located on the path leading to the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.

Outside Access (Rear Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 167cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 91cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located on the path leading to the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.

Outside Access (North Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear right of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 77cm (2ft 6in).
  • Comments View
    • These doors are electronically locked and require a key card to open.

Level Change (North 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 is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the right going up.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the right as you face the entrance.
  • There is/are 7 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • The second ramp (to the left of the entrance) is a slight ramp.
    • This ramp has handrails on the right (going up).
  • Comments View
    • The second ramp (to the left of the entrance) is a slight ramp.
    • This ramp has handrails on the right (going up).

Outside Access (South Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the right as you enter the building via main entrance.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • Comments View
    • This door is locked electronically by a keycard.
    • Staff will be needed to open the door.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service(s).
  • 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 medium.

Level Change (Ground Floor)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in the main corridor leading to the public meeting rooms.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 130cm (4ft 3in).

Other Floors (North Staircase)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.
    • 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 Floors (South Staircase)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G,1,, 2, ,3, 4, 5 6 and 7.
    • 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.

Lift (North Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left of the north entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G,1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.
  • The lift is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the north entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 148cm x 139cm (4ft 10in 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 controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Lift (South Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the main corridor behind reception.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 78cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 108cm 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 controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 identical lifts in this area.
    • To access the lifts staff will need to be informed as there is a key card lock on the door leading to the main corridor and the lift.
    • Although the lifts access all floor, only the first floor is used for access to the general public.

Outside Access (Council Chamber)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the first floor.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • Level access is via lift.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in).

Council Chamber

  • The Municipal Building has a council chamber.
  • The council chamber is located on the first floor, at the rear of the corridor.
  • The council chamber is 14m from the lift.
  • There is level access to the council chamber via the lift.
  • There are chairs available in the council chamber.
  • The chairs are not fixed.
  • The chairs can be moved to allow space for a wheelchair.
  • The chairs do not have armrests.
  • There is ample space for a wheelchair to manoeuvre.
  • The chairs are not fixed.

Public Meeting Room

  • There are two public meeting rooms.
  • The meeting rooms are on the ground floor, to the rear of the south building.
  • The meeting room surveyed was public meeting room 2.
  • The door to the public meeting room opens away from you (push).
  • The door is heavy.
  • The door is single with a small locked extension leaf.
  • The door opening width is 90cm, but can be opened further to 118cm by opening the locked leaf.
  • There are chairs in the public meeting room.
  • The chairs do not have armrests.
  • There is ample space for a wheelchair to manoeuvre.

Changing Places

  • Location and access View
    • The facility is located to the rear right of the building.
    • The facility is approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the main entrance.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features View
    • You do need a key for the facility.
    • It is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from reception.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The width of the door is 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • The dimensions of the facility are 323cm x 350cm (10ft 7in x 11ft 6in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is wall mounted.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 180cm (5ft 11in).
    • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
    • The overhead hoist covers the changing bench and the toilet.
    • The sling is attached to the hoist by loop.
    • The facility toilet is peninsular.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 171cm (5ft 7in).
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 140cm (4ft 7in).
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Drop down rails are provided.
    • As you face the toilet the drop down 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 not available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is not available.
    • The facility has a non slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is available.
  • Comments View
    • There is a privacy curtain, however it only covers the toilet and not the changing bench.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • 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 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the rear right of the building.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is not a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from reception.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is not push pad activated.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 130cm x 214cm (4ft 3in x 7ft).
    • There is not 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 80cm (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.
    • 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 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 a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 49cm (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 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 wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • Thev door is unlocked by asking a member of staff at reception.

Standard Toilet(s) (First Floor)

Standard Toilet(s)

Parent and Baby Room

  • There is a parent and baby room for public use.
  • The parent and baby room is located to the right as you enter via the main entrance.
  • The parent and baby room is approximately 13m from the main entrance.
  • There is step-free access to the parent and baby room.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the room.
  • There is pictorial signage on or near the parent and baby room door.
  • The baby change table is set against the wall, permanently fixed at 75cm from the floor.
  • The baby change table is not height adjustable.
  • The height of the baby change table once extended is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • There are disposal facilities in the parent and baby room.
  • There is a wash basin in the parent and baby room.
  • The height of the wash basin is 89cm.
  • The wash basin tap type is twist/turn.
  • There is a/are chair(s) in the parent and baby room.
  • There is not a chair with armrests on both sides.
  • There is not a toilet in the parent and baby room.
  • There is a flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
  • The lighting levels are good.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested 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 areas surrounding the venue.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Home visits / services are available.