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Bluewater - Star Court

Bluewater, Greenhithe, Kent, DA9 9ST

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Opening Times (Bluewater)

  • The venue is open 24hrs.
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    • The shopping centre is open 24 hours.
    • The opening times of shops, cafés and restaurants in the centre vary.
    • Please see the Bluewater website for more information.

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Getting Help and Assistance

  • Guest services associates, Security officers, Cleaning operatives and Car park attendants receive Autism Awareness training.
  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language. Please phone the venue in advance for more information.
  • Guest Services Associates do receive training in escorting visually impaired people.
  • Alternative formats of the shopping centre map are available in large print.
  • There is an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/nearby.
  • The assistance dog toilet or toileting area is located on the grassed areas around the site.
  • There is a designated place of safety which can be used by people with dementia, autism or learning disabilities.
  • The place of safety is located on Lower Rose Gallery, in The Quiet Place.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are not available.
  • There are mobility aids available.
  • The mobility aids available include wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact Ability Plus.

Parking

Shopping Centre Internal Area(s) (Star Court Lower Level)

  • Digital wayfinders are not available.
  • Overhead signs are provided to aid wayfinding.
  • Information posts are provided to aid wayfinding.
  • The type of flooring in this area is marble.
  • There is flooring with a very shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.
  • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in the majority of corridors/walkways.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Background music is played in this area.
  • Background music is played throughout the court.
  • There is step free access in this area.

Other Floors (Star Court)

  • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
  • The stairs are located to the centre of Star Court.
  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are Lower and Upper.
  • There are 15+ steps between floors.
  • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
  • The going of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
  • Handrails are 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.
  • There is a landing.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not provided on landings.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are good.

Lift (Star Court)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located between House of Fraser and Coach on the lower level and between House of Fraser and T.M.Lewin on the upper level.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are Lower and Upper.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are not within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is good.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • The clear door width is 138cm (4ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 225cm x 177cm (7ft 5in x 5ft 10in).
  • There are no separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is not a list of floor services available within 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.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.

Shopping Centre Internal Area(s) (Star Court Upper Level)

  • Digital wayfinders are not available.
  • Overhead signs are provided to aid wayfinding.
  • Information posts are provided to aid wayfinding.
  • The type of flooring in this area is marble.
  • There is flooring with a very shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.
  • There is some flooring which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
  • The following types of seating can be found in this area; wooden benches.
  • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in the majority of corridors/walkways.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • Background music is played in this area.
  • Background music is played throughout the court.
  • There is step free access in this area.

Guest Services Counter (Star Court Concierge Desk)

  • The counter is located on Upper Star Court.
  • There is step-free access to the counter, via lift.
  • There is a clear unobstructed route to the counter.
  • There are no windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the counter which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
  • The counter is not placed in front of a background which is patterned.
  • The lighting levels at the counter are good.
  • The height of the counter is 122cm.
  • There is not sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
  • There is a lowered section of the counter.
  • The height of the lowered section of the counter is 82cm.
  • 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 low/lowered section of the counter.
  • There is not a clear list of services at the counter.
  • The Guest Services Counter is used for centre information and Bluewater Gift Cards.
  • There is not a digital wayfinders touchscreen at the counter.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system at the counter.
  • The type of flooring in this area is marble.
  • There is not a waiting area close to the counter.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located on Upper Thames Walk Yellow.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • The nearest standard toilet(s) is/are located on Upper Thames Walk Yellow.

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