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Braintree Village - Shopping Area

Charter Way, Chapel Hill, Braintree, Essex, CM77 8YH

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Opening Times

  • Monday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 20:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 19:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 17:00.

Getting Here

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is not a designated place of safety which can be used by people with dementia, autism or learning disabilities.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • There are mobility aids available.
  • The mobility aids available include wheelchairs.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact guest services.

Braintree Village Parking

Outside Access (North Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the north side of the shopping village.
  • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
  • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
  • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the door opening is 377cm.
  • There is a second set of doors.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the door opening is 450cm.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of and between the first and second openings.
  • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.

Outside Access (South Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the south side of the shopping village.
  • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
  • This entrance sign says 'Freeport Braintree'.
  • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
  • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the door opening is 800cm.
  • There are fixed barriers at this entrance.
  • The minimum width between the fixed barriers is 61cm.
  • The bollards do have an identification band to aid visually impaired people.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.

Shopping Centre External Area(s) (North)

  • Digital wayfinders are not available.
  • No wayfinding signage is provided in this area.
  • This external area is not covered.
  • The type of flooring in this area is stone/concrete paving.
  • The following types of seating can be found in this area; metal benches.
  • Background music is played in this area.
  • Background music is played throughout the shopping village.
  • There is step free access in this area.
  • Comments View
    • There is a long slope from the east to west of the shopping village.

Shopping Centre External Area(s) (South)

  • Digital wayfinders are not available.
  • Wall mounted signs are provided to aid wayfinding.
  • This external area is not covered.
  • The type of flooring in this area is stone/concrete paving.
  • The following types of seating can be found in this area; wooden benches and metal benches.
  • There is step free access in this area.

Shopping Centre External Area(s) (Central)

  • Digital wayfinders are not available.
  • Wall mounted signs are provided to aid wayfinding.
  • This external area is not covered.
  • The type of flooring in this area is stone/concrete paving.
  • The following types of seating can be found in this area; wooden benches and metal benches.
  • Background music is played in this area.
  • There is step free access in this area.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Upper Central)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • This accessible toilet is located at the top of the central shops Between Bedeck and Asics.
  • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
  • Clear wayfinding signage for the toilet(s) is provided.
  • This is a shared toilet.
  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
  • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
  • The door opens outwards.
  • The door has a closer and maybe difficult for some to open.
  • The door is locked by a twist lock.
  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 145cm x 199cm (4ft 9in x 6ft 6in).
  • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
  • The toilet has not got a non-slip floor.
  • There is a lateral transfer space.
  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
  • The lateral transfer space is 61cm (2ft).
  • The transfer space is obstructed by a waste bin.
  • There is a flush on the transfer side.
  • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
  • There is an emergency alarm.
  • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
  • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
  • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
  • There is a/are female sanitary and non-infectious waste disposal units.
  • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
  • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on the right.
  • There is not a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
  • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
  • There is not a mirror.
  • The toilet has a lid.
  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
  • 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).
  • The height of the toilet roll holder is 92cm (3ft).
  • 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).
  • The height of the wash basin is 69cm (2ft 3in).
  • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the left hand side of the wash basin.
  • The wash basin tap type is lever.
  • There is a mixer tap.
  • Taps do not have clear markings to indicate hot and cold settings.
  • There is a soap dispenser.
  • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The height of the soap dispenser is 100cm.
  • There is not a towel dispenser.
  • 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).
  • The height of the hand dryer is 91cm (2ft 12in).
  • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
  • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
  • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
  • The contrast between the walls and floor is poor.
  • The lighting levels are low.

Standard Toilet(s) (Upper Central)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • There is step-free access to the female toilet(s).
  • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located at the top of the central shops Between Bedeck and Asics.
  • There is step-free access to the female and male toilet(s).
  • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
  • There is not a lowered urinal available in the male toilet(s).
  • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
  • There is not a lowered wash basin available.
  • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
  • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
  • Lighting levels are low.

Parent and Baby Room (Upper Central)

  • There is not a parent and baby room for public use.
  • The parent and baby room is located at the top of the central shops Between Bedeck and Asics.
  • There is step-free access to the parent and baby room.
  • Staff do not 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 not 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 109cm (3ft 7in).
  • 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 80cm.
  • The wash basin tap type is push.
  • 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 not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
  • The lighting levels are low.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Lower Central)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • This accessible toilet is located between The Perfume Shop and Samsonite.
  • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
  • Clear wayfinding signage for the toilet(s) is provided.
  • This is a shared toilet.
  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
  • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
  • The door opens outwards.
  • The door has a closer and maybe difficult for some to open.
  • The door is locked by a twist lock.
  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 82cm (2ft 8in).
  • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 202cm x 190cm (6ft 8in x 6ft 3in).
  • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
  • The toilet has not got a non-slip floor.
  • There is a lateral transfer space.
  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
  • The lateral transfer space is 142cm (4ft 8in).
  • The transfer space is obstructed by waste bins.
  • There is a flush on the transfer side.
  • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
  • There is an emergency alarm.
  • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
  • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
  • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
  • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
  • There is a/are female sanitary and general domestic waste disposal units.
  • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
  • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
  • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
  • There is not a mirror.
  • There is a shelf next to the toilet.
  • The shelf is not between 90cm and 100cm.
  • The toilet has a lid.
  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
  • 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).
  • The height of the toilet roll holder is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • 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).
  • The height of the wash basin is 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
  • The wash basin tap type is lever.
  • There is a mixer tap.
  • Taps do not have clear markings to indicate hot and cold settings.
  • There is a soap dispenser.
  • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The height of the soap dispenser is 96cm.
  • There is not a towel dispenser.
  • 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).
  • The height of the hand dryer is 91cm (2ft 12in).
  • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
  • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
  • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
  • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
  • The lighting levels are low.

Standard Toilet(s) (Lower Central)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located at the bottom of the central shops between The Perfume Shop and Samsonite.
  • There is step-free access to the female and male toilet(s).
  • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
  • There is not a lowered urinal available in the male toilet(s).
  • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
  • There is not a lowered wash basin available.
  • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
  • Lighting levels are low.

Parent and Baby Room (Lower Central)

  • There is a parent and baby room for public use.
  • The parent and baby room is located between The Perfume Shop and Samsonite.
  • There is step-free access to the parent and baby room.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the room.
  • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the parent and baby room door.
  • The baby change table is not 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 105cm (3ft 5in).
  • 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 80cm.
  • The wash basin tap type is push.
  • 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 not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
  • The lighting levels are low.

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