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The Galleria - Upper Level

Comet Way, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 0XR

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Getting Help and Assistance

  • British Sign Language interpreters cannot be provided on request.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/nearby.
  • 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 not mobility aids available.

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Entrance (Level 3 Multi-Storey Car Park)

  • This information is for the entrance located between O2 and Clarks.
  • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
  • This entrance sign says 'upper level shops'.
  • There is step-free access at this entrance.
  • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is/are double width.
  • The door(s) is/are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 180cm.

Other Floors (Central Car Park to Upper Level Restaurant Bridge)

  • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
  • The stairs are located opposite the central car park.
  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to enter and exit the stairwell on all floors.
  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are central car park to the upper level restaurant bridge.
  • 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 not 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 varied.

Lift (Central Car Park to Upper Level Restaurant Bridge)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located toward the north side of the upper level restaurant bridge.
  • 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 1 (central car park) and 3 (upper level restaurant bridge).
  • 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 within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is poor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • The clear door width is 108cm (3ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 195cm x 160cm (6ft 5in x 5ft 3in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not 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 not 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.

Other Floors

  • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
  • The stairs are located on both sides of the of the shopping centre.
  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G and 1.
  • There are 15+ steps between floors.
  • The height of the step(s) is/are not 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 not 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 not a landing.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not provided on landings.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are good.

Escalator(s)

  • Wayfinding signage is not provided for escalators.
  • The escalators go both up and down.
  • The floors which are accessible by escalator(s) are G and 1.
  • The escalator(s) steps are not clearly marked.
  • The foot and head of the escalator(s) are not clearly marked.
  • The lighting levels at the escalator(s) are good.

Step(s)

  • There is a/are step(s) located at the foot of the escalators.
  • The step(s) is/are used to access the escalators.
  • There is/are 4 step(s).
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
  • The going 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 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.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are good.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you enter the south entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G and 1.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not 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 within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is poor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is fair.
  • The clear door width is 107cm (3ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 167cm x 186cm (5ft 6in x 6ft 1in).
  • There are no separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not 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 not 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 low.

Step(s)

  • There is a/are step(s) located to the right as you face the escalators.
  • The step(s) is/are used to access the escalators.
  • There is/are 5 step(s).
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
  • The going 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 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.
  • There is a second lower handrail.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are good.

Escalator(s)

  • Wayfinding signage is not provided for escalators.
  • The escalators go both up and down.
  • The floors which are accessible by escalator(s) are G and 1.
  • The escalator(s) steps are not clearly marked.
  • The foot and head of the escalator(s) are not clearly marked.
  • The lighting levels at the escalator(s) are good.

Shopping Centre Internal Area(s) (Galleria Upper Level South)

  • 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 vinyl and tiles.
  • There is flooring with a very shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.
  • There is 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; metal benches, armchairs and sofas.
  • There are some centrally located kiosks or shops along walkways in this area.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Background music is played in this area.
  • Background music is played throughout the shopping centre.
  • There is an events area which is located next to Caffé Nero.
  • There is step free access in this area.

Guest Services Counter

  • The counter is located on the upper level, opposite M&S Outlet.
  • 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 93cm.
  • 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 of the counter is 70cm.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the lowered section of the counter.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered section of the counter.
  • There is not a clear list of services at the counter.
  • The customer services counter is used for Shopmobility.
  • 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 carpet and tiles.
  • There is a waiting area close to the counter.
  • Access to the waiting area is unobstructed.
  • The following types of seating can be found in this area; armchairs and sofas.
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to use the waiting area.

Shopmobility (Customer Services Counter)

  • Route maps are available.
  • Manual wheelchairs are available.
  • Powered wheelchairs are available.
  • Powered scooters are available.
  • Equipment does not have to be booked in advance.
  • There is not a hire charge.
  • Trained escorts are not available for people with a visual impairment.
  • Trained escorts are not available for people with a hearing impairment.

Ramp(s) or Slope(s) (Galleria Upper Level South - Restaurant Bridge)

  • There is a ramp/slope located between the upper level shopping area and the upper restaurant bridge.
  • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the ramp.
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • The lighting levels at the ramp/slope are good.

Shopping Centre Internal Area(s) (Restaurant Bridge)

  • Digital wayfinders are not available.
  • Overhead signs are provided to aid wayfinding.
  • The type of flooring in this area is tiles.
  • There is flooring with a very shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.
  • There is flooring which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Background music is played in this area.
  • Background music is played throughout the shopping centre.
  • There is step free access in this area.

Lift (Lower and Upper Level South Shops and Car Parks 5 & 6)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located opposite Caffé Nero.
  • Signs indicating the location of the lift are clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is 1 other lift in this location.
  • The other lift has very similar/identical specifications.
  • 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 1 (lower level), 3 (upper level), 5 (car park) and 6 (car park).
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not 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 within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is poor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • The clear door width is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 170cm x 200cm (5ft 7in x 6ft 7in).
  • 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 have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Upper Level South Corridor)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • The accessible toilet surveyed is for the sole use of disabled people.
  • This accessible toilet is located between O2 and Clarks.
  • 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 required for the accessible toilet.
  • The key is a radar key.
  • The key can be obtained from a member of staff.
  • There is pictorial and written text 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 locking handle.
  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 181cm x 192cm (5ft 11in x 6ft 4in).
  • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
  • The toilet has 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 113cm (3ft 8in).
  • The transfer space is obstructed by a waste bin.
  • There is a flush, however it is not 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.
  • There is 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 a/are coat hook(s).
  • The height of the coat hook is 171cm from the floor.
  • 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 a mirror.
  • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
  • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
  • The toilet has a fixed horizontal rail without a padded backrest.
  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 44cm (1ft 5in).
  • 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).
  • 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 can be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The height of the soap dispenser is 98cm.
  • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The height of the hand dryer is 112cm (3ft 8in).
  • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
  • 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 good.
  • The lighting levels are low.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Upper Level South Parent and Baby)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • The accessible toilet surveyed is for the sole use of disabled people.
  • This accessible toilet is located between O2 and Clarks.
  • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
  • Clear wayfinding signage for the toilet(s) is provided.
  • This is a shared toilet.
  • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
  • The door opens outwards.
  • The door has a closer and maybe difficult for some to open.
  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
  • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 212cm x 250cm (6ft 11in x 8ft 2in).
  • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
  • The toilet has 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 143cm (4ft 8in).
  • There is a flush, however it is not 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.
  • 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.
  • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
  • The toilet has a cistern.
  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
  • 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • There are no vertical wall-mounted grab rails at the wash basin.
  • The wash basin tap type is sensor.
  • There is not a mixer tap.
  • There is a soap dispenser.
  • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The height of the soap dispenser is 105cm.
  • There is a towel dispenser.
  • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The height of the towel dispenser is 125cm (4ft 1in).
  • There is a hand dryer.
  • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The height of the hand dryer is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
  • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
  • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
  • 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 88cm (2ft 11in).
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    • There is an intercom to access the toilet.
    • The height of the intercom is 120cm.
    • There is a push button to exit the toilet.
    • The height of the push button is 130cm.
    • The toilet door locks upon shutting and can't be opened again without pressing either the intercom from the outside or the exit push button.

Standard Toilet(s) (Upper Level South)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located between O2 and Clarks.
  • There is step-free access to the female toilet(s).
  • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
  • 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 sensor.
  • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
  • Lighting levels are good.
  • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located between O2 and Clarks.
  • There is step-free access to the male toilet(s).
  • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
  • There is a lowered urinal available.
  • The height of the lowered urinal is 55cm.
  • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the lowered urinal.
  • The lowered urinal does not contrast visually with the wall.
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair in front of the lowered urinal (90cm x 140cm).
  • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is available.
  • There is a vertical grab rail to the left of the seat.
  • There is not a lowered wash basin available.
  • The wash basin(s) tap type is sensor.
  • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
  • Lighting levels are good.

Parent and Baby Room (Upper Level South)

  • There is a parent and baby room for public use.
  • The parent and baby room is located between 02 and Clarks.
  • 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 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • 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 86cm.
  • The wash basin tap type is sensor.
  • There is a/are chair(s) in the parent and baby room.
  • There is 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.

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