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1 Windrush Square, Brixton, London, SW2 1EF

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include Archives, a Library, an Exhibition Hall, Meeting Rooms, and a Café.
  • Comments View
    • Access to the Library is by appointment only.
    • To use documents from the archives you will need to book an appointment and then the documents will be taken to the reading room in the library by a member of staff.

Location

  • The venue is in a pedestrian area.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Brixton.
  • The nearest underground station is Brixton.

Opening Hours

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in).

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 3m (3yd 10in) 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 has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • The hearing assistance system was not tested at the time of the survey.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played in the Café.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are good.

Eating and Drinking

  • The following information is for the café.
  • The café is located to the left of reception.
  • 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 not 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 4m (4yd 1ft) from the Main Entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 45cm (1ft 6in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 71cm (2ft 4in).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • 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.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are -1, G, 1, and 2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the Reception Foyer.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are -1, G, 1, and 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the Main Entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm 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 not 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 not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is good.

Accessible Toilet (Basement level. Right Hand Transfer)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the lower ground floor.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 180cm x 210cm (5ft 11in x 6ft 11in).
    • There is 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 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not 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 fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are sanitary and waste paper pedal bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer requires hands to be inserted into the top.
    • 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 not a toilet roll holder.
    • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Ground floor)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet facilities in this area.
  • This accessible toilet is located opposite the Main Entrance as you walk through the doors.
  • This accessible toilet is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the Entrance.
  • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
  • This is a shared toilet.
  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
  • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
  • The door opens outwards.
  • The door is easy to open.
  • The door is locked by a twist lock.
  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 227cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 5in).
  • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
  • The toilet has not got a non-slip floor.
  • There is not a lateral transfer space.
  • The transfer space is obstructed by the sanitary bins.
  • 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.
  • 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 general domestic waste disposal units.
  • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • There is not a/are not wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
  • 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 cistern.
  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 52cm (1ft 8in).
  • 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 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • 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).
  • The height of the wash basin is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
  • The wash basin tap type is twist/turn.
  • There is a mixer tap.
  • Taps 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.
  • 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 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
  • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
  • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
  • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
  • 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 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • There is not an opposite transfer toilet in this location.
  • The opposite transfer cubicle N/A very similar or identical specifications.
  • Comments View
    • There is 49cm of space on the left side of the toilet.
    • There is 55cm of space on the right side of the toilet.
    • The pull cord emergency alarm is functioning but obstructed by the bin.
    • The soap dispenser is free standing and placed on the sink.

Accessible Toilet(s) (1st floor. Right Hand Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet facilities in this area.
  • This accessible toilet is located 1st floor to the far left after the stairs.
  • This accessible toilet is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the Entrance.
  • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
  • This is a shared toilet.
  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
  • There is written text signage on or near the toilet door.
  • The door opens outwards.
  • The door is easy to open.
  • The door is locked by a twist lock.
  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 92cm (3ft).
  • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 154cm x 237cm (5ft 1in x 7ft 9in).
  • The accessible toilet does 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 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • 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 waste paper pedal bin disposal units.
  • There is a/are coat hook(s).
  • The height of the coat hook is 159cm 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 the right.
  • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
  • There is not a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
  • There is a mirror.
  • The mirror is placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
  • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
  • The shelf is not between 90cm and 100cm.
  • The toilet does not have a backrest or a cistern.
  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 51cm (1ft 8in).
  • 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 91cm (2ft 12in).
  • 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 twist/turn.
  • There is a mixer tap.
  • Taps have clear markings to indicate hot and cold settings.
  • There is a soap dispenser.
  • 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 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
  • 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 contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
  • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • There is not an opposite transfer toilet in this location.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the lower ground floor.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • This is by lift.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle with wall mounted grab rails is available.
    • Lighting levels in the female and male toilets are good.

Additional Info

  • Staff do not receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are not available 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 at the front of the venue.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service cannot be requested.