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Life Centre

LSEC Bromley Campus, Rookery Lane, Bromley, Kent, BR2 8HE

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include :br />Level -1: main entrance, lecture theatre, changing rooms, fitness suite
    Level 0: entrance from main building ground floor, sports hall
    Level 1: studio/ viewing gallery.
  • Related link Main Building.
  • Http://www.disabledgo.com/en/access-guide/main-building-
  • Comments View
    • The Life Centre is the college sports centre.
    • It is available for college staff and students.
    • It is anticipated that from late 2015 the centre will also be open to the general public in the evenings and weekends.
    • The centre has its own outside entrance from the rear car park.
    • There is also level access into the centre directly from the ground floor of the main building.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Bromley.
  • The nearest mainline station is Bromley South.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located at the rear of the building, off Rookery Lane.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 10 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 340cm x 570cm (11ft 2in x 18ft 8in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 50m (54yd 2ft) from the Life Centre entrance using the accessible route.
    • The furthest designated bay is 65m (71yd 3in) from the Life Centre entrance using the accessible route.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Life Centre Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located from the lower car park.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open away from you (push).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The door opening is 86cm (2ft 10in) wide.

Level Change (Life Centre Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp or slope is located from the Blue Badge parking area in the car park up to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located leading up to the entrance.
  • There is / are 12 step(s) to the area / service.
  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are deep.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • The accessible route is a long path without intermediate resting places.

Reception

  • The desk is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the Life Centre entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The reception desk is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The reception is not staffed during college use times.
    • It will be used when the centre is open to the public.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • The lecture theatre has retractable tiered seating to create a flexible space.
    • There is space for wheelchair users in front of the tiers.
    • Picture 3 shows the sports science lab.

Fitness Suite

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located on the entrance level (-1) of the centre.
    • The fitness suite is 28m (30yd 1ft) from the centre entrance.
    • There is level access to the fitness suite.
    • There are doors into the fitness suite.
    • The doors open towards you (pull).
    • The doors are double.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The opening is 160cm (5ft 3in) wide.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • Staff receive no training in assisting disabled people.
    • A portable hearing loop is not available for induction.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.
  • Comments View
    • Eqipment includes cycles with backrests nd wieghts machines.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are -1 - 0 - 1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located off the foyer, beyond the reception desk.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are -1-0-1.
  • The lift is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the Life Centre entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 150cm (4ft 7in x 4ft 11in).
  • 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 lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Accessible Changing Room

  • There is not a Changing Places facility available.
  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing rooms are located to the left of the corridor from reception.
  • The accessible changing room is 12m (13yd 4in) from the Life Centre entrance.
  • The accessible changing room is 14m (15yd 11in) from the fitness suite.
  • The accessible changing room is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the reception desk.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room are 250cm x 290cm (8ft 2in x 9ft 6in).
  • The facilities available in the accessible changing room are a wheel in shower and handrails.
  • Other facilities available are an accessible toilet.
  • There is level access to the changing room.
  • Comments View
    • The shower has a flip-down seat 48cm high.
    • The shower handset is adjustable in height.
    • The accessible toilet has a transfer space to the left.
    • There is a drop down rail on the transfer side and grab rails to both sides of the toilet.
    • The mirror and the coat hooks in the room are out of reach to wheelchair users.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the Life Centre entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located to the right of the corridor leading from reception to the fitness centre.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door weight is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 220cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 3in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is not a dropdown rail.
    • There is not a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency 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 not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on the left.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors.
    • 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 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • 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 sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Changing Room

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing rooms are located to the left of the corridor leading from reception towards the fitness suite.
  • The standard changing room is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the entrance.
  • The standard changing room is 25m (27yd 1ft) from the fitness suite.
  • There is level access to the standard changing rooms.

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located in the standard changing rooms.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilets are located to the right of reception.
    • The female and male toilets are 6m (6yd 1ft) from the Life Centre entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are additional standard toilets within the standard changing rooms.
    • In both locations there are larger cubicles which appear to be intended as ambulant cubicles.
    • At the time of our visit (October 2015) the grab rails had yet to be fitted.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is generally on duty.