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Marks and Spencer Tamworth

Ventura Retail Park, Ventura Park Road, Bitterscote, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3JD

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Introduction

Public Transport and Parking

  • Public Transport View
    • There is a bus stop within approximately 150m of the store.
    • The nearest train station is Wilnecote.
  • Parking View
    • The store has its own car park.
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located at the front and side of the building.
    • 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.
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked/signposted.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 353cm x 500cm (11ft 7in x 16ft 5in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 14m (15yd 11in) from the Womenswear entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 33m (36yd 3in) from the Womenswear entrance.
    • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are available.
    • 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 dropped kerbs.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the car park to the store.
    • The dropped kerb does have tactile paving.
    • Customers do not have to cross a road between the car park and the store.
    • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.
    • The maximum height of the restriction barrier is 270cm (8ft 10in).
  • Comments View
    • Free parking is available for 4 hours only.

Food Hall Blue Badge Parking

  • The external route from the till area to the Blue Badge bays at the front of the store is difficult to manage with mobility aids or trollies.
  • The slope to the standard parking is easy to negotiate but the pathway leading to the front of the store has a steep hump to serve an emergency exit. The pathway is also narrow as vehicles overhang the kerb.
  • It is recommended that customers using the Blue Badge bays return through the Food Hall and exit at the Main Entrance.

Approach (Womenswear)

  • There is step free access on the approach to the store.
  • The surface of the approach is block paving.
  • There is a/are fixed bollard(s) on the approach to the store.

Outside Access (Womenswear)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is step free access at this entrance.
  • Ramp/Slope Details View
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
  • Entrance Details View
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 236cm (7ft 9in).
    • There is a second set of doors at this entrance.
    • The second set of doors open automatically.
    • The second set of doors are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 237cm (7ft 9in).

Approach (Food Hall)

  • There is a slight slope on the approach to the store.
  • The slope overcomes the step(s).
  • There is/are 1 clearly marked step(s) on the approach to the store.
  • The height of the step(s) is/are 15cm.
  • There is a/are handrail(s) available on the left going up.
  • The surface of the approach is block paving, which is uneven in places.

Outside Access (Food Hall)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building.
  • There is step free access at this entrance.
  • Entrance Details View
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 136cm (4ft 6in).

Approach (Menswear)

  • There is step free access on the approach to the store.
  • There is a slight slope on the approach to the store.
  • The surface of the approach is block paving, which is uneven in places.
  • The approach is uneven due to uneven paving tiles.
  • There is a/are fixed bollard(s) on the approach to the store.

Outside Access (Menswear)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the store.
  • There is step free access at this entrance.
  • Ramp/Slope Details View
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
  • Entrance Details View
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 182cm (5ft 12in).
    • There is a second set of doors at this entrance.
    • The second set of doors open automatically.
    • The second set of doors are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 190cm (6ft 3in).

Inside Access

  • Inside Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the store.
    • The store does not play background music.
    • There is a/are fixed hearing assistance system(s) in the store.
    • The hearing assistance system(s) is/are located at the Womenswear counter, at the Bureau de Change counter, at the food information counter and at the Order & Collect counter.
    • There is a cash machine in the store.
    • There is a/are wheelchair(s) available to borrow.
    • Trolleys designed for the use of wheelchair users are available.
  • Order and Collect View
    • There is an Order and Collect service in the store.
    • Customers can obtain online Order and Collect items from the Order and Collect counter.
    • The Order and Collect counter is located to the rear of the store as you enter the Womenswear entrance.
    • There is step free access to the Order and Collect counter.
    • There is a clear accessible route to the Order and Collect counter.
    • The Order and Collect counter is approximately 46m from the Womenswear entrance.
    • The height of the Order and Collect counter is 90cm.
    • There is a hearing assistance system at the counter.
    • There are not windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the till(s)/counter(s) which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The till(s)/counter(s) is/are placed in front of a background which is patterned.

Food Hall

  • Food Hall View
    • The Food Hall is located ahead as you enter the food hall entrance.
    • There is step free access to the Food Hall.
    • The majority of aisles have a clear width of 100cm+ and are clear of obstructions.
    • There is step free access throughout the Food Hall aisle(s).
  • Till(s)/Counter(s) View
    • There is a food information counter.
    • There is step free access to the food information counter.
    • There is a clear accessible route to the food information counter.
    • The height of the food information counter is 95cm.
    • There is a hearing assistance system at the counter.
    • There is a/are checkout(s) and self service till(s) (Scott tills) in the Food Hall.
    • The height of the checkout(s) is/are 96cm.
    • Staff can provide assistance with using the self service till(s) (Scott tills).

Womenswear

  • Womenswear View
    • Womenswear is located ahead as you enter the Womenswear entrance.
    • There is step free access to Womenswear.
    • The majority of aisles have a clear width of 100cm+ and are clear of obstructions.
    • There is step free access throughout the Womenswear aisle(s).
  • Till(s)/Counter(s) View
    • There is step free access to the Womenswear till(s)/counter(s).
    • There is a clear accessible route to the Womenswear till(s)/counter(s).
    • The nearest Womenswear till(s)/counter(s) is/are approximately 23m from the Womenswear entrance.
    • The height of the Womenswear till(s)/counter(s) is/are 91cm.
    • There is a hearing assistance system at the till(s)/counter(s).
    • There are windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the till(s)/counter(s) which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The till(s)/counter(s) is/are not placed in front of a background which is patterned.
  • Accessible Fitting Room(s) View
    • There is/are 13 fitting room(s) in total within Womenswear, 1 of which is an accessible fitting room.
    • There is step free access to the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a clear accessible route to the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a curtain opening to access the accessible fitting room(s).
    • The clear width of the opening is 102cm.
    • The dimensions of the accessible fitting room(s) are 219cm x 200cm.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a/are wall mounted rail(s) in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a drop down rail in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a mirror in the accessible fitting room(s), the bottom edge of the mirror is 31cm from the floor.
    • There are coat hooks in the accessible fitting room(s) at 104cm and 173cm from the floor.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a drop down/tip up chair in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • The height of the chair from the floor is 40cm.
    • There is a functional assistance bell in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • The height of the assistance bell from the floor is 87cm.
  • Standard Fitting Room(s) View
    • There is/are 12 standard fitting room(s) within Womenswear.
    • There is step free access to the standard fitting room(s).
    • There is a clear accessible route to the standard fitting room(s).
    • There is a chair/stool/changing bench in the standard fitting room(s).

Menswear

  • Menswear View
    • Menswear is located to the left of the store as you enter the Womenswear entrance.
    • There is step free access to Menswear.
    • The majority of aisles have a clear width of 100cm+ and are clear of obstructions.
    • There is step free access throughout the Menswear aisle(s).
    • There is a browse and order hub within Menswear.
  • Accessible Fitting Room(s) View
    • There is/are 7 fitting room(s) in total within Menswear, 1 of which is an accessible fitting room.
    • There is step free access to the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a clear accessible route to the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a curtain opening to access the accessible fitting room(s).
    • The clear width of the opening is 100cm.
    • The dimensions of the accessible fitting room(s) are 201cm x 223cm.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a/are wall mounted rail(s) in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a drop down rail in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a mirror in the accessible fitting room(s), the bottom edge of the mirror is 32cm from the floor.
    • There are coat hooks in the accessible fitting room(s) at 104cm and 144cm from the floor.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a drop down/tip up chair in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • The height of the chair from the floor is 45cm.
    • There is a functional assistance bell in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • The height of the assistance bell from the floor is 82cm.
  • Standard Fitting Room(s) View
    • There is/are 6 standard fitting room(s) within Menswear.
    • There is step free access to the standard fitting room(s).
    • There is a clear accessible route to the standard fitting room(s).
    • There is a chair/stool/changing bench in the standard fitting room(s).

Babywear/Kidswear

  • Babywear/Kidswear View
    • Babywear/Kidswear is located to the left rear of the store as you enter the Womenswear entrance.
    • There is step free access to Babywear/Kidswear.
    • The majority of aisles have a clear width of 100cm+ and are clear of obstructions.
    • There is step free access throughout the Babywear/Kidswear aisle(s).
    • There is a browse and order hub within Babywear/Kidswear.
  • Till(s)/Counter(s) View
    • There is step free access to the Babywear/Kidswear till(s)/counter(s).
    • There is a clear accessible route to the Babywear/Kidswear till(s)/counter(s).
    • The nearest Babywear/Kidswear till(s)/counter(s) is/are approximately 44m from the Womenswear entrance.
    • The height of the Babywear/Kidswear till(s)/counter(s) is/are 90cm.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system at the till(s)/counter(s).
    • There are windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the till(s)/counter(s) which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The till(s)/counter(s) is/are not placed in front of a background which is patterned.

Lingerie

  • Lingerie View
    • Lingerie is located to the rear of the store as you enter the Womenswear entrance.
    • There is step free access to Lingerie.
    • The majority of aisles have a clear width of 100cm+ and are clear of obstructions.
    • There is step free access throughout the Lingerie aisle(s).
  • Till(s)/Counter(s) View
    • There is step free access to the Lingerie till(s)/counter(s).
    • There is a clear accessible route to the Lingerie till(s)/counter(s).
    • The nearest Lingerie till(s)/counter(s) is/are approximately 33m from the Womenswear entrance.
    • The height of the Lingerie till(s)/counter(s) is/are 90cm.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system at the till(s)/counter(s).
    • There are windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the till(s)/counter(s) which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The till(s)/counter(s) is/are not placed in front of a background which is patterned.
  • Accessible Fitting Room(s) View
    • There is/are 9 fitting room(s) in total within Lingerie, 1 of which is an accessible fitting room.
    • There is step free access to the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a clear accessible route to the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a curtain opening to access the accessible fitting room(s).
    • The clear width of the opening is 102cm.
    • The dimensions of the accessible fitting room(s) are 221cm x 200cm.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a/are wall mounted rail(s) in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a drop down rail in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a mirror in the accessible fitting room(s), the bottom edge of the mirror is 31cm from the floor.
    • There are coat hooks in the accessible fitting room(s) at 104cm and 155cm from the floor.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a drop down/tip up chair in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • The height of the chair from the floor is 44cm.
    • There is a functional assistance bell in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • The height of the assistance bell from the floor is 84cm.
  • Standard Fitting Room(s) View
    • There is/are 8 standard fitting room(s) within Lingerie.
    • There is step free access to the standard fitting room(s).
    • There is a clear accessible route to the standard fitting room(s).
    • There is a chair/stool/changing bench in the standard fitting room(s).

Beauty

  • Beauty View
    • The Beauty department is located to the rear right of the store as you enter the Womenswear entrance.
    • There is step free access to the Beauty department.
    • The majority of aisles have a clear width of 100cm+ and are clear of obstructions.
    • There is step free access throughout the Beauty department aisle(s).

Home

  • Home View
    • The Home department is located to the rear of the store as you enter the Womenswear entrance.
    • There is step free access to the Home department.
    • The majority of aisles have a clear width of 100cm+ and are clear of obstructions.
    • There is step free access throughout the Home department aisle(s).
    • There is a browse and order hub within the Home department.
  • Till(s)/Counter(s) View
    • There is step free access to the Home department till(s)/counter(s).
    • There is a clear accessible route to the Home department till(s)/counter(s).
    • The nearest Home department till(s)/counter(s) is/are approximately 42m from the Womenswear entrance.
    • The height of the Home department till(s)/counter(s) is/are 75cm.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system at the till(s)/counter(s).

M&S Bank / Bureau de Change

  • Bureau de Change View
    • There is a Bureau de Change service in the store.
    • The Bureau de Change is located to the rear of the store as you enter the Womenswear entrance.
    • There is step free access to the Bureau de Change.
    • There is a clear accessible route to the Bureau de Change.
    • The Bureau de Change is approximately 47m from the Womenswear entrance.
    • The height of the Bureau de Change counter is 100cm.
    • There is a hearing assistance system at the counter.

Café (M&S Café)

  • The Café is located to the rear left of the store as you enter the Womenswear entrance.
  • There is step free access to the Café.
  • There is a clear accessible route to the Café.
  • There is step free access throughout the Café.
  • Food and/or drink(s) is/are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food and/or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • The height of the service counter is 86cm.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 2m from the Café entrance/opening.
  • The distance between the floor and the dining tables is 70cm.
  • There is clear manoeuvring space to the service counter and to the outer tables and chairs.
  • Menus are available on the wall.
  • The Café has a menu board.
  • Hand held large print menus are available on request.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in good contrasting colours.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Two handle cups are available on request.
  • The Café does not play background music.
  • WiFi is available in the Café.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is an accessible toilet in the store.
  • Location of and Access to the Accessible Toilet View
    • The accessible toilet is unisex.
    • The accessible toilet is located to the rear left of the store as you enter the Womenswear entrance.
    • There is step free access to the accessible toilet.
    • There is a clear accessible route to the accessible toilet.
    • The accessible toilet is approximately 53m from the Womenswear entrance.
  • Features and Dimensions of the Accessible Toilet View
    • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the accessible toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is tactile, pictorial and written signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens towards you (pull).
    • The width of the door opening is 80cm.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 220cm.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space 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 79cm.
    • There is a drop down rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm.
    • There are not disposable facilities in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a coat hook in the accessible toilet, 140cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures in the Accessible Toilet View
    • There is a/are wall mounted rail(s).
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a shelf or equivalent flat surface in the accessible toilet (includes toilet cistern).
    • The shelf or equivalent flat surface is not within 95cm of the floor.
    • There is a mirror in the accessible toilet, the bottom edge of the mirror is 60cm from the floor.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 52cm.
    • The toilet has a backrest and a cistern.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached when seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 90cm.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached when seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the wash basin is 73cm.
    • The tap type is lever. It is a mixer tap.
    • The tap(s) can be reached when seated on the toilet.
    • The distance from the nearest tap(s) to the toilet seat is 49cm.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached when seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 100cm.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached when seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 105cm.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The height of the hand dryer is 92cm.
  • Colour Contrast in the Accessible Toilet View
    • There is a colour contrast between the external door and wall.
    • There is a colour contrast between internal door and wall.
    • There is a colour contrast between the grab rail(s) on the right and wall.
    • There is a colour contrast between the grab rail(s) on the left and wall.
    • There is a colour contrast between the drop down rail and wall.
    • There is a colour contrast between the walls and floor.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • There is a/are standard female and male toilet(s) in the store.
  • Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet(s) is/are located to the rear left of the store as you enter the Womenswear entrance.
    • There is step free access to all of the standard female and male toilet(s).
    • There is a clear accessible route to all of the standard female and male toilet(s).
    • There is an ambulant cubicle, with a minimum manoeuvring space of 45cm x 45cm and handrails on both sides.

Parent and Baby Room

  • There is a parent and baby room in the store.
  • The parent and baby room is located to the rear left of the store as you enter the Womenswear entrance.
  • There is step free access to the parent and baby room.
  • There is a clear accessible route to the parent and baby room.
  • The parent and baby room is approximately 54m from the Womenswear entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the room.
  • The height of the baby change table/bench once extended and in use is 96cm.
  • There are disposable 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 89cm.
  • There is a/are chair(s) in the parent and baby room.
  • There is a chair with armrests on both sides.
  • There is a toilet in the parent and baby room.

Additional Information

  • Staff undertake regular internal awareness training.
  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • There is a member of staff available to provide assistance.
  • There is not a home delivery service available from the store.

Sunflower Lanyard Scheme

  • This store is part of the Sunflower Lanyard Scheme.
  • The Sunflower Lanyard Scheme helps people with hidden disabilities which aren’t always obvious – such as autism, dementia and visual or hearing impairments.
  • For more information on this scheme please click here.