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The Roundhouse - National Trust

1 Sheepcote Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B16 8AE

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Summary

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  • Amenities in this building include: a reception and exhibition rooms.
  • Additional amenities in this area include: guided tours of the surrounding area, on foot, kayak or paddle board.
  • The most accessible entrance has a steep ramp/slope and a manual door.
  • This entrance is the visitor reception entrance.
  • There is step-free access once inside.
  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • Staff/volunteers can describe the layout and access around the site.
  • The following are also available: seating, audio description and a clearly signed hearing assistance system.
  • At the time of our visit the hearing assistance system was working.
  • This site is not part of the Sunflower Lanyard Scheme.
  • Toilet and changing facilities available include: a toilet with some adaptations and step free standard toilets.
  • The toilet with adaptations for disabled people surveyed can be found in the toilet block adjacent to the visitor reception.
  • This toilet with adaptations for disabled people is approximately 7m from the visitor reception entrance.
  • The standard toilets surveyed can be found in the toilet block adjacent to the visitor reception.

Admissions

  • At this location the following are free to access for all visitors: the outdoor space and visitor reception.
  • At this location the following areas require payment from everyone (including National Trust members): the city tours, with discounts for National Trust members.
  • This site offers companion or carer discounts.
  • Tours can be booked in advance, but if spaces are available, it is possible to participate without pre-booking.

Public Transport

Parking

  • This building does not have a car park.
  • Nearby parking includes: a multi-storey public car park.
  • The closest public car park is the Birmingham Arena (South Car Park).

Equipment and Resources to Borrow

Outdoor Spaces

  • This information is for the access point located at the junction of Sheepcote Street and St Vincent's Street.
  • Access into the area is via a steep ramp/slope.
  • The slope is over 150cm wide, with no handrails.
  • There is open access at the surveyed access point.
  • The bollards contrast visually with the paving.
  • The following outdoor facilities are available: a cobbled courtyard and seating.
  • The outdoor spaces include the following surfaces: cobbled and block paving.
  • Footpaths are available in some of the outdoor space.
  • The majority of the paths are wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There is no step-free level access around the area.
  • There are steep ramps/slopes without handrails in the main areas .
  • There are steep slopes throughout the area.
  • There are bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.

Visitor Reception

  • Access into the area is via a steep ramp/slope.
  • The slope is over 150cm wide, with no handrails.
  • The door is manual, opens inwards and has a high colour contrast with the surrounding walls.
  • The width of the door opening is 100cm.
  • Internally the door has a high colour contrast.
  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the doorway with a height of less than 1.5cm.
  • There is step-free level access around the area.
  • There is room for wheelchair users to manoeuvre (150cm x 150cm) throughout the area.
  • All flooring is smooth and even.
  • There is step-free level access to the counter.
  • The height of the counter is 109cm.
  • There is a low level section at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.
  • The counter has windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
  • The counter has a clearly signed hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing assistance system was tested and working at the time of the survey.
  • There are bench seats available in the visitor reception.
  • The following furniture is permanently fixed: all of the chairs.
  • Services/facilities available include: a member of staff to provide assistance.
  • There is no (or very little) background noise here.
  • Lighting levels are moderate to good.

Attraction / Exhibit (Visitor Reception)

  • There is step-free level access into the area.
  • The majority of walkway widths are between 120cm and 180cm.
  • There is background noise here.
  • Exhibit information includes the following formats: tactile, pictorial, information board, television/screen, audio description and subtitles.
  • Some of the exhibits have hearing assistance systems which are not signed.
  • The hearing assistance systems were tested and working at the time of the survey.
  • There is step-free level access around the area.
  • There are bench seats and chairs without armrests available in the area.
  • The following furniture is permanently fixed: some of the chairs.
  • All flooring in the area is smooth and even.
  • Lighting levels are moderate to good.

Entrance (Toilet Block)

  • The entrance surveyed is located adjacent to visitor reception.
  • There is step-free access via slope at the entrance.
  • The steep slope is over 150cm wide, with no handrails.
  • There is a single manual door which is permanently open.
  • The width of the opening is 78cm.

Toilet with Adaptations (Toilet Block - Ambulant - Right Hand Transfer)

  • This toilet is located adjacent to the visitor reception.
  • There is step-free level access into the toilet.
  • This toilet is approximately 7m from the visitor reception.
  • There is pictorial signage on or near the door.
  • The door is manual, opens outwards and has a low colour contrast with the surrounding walls.
  • The width of the toilet door opening is 85cm.
  • The door has a locking handle.
  • The dimensions of the cubicle are 152cm x 250cm and it does not have a 150cm x 150cm turning space.
  • There is a lateral transfer space to the right of the seat but it is obstructed.
  • The lateral transfer space is 84cm from the side of the toilet pan to the wall.
  • There is a lever flush on the transfer side.
  • The following grab rails are available: a horizontal grab rail on the door, a horizontal grab rail on the non transfer side, a vertical grab rail on the transfer side and vertical grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
  • The following fixtures can be reached from the toilet seat: toilet roll holder and wash basin.
  • The following fixtures cannot be reached from the toilet seat: soap dispenser and hand dryer.
  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm.
  • The height of the toilet roll holder is 90cm.
  • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
  • The height of the wash basin is 75cm.
  • The height of the soap dispenser is 116cm.
  • The height of the hand dryer is 105cm.
  • The height of the baby change is 78cm.
  • There is a pull cord emergency alarm at a recommended height (within 10cm from the floor).
  • There is a shelf located where it is reachable for seated and standing users.
  • The shelf does not meet the criteria for Stoma Friendly Toilets. For the Stoma Friendly Toilets criteria click here and select the Stoma Friendly tab in the right hand pane.
  • The cubicle has: a full length mirror, a sanitary bin, a clinical waste bin and a padded back rest for seat.
  • The following have a high colour contrast with their surroundings: all grab rails, the dropdown rail, the floor and the toilet seat.
  • The following have a less clear colour contrast with their surroundings: the internal door.
  • Lighting levels are moderate to good.

Standard Toilet (Toilet Block)

  • There is step-free level access into the toilet.
  • The door is manual, opens inwards and has a low colour contrast with the surrounding walls.
  • The width of the door opening is 70cm.
  • Internally the door has a low colour contrast.
  • The shared standard toilet was surveyed.
  • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • There are hand dryers.