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Benfield Centre for Sporting Excellence

Benfield Road, Walkergate, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 4NU

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a 6 court multi-use sports hall, a club/conference room, and a gymnastics centre.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include floodlit astro turf pitches.
  • Comments View
    • The Sports Centre and Fitness Suite/Swimming Pool are located in 2 separate buildings at the rear of the Benfield School site.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Walkergate.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Newcastle Central.

Opening Hours

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located in front 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 5 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 320cm x 480cm (10ft 6in x 15ft 9in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 14m (15yd 11in) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 22m (24yd 2in) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
    • 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.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Entrance - Sports Centre)

  • 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) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 176cm (5ft 9in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 176cm (5ft 9in).

Reception (Sports Centre)

  • The desk/counter is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.

Inside Access (Sports Centre)

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are bright.

Accessible Changing Room (Sports Centre)

  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing room is located to the right as you enter.
  • The facility is 30m (32yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The door opens by sliding.
  • The width of the door is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • The door is locked by a locking handle.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room are 155cm x 170cm (5ft 1in x 5ft 7in).
  • Comments View
    • The female and male accessible changing rooms are identical.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • The baby change facilities are located within the accessible changing room.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 94cm (3ft 1in).

Accessible Shower (Sports Centre)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the accessible changing room.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 50cm (1ft 8in).
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Accessible Toilet (Sports Centre)

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • 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.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 13m (14yd 8in) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the right as you enter, opposite the gymnastics hall.
    • There is level access to this 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 locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 210cm x 150cm (6ft 11in x 4ft 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 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • 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 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • 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 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 fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Changing Room (Sports Centre)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 17m (18yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the gymnastics hall.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located opposite the gymnastics hall.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Shower facilities are available within the changing room(s).
  • There is level access to the shower facilities.

Standard Shower (Sports Centre)

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located within the standard changing rooms.

Standard Toilet(s) (Sports Centre)

Outside Access (Fitness Suite / Swimming Pool - Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 158cm (5ft 2in).

Level Change (Fitness Suite / Swimming Pool - Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

Inside Access (Fitness Suite / Swimming Pool)

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played within the fitness suite.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

Swimming Pool

  • There is level access from the changing area to the swimming pool.
  • There is not a ramped entrance into the water.
  • There is not a wet side chair available.
  • There is a hoist for wheelchair users to access the water.
  • The hoist is manual.
  • There are not steps into the swimming pool.
  • There is a ladder type entrance into the water.
  • There is a handrail on both sides of the ladder.

Accessible Toilet (Swimming Pool)

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • 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.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the fitness suite / swimming pool - main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the right as you enter the swimming pool.
    • There is level access to this 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 is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 300cm x 300cm (9ft 10in x 9ft 10in).
    • 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 200cm (6ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are 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 not a hand dryer.
    • 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).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • Step free access to the swimming pool is via either the standard male or female changing rooms.

Accessible Shower (Swimming Pool)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located within the swimming pool accessible toilet.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 50cm (1ft 8in).
  • Other facilities available include; a ceiling track hoist.
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Standard Changing Room (Swimming Pool)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the fitness suite / swimming pool - main entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the swimming pool.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located on both sides as you enter.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Shower facilities are available within the changing room(s).
  • There is level access to the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • The standard changing rooms are equipped with level access standard toilets and showers.
    • The male and female changing rooms are identical.

Standard Toilet(s) (Swimming Pool)

Fitness Suite

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located on the right as you enter.
    • The fitness suite is 22m (24yd 2in) from the main entrance.
    • There is level access to the fitness suite.
  • IFI Accredited Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite has attained IFI level two.
    • A number of staff have received IFI Mark standard Disability Equality Training.
    • IFI accredited equipment is available.
    • For example: treadmill, upright cycle, recumbent cycle, upper body ergometer, leg curl, leg extension, upper body multi-station and small equipment package.
    • A portable hearing loop is available for induction.
    • Staff are trained to use the portable hearing loop.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • Staff receive some training in assisting disabled people.
    • A portable hearing loop is available for induction.
    • Staff are trained to use the portable hearing loop.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 16:30 - 21:00..
    • Tuesday 16:30 - 21:00..
    • Wednesday 16:30 - 21:00..
    • Thursday 16:30 - 21:00..
    • Friday 16:30 - 21:00..
    • Saturday 09:00 - 15:00..
    • Sunday 09:00 - 15:00..

Accessible Toilet (Fitness Suite)

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • 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.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 19m (20yd 2ft) from the fitness suite / swimming pool - main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the left as you enter the fitness suite.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 280cm x 340cm (9ft 2in x 11ft 2in).
    • 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 160cm (5ft 3in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • 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 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 fair.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Accessible Shower (Fitness Suite)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located within the fitness suite accessible toilet.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 50cm (1ft 8in).
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Standard Changing Room (Fitness Suite)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 19m (20yd 2ft) from the fitness suite / swimming pool - main entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the fitness suite.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located on the right as you enter.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Comments View
    • The standard changing rooms are equipped with a standard toilet which is level access and a standard shower which is accessed by a deep step (as shown in photograph 3).

Standard Toilet(s) (Fitness Suite)

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested 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 immediately outside.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service cannot be requested.