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The Dene Centre, Castle Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1PH

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include disability services, meeting rooms, conference suite, demonstration areas, mobility shop.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include the Angela Blenkinsop mobility garden.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town or city.
  • This venue is situated in Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • The venue is situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Manors.

Opening Times

  • Monday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Thursday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Friday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located at the 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 6 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 320cm x 500cm (10ft 6in x 16ft 5in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 17m (18yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 38m (41yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • 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.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • A service call for assistance is available from within the 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 bell is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main door(s) open automatically.
  • The doors are single width.
  • The door opening is 103cm (3ft 5in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open automatically.
    • The doors are single width.
    • The door opening is 111cm (3ft 8in) wide.

Outside Access (Rear Entrance - First Floor)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the rear of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The door opening is 87cm (2ft 10in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open towards you (pull).
    • The doors are single width.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The door opening is 87cm (2ft 10in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • This is a fire exit, so the door can only be opened from the inside.
    • It can, however, be used to give direct access to the conference room on the first floor if requested.

Level Change (Rear Entrance - First Floor)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading up from the gardens to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 155cm (5ft 1in).

Reception

  • The desk is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk 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

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

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The details here are for the stairs on the opposite side of the building to reception.
    • There is a stair lift fitted on this staircase.
    • Please see the relevant lift section for more details.

Other Floors (Rear Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 14 steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • There is not a landing.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The details here are for the stairs next to the platform lift in the far corner of the building from the main entrance.
    • A stair lift is fitted on these stairs.
    • Please see the relevant lift section for more details.
    • There is an identical staircase, also with a stair lift fitted, close to these stairs, except the handrail is on the left hand side going up.

Lift (Stairs)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the stairs opposite reception.
  • The lift is a stair lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • The lift is 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Lift (Rear Stairs)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the stairs next to the platform lift.
  • The lift is a stair lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • The lift is 60m (65yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar stair lift on the alternative rear stairs which offers transfer space on the right.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the far corner of the building.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • The lift is 55m (60yd 5in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 70cm x 115cm (2ft 4in x 3ft 9in).
  • 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 not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Demonstration Room

  • The demonstation room is located towards the rear of the building.
  • There is level access from the main entrance.
  • It is 35m from the main entrance.
  • The door is 83cm wide and entry is by staff accompanyment.
  • There are various types of equipment including a bed with overhead hoist, manual hoists, mobility aids, different chairs, large text devices, reading aids, scales and various different wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
  • There are various accessible showers and baths in the rear sections.
  • Lighting levels are adjustable.

Demonstration Room - Bath Section

  • There is an adjoining bathroom section with 2 baths.
  • There is an overhead hoist which covers both baths.
  • There is also a mobile hoist and wet chair.
  • The lower bath is 49cm high and the higher bath is 56cm high.
  • The bath room section dimensions are 280cm x 370cm.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Demonstration Room - Shower Section

  • The rear shower section offers various wheel-in shower types.
  • Some have level access, others have a shallow lip or an easy ramp can overcome this.
  • There are some with drop down chairs available.
  • There are also 2 different wetside wheelchairs to borrow.
  • There is a walk-in bathtub available.
  • The shower section dimensions are 190cm x 540cm.
  • Lighting levels are bright.

Kitchen

  • The accessible kitchen is located towards the rear of the building.
  • There is level access from the main entrance.
  • The kitchen offers a lowered sink and lowered cooker hob.
  • There is also lower worktops and lower drawers and cupboards along with standard height cupboards and worktops.
  • There is clear manouvering space for a wheelchair throughout.

Mobility Garden

  • The mobility garden is located to the left of the building.
  • There are a range of surfaces including paving slabs, concrete, cobbles, grass, gravel and tarmac.
  • There are ramps available with various gradients from easy to moderate to steep at the top.
  • There is a handrail to the right on the main slope and on the left through the garden path.
  • There are walkways with shallow or medium steps which offer handrails on both sides.
  • The steps are clearly marked.

Accessible Toilet (Ground Floor)

  • 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 and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 33m (36yd 3in) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located on the far side of the ground floor.
    • 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 by sliding.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 202cm x 200cm (6ft 8in x 6ft 7in).
    • 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 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is not a dropdown rail.
    • There is 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 not available in the cubicle.
    • There is a coat hook.
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • 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 a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There are mirrors.
    • 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 a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The hand dryer is 103cm (3ft 5in) high.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder cannot 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 placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the sink is 77cm (2ft 6in).
  • 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 grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 87cm (2ft 10in).

Accessible Toilet (Clos-o-mat with Hoist)

  • 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 and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 39m (42yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located to the far side of the building.
    • 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 by sliding.
    • The door is locked by a hook.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 73cm (2ft 5in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 200cm x 200cm (6ft 7in x 6ft 7in).
    • 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 110cm (3ft 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 not a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency alarm is fully functional.
    • It is a push button style of alarm.
    • 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 right.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors.
    • 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 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the sink is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • 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 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 medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a drop down changing bench available.
    • It is fixed to the wall, 160cm in length and 90cm high when extended.

Accessible Toilet (Alternative 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 and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 38m (41yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located at the rear of the venue, to the right of the Clos-o-mat accessible toilet and hoist.
    • 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 by sliding.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 190cm x 190cm (6ft 3in x 6ft 3in).
    • 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 125cm (4ft 1in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency alarm is fully functional.
    • It is a push button style of alarm.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a coat hook.
    • The coat hook is within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There are mirrors.
    • 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 towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal 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 medium.

Accessible Toilet (First Floor)

  • 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 and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 3m (3yd 10in) from the stair lift.
    • The accessible toilet is located on the first floor, outside the conference room.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens by sliding.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 158cm x 200cm (5ft 2in x 6ft 7in).
    • 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 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • 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.
    • 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 a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There are mirrors.
    • 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 44cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The towel dispenser is 107cm (3ft 6in) high.
    • 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the sink is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • 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 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 Toilet(s) (Ground Floor)

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents are available in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • An assistance dog toilet area can be provided onsite.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.