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MEA House

Ellison Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8XS

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Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town or city.
  • This venue is situated in Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Manors.

Opening Times

  • Monday 07:30 - 21:00.
  • Tuesday 07:30 - 21:00.
  • Wednesday 07:30 - 21:00.
  • Thursday 07:30 - 21:00.
  • Friday 07:30 - 18:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
  • Comments View
    • The car park is 6m from the venue's entrance.
    • The convenient dropoff point is located on Ellison Place
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Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • There are 5 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 500cm x 350cm (16ft 5in x 11ft 6in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 6m (19ft 8in) from the main accessible entrance.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Comments View
    • The Ellison Place public car park is located to the rear of the venue.
    • The Ellison Place public car park has 7 designated bays.

Outside Access (Ellison Place)

  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are single width.
  • The door opening is 109cm (3ft 7in) wide.

Level Change (Ellison Place)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading up to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Reception

  • The reception desk is 10m (32ft 10in) from the front entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is medium height.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are hearing loops fitted in the Conference Rooms on the 5th floor.
    • The photograph shows one of the function rooms.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G - 5.
    • 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.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the far end of the reception foyer.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G - 5.
  • The lift is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 90cm x 130cm (2ft 11in x 4ft 3in).
  • 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 have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is 23m (25yd 6in) from the accessible entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the corridor to the left as you face the lifts.
  • 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 twist lock.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 170cm x 265cm (5ft 7in x 8ft 8in).
    • 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).
    • The tap type is lever.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are 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 both sides.
    • 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 a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 116cm (3ft 10in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 77cm (2ft 6in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • Wall mounted and drop down rails are available.
    • There are standard toilet available on floors 1 - 4, and accessible toilets available on all floors except the 3rd.
    • There are baby changing facilities available on the 4th floor.
    • There is a Changing Places toilet available on the first floor. Please see the relevant toilet section for more details.

Accessible Toilet (First Floor Changing Places Toilet)

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is 21m (22yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located directly to the right as you exit the 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 twist lock.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 201cm x 290cm (6ft 7in x 9ft 6in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The tap type is lever.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are 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 both sides.
    • 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 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 149cm (4ft 11in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • Wall mounted and drop down rails are available.
    • This toilet also has an electric hoist, height adjustable bed, roll in shower and fold down seat available.
    • The shower controls are twist/ tum and 102 cm high.
    • There is an accessible toilet, similar to the the accessible toilets on the other floors, located next to this changing places toilet.
    • Both are accessed via a moderate ramp, 197 cm wide, from the lifts.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located in the corridor to the left as you face the lifts.
    • The female toilets are 24m (26yd 9in) from the accessible entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located in the corridor to the left as you face the lifts.
    • The male toilets are 20m (21yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are standard toilet available on floors 1 - 4, and accessible toilets available on all floors except the 3rd.
    • There are baby changing facilities available on the 4th floor.
    • There is a Changing Places toilet available on the first floor. Please see the relevant toilet section for more details.

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.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Comments View
    • The photograph shows the shower, seat, bed and hoist in the Changing Places toilet.