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Unit 3, Palace Towers, Palace Grounds Road, Hamilton, ML3 6AD

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Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a team member available for help and assistance.
  • There is a home delivery service available from the store.
  • All items available in store are available online and deliverable to store.
  • There is an Order and Collect service in the store.
  • Customers can obtain online Order and Collect items from the Menswear till point.
  • The store does play background music.
  • There is a/are hearing assistance system(s) located at the Womenswear till point(s), at the Menswear till point(s) and at the Childrenswear till point(s).

Introduction

Making Stores Covid-19 Secure

  • External queuing points have been clearly marked where possible to allow for social distancing.
  • The number of people allowed in store has been limited to allow more space for each customer.
  • A member of staff will be available at the entrance door to manage the queue and offer sanitiser.
  • Entrance and exit doors may have been repurposed to allow for social distancing and are clearly marked.
  • Additional hygiene measures, including hand sanitizing, has been installed at the store entrance and throughout the store.
  • Equipment on the shop floor has been located to allow for social distancing.
  • Floor signage has been installed to help with social distancing.
  • Some staircases and escalators may have been repurposed to allow one direction of travel only to allow for social distancing.
  • Lifts have waiting areas to allow for social distancing. Only one person or one household is permitted in the lift at any one time. Lifts have hand sanitizer available at all landings.
  • Till points have clear screens installed to allow for social distancing. Tills and card readers are wiped down after each transaction.
  • All staff members will be wearing clear visors and will be regularly sanitising their hands.
  • All staff members will maintain 2 metres social distancing at all times.
  • All regular touch points are cleaned frequently throughout the day.

Public Transport and Parking

  • Public Transport View
    • There is a bus stop within approximately 150m of the store.
    • The nearest train station is Hamilton Central.
  • Parking View
    • The store does not have its own car park.
    • The store shares a car park/parking facilities.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • Information is not provided at the entrance to the car park, to make it clear whether or not free parking is available to Blue Badge holders.
    • There is a/are designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • 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 345cm x 455cm (11ft 4in x 14ft 11in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays vary in size.
    • There is not a 120cm hatched zone around the Blue Badge parking bay(s).
    • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are available.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the car park to the store.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • There is not a designated drop-off point.

Approach

  • Approach View
    • The surface of the approach is stone/concrete tiles.
    • The approach surface is uneven in places.
    • There are fixed bollards on the approach.
    • The minimum width between the bollards/wall is 136cm.
    • The bollards do not have a good colour contrast to prevent them being hazardous to visually impaired people.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope on the approach.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent, has a slight gradient and has no handrails.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

Outside Access (Home)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the store, on the left.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • There is a dark mat or floor marking at this entrance that might be perceived as a hole.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 188cm.
    • There are security barriers at this entrance.
    • There is a team member available for assistance at this entrance.
    • There is not wayfinding signage available at this entrance.
    • There is a slope with a very easy incline.

Outside Access (Menswear)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the store, in the centre.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • There is a dark mat or floor marking at this entrance that might be perceived as a hole.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 231cm.
    • There are security barriers at this entrance.
    • There is a team member available for assistance at this entrance.
    • There is wayfinding signage available at this entrance.
    • There is a slope with a very easy incline.

Outside Access (Womenswear)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the store, on the right.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • There is a dark mat or floor marking at this entrance that might be perceived as a hole.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 137cm.
    • There are security barriers at this entrance.
    • There is a team member available for assistance at this entrance.
    • There is wayfinding signage available at this entrance.

Womenswear

  • Womenswear View
    • Womenswear is located on the ground floor, ahead as you enter the Womenswear entrance.
    • There is step free access to Womenswear.
    • Main routes should have a width of 100cm with side aisles at a width of 75cm.
    • There is step free access throughout the Womenswear aisle(s).
    • There is some flooring which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • There is some flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
  • Till Point(s) View
    • There is step free access to the Womenswear till point(s).
    • The nearest Womenswear till point(s) is/are approximately 25m from the Womanswear entrance.
    • The till point(s) is/are clearly signed.
    • The height of the Womenswear till point(s) is/are 101cm.
    • There is not a lowered section at the till point(s), however there are clipboards and portable chip & pin machines available.
    • There is a hearing assistance system at the till point(s).
    • The hearing assistance system is signed.
    • There are not windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the till point(s) which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The till point(s) is/are not placed in front of a background which is patterned.
  • 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).
    • The fitting room(s) is/are clearly signed.
    • There is a chair/stool/changing bench in the standard fitting room(s).

Childrenswear

  • Childrenswear View
    • Childrenswear is located on the ground floor, to the left of the store as you enter the Womenswear entrance.
    • There is step free access to Childrenswear.
    • Main routes should have a width of 100cm with side aisles at a width of 75cm.
    • There is step free access throughout the Childrenswear aisle(s).
    • There is some flooring which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • There is some flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
  • Till Point(s) View
    • There is step free access to the Childrenswear till point(s).
    • The nearest Childrenswear till point(s) is/are approximately 38m from the Womenswear entrance.
    • The till point(s) is/are clearly signed.
    • The height of the Childrenswear till point(s) is/are 100cm.
    • There is not a lowered section at the till point(s), however there are clipboards and portable chip & pin machines available.
    • There is a hearing assistance system at the till point(s).
    • The hearing assistance system is not signed.
    • There are not windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the till point(s) which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The till point(s) is/are not placed in front of a background which is patterned.
  • Accessible Fitting Room(s) View
    • There is/are 2 fitting room(s) in total within Childrenswear, 1 of which is an accessible fitting room.
    • There is step free access to the accessible fitting room(s).
    • The accessible fitting room(s) is/are not clearly signed.
    • There is not a curtain opening to access the accessible fitting room(s).
    • The clear width of the fitting room opening is 97cm.
    • The dimensions of the accessible fitting room(s) are 195cm x 198cm.
    • 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 10cm from the floor.
    • There is not a coat hook in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a functional emergency alarm in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a bench seat in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • The height of the chair from the floor is 48cm.
    • There is not an assistance bell in the accessible fitting room(s), however if notified in advance a member of staff will be available for assistance if required.
  • Standard Fitting Room(s) View
    • There is/are 1 standard fitting room(s) within Childrenswear.
    • There is step free access to the standard fitting room(s).
    • The fitting room(s) is/are clearly signed.
    • There is a chair/stool/changing bench in the standard fitting room(s).

Level Change

  • Step(s) View
    • There is a/are step(s) located to the left of the store as you enter the Womenswear entrance.
    • The step(s) is/are used to access the upper ground floor.
    • There is/are 5 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • Handrails are not at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • The lighting levels at the step(s) are good.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left of the store as you enter the Womenswear entrance.
  • Signs indicating the location of the lift are not available from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 26m (28yd 1ft) from the Womenswear entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • A team member does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do not contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • There is not a colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate.
  • There is not a colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 150cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 11in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is not a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The internal controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.
  • Comments View
    • There is a slight ramp in front of the lift on the ground floor.

Menswear

  • Menswear View
    • Menswear is located on the upper ground floor, ahead as you enter the Menswear entrance.
    • There is step free access to Menswear.
    • Main routes should have a width of 100cm with side aisles at a width of 75cm.
    • There is step free access throughout the Menswear aisle(s).
    • There is some flooring which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • There is some flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
  • Till Point(s) View
    • There is step free access to the Menswear till point(s).
    • The nearest Menswear till point(s) is/are approximately 12m from the Menswear entrance.
    • The till point(s) is/are not clearly signed.
    • The height of the Menswear till point(s) is/are 102cm.
    • There is not a lowered section at the till point(s), however there are clipboards and portable chip & pin machines available.
    • There is a hearing assistance system at the till point(s).
    • The hearing assistance system is signed.
    • There are not windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the till point(s) which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The till point(s) is/are placed in front of a background which is patterned.
  • Accessible Fitting Room(s) View
    • There is/are 4 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).
    • The accessible fitting room(s) is/are not clearly signed.
    • There is not a curtain opening to access the accessible fitting room(s).
    • The clear width of the fitting room opening is 97cm.
    • The dimensions of the accessible fitting room(s) are 197cm x 220cm.
    • 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 10cm from the floor.
    • There is not a coat hook in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a functional emergency alarm in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a bench seat in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • The height of the chair from the floor is 48cm.
    • There is not an assistance bell in the accessible fitting room(s), however if notified in advance a member of staff will be available for assistance if required.
  • Standard Fitting Room(s) View
    • There is/are 3 standard fitting room(s) within Menswear.
    • There is step free access to the standard fitting room(s).
    • The fitting room(s) is/are clearly signed.
    • There is a chair/stool/changing bench in the standard fitting room(s).

Home

  • Home View
    • The Home department is located on the upper ground floor, ahead as you enter the Home entrance.
    • There is step free access to the Home department.
    • Main routes should have a width of 100cm with side aisles at a width of 75cm.
    • There is step free access throughout the Home department aisle(s).
    • There is some flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
  • Till Point(s) View
    • There is step free access to the Home department till point(s).
    • The nearest Home department till point(s) is/are approximately 20m from the Home entrance.
    • The till point(s) is/are not clearly signed.
    • The height of the Home department till point(s) is/are 100cm.
    • There is not a lowered section at the till point(s), however there are clipboards and portable chip & pin machines available.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system at the till point(s).
    • There are not windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the till point(s) which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The till point(s) is/are not placed in front of a background which is patterned.
  • Comments View
    • There is an ordering point.
    • The height of the desk is 79cm.
    • There are stools at the desks.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The accessible toilet surveyed is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the upper ground floor, to the rear of Menswear as you enter the Menswear entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 45m (49yd 8in) from the Menswear entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 96cm (3ft 2in).
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 183cm x 227cm (6ft x 7ft 5in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The toilet has a non-slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 112cm (3ft 8in).
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and non-infectious waste disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on the right.
    • There is not a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a toilet roll holder.
    • 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).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • Taps have clear markings to indicate hot and cold settings.
    • There is not a soap dispenser.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • There is a good contrast between the external door and wall.
    • There is a good contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • There is a good contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • There is a good contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall.
    • The toilet seat has a good colour contrast.
    • There is a good contrast between the walls and floor.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The baby change table is not set against the wall, permanently fixed at 75cm from the floor.
    • The baby change table is not height adjustable.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 102cm (3ft 4in).
  • Comments View
    • Use of the accessible toilet is by request only.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are not available.