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Drake's Place

North Hill, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the gardens, reservoir and promenade, and the Reservoir Cafe.
  • Comments View
    • Drake's Place is an open space in the centre of the University which is also used to hold events.

Opening Times

  • Monday 07:00 - 18:00.
  • Tuesday 07:00 - 18:00.
  • Wednesday 07:00 - 18:00.
  • Thursday 07:00 - 18:00.
  • Friday 07:00 - 18:00.
  • Saturday 07:00 - 18:00.
  • Sunday 07:00 - 18:00.
  • Comments View
    • These opening times are for winter months.
    • During the summer, the gardens and reservoir promenade close at dusk daily.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Plymouth.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Plymouth.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located outside Nancy Astor Building, the Nursery and Mary Newman Hall.
    • 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 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 370cm x 510cm (12ft 2in x 16ft 9in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 43m (47yd 1in) from the Garden Campus entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 46m (50yd 11in) from the Garden Campus 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.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There is also a 1 hour standard parking area on the far side of North Hill (shown in photograph 4).

Outside Access (Gardens Entrance off North Hill)

  • This information is for the entrance located off North Hill, at the bottom of the gardens.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 280cm (9ft 2in).

Level Change (Gardens Entrance off North Hill)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 96cm (3ft 2in).
  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance, to the left of the ramp.
  • There is / are 1 step(s) to the area / service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Outside Access (Garden Campus Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located between the Nancy Astor and Portland Square buildings.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open away from you (push).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 237cm (7ft 9in) wide.

Level Change (Garden Campus Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located between Nancy Astor and Portland Square buildings.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • The slopes are on the path leading from the car park and Campus Upper Promenade accessible entrance.
    • The path also has a quite steep slope to it's right as you face the entrance.

Outside Access (Reservoir Promenade Accessible Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located off North Hill, at the top of the reservoir promenade area.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 92cm (3ft).
  • Comments View
    • The roadway, North Hill, is a moderately steep slope with the accessible entrance opening off it.
    • Inside the entrance gate there is a short length of slope with an easy gradient.
    • Thereafter the promenade is level with good manoeuvring space and an even, non-slip surface.
    • There is another entrance to the Reservoir Promenade from North Hill, accessed by 19 deep, non marked, steps with handrails both sides and tactile paving at the top (shown in photograph 8).

Level Change (Reservoir Promenade Accessible Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of and just beyond the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Outside Access (Campus Reservoir Promenade Accessible Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located off Endsleigh Place, by the entrance to the Nancy Astor Sports Centre.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.

Level Change (Campus Reservoir Promenade Accessible Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp or slope is located by the Nancy Astor Sports Centre entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 127cm (4ft 2in).
  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located next to the ramp.
  • There is / are 12 step(s) to the area / service.
  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There are also 15+ steps at the corner of the Nancy Astor Building (shown in photograph 4).
    • The ramp and steps give access to the Reservoir Cafe and Reservoir Promenade from the campus.

Gardens

  • There are several paths with a compacted gravel surface running throughout the gardens.
  • Although some of the paths have a steep gradient, the majority of the gardens can be accessed by easy or moderate slopes, including both entrances.

Reservoir Promenade

  • There are tarmac-surfaced paths running around the reservoirs, linking the North Hill accessible entrance with the Reservoir Cafe and the Campus access entrance.
  • The path is generally level, but has some easy and moderate slopes in places.
  • Many benches are available along the path.

Level Change (Gardens to Cafe and Reservoir Promenade)

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located between the 2 levels by North Hill.
  • There is / are 15 + step(s) to the area / service.
  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are deep.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar steps located just outside the Gardens Campus entrance.

Outside Access (Cafe Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located by the reservoir, not far from the Campus Upper Promenade accessible entrance.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open automatically (away from you).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 200cm (6ft 7in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • On warm days, there are sliding doors next to the counter, facing the reservoir, held open and used as an entrance (shown in photograph 2).

Eating and Drinking (Reservoir Cafe)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 3m (3yd 10in) from the cafe entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 73cm (2ft 5in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are hand held and wall.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is sandwiches, hot and cold snacks.
  • Comments View
    • Coffee tables and sofas are also available in the cafe, and benches are available outside by the reservoir.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:30 - 16:00.
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 16:00.
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 16:00.
    • Thursday 08:30 - 16:00.
    • Friday 08:30 - 15:30.
    • Saturday 10:00 - 15:00.
    • Sunday 10:00 - 15:00.

Accessible Toilet (Cafe)

  • 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 signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 17m (18yd 1ft) from the cafe entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located in opposite corner of the cafe from the entrance.
    • 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 outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 257cm (4ft 11in x 8ft 5in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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 a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency alarm is fully functional.
    • 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 both sides.
    • 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 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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).
    • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The toilet roll holder is 102cm (3ft 4in) high.
    • 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 internal door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • The cubicle contains a baby change table, 96cm (3ft 2in) high.

Standard Toilet(s) (Cafe)

  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s) View
    • The unisex toilets are located in the far corner of the cafe.
    • Unisex toilets are 15m (16yd 1ft) from the cafe entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the unisex toilet.
    • Lighting levels are bright.

Additional Info

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