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Hawksmoor Youth Hub

Bentham Road, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8AS

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a gym, chill-out area, multipurpose room, computer area, music room, teaching kitchen, art room and staff offices.
  • Comments View
    • Some areas are used for sports courses, the Youth Achievement Foundation and by an after school club.
    • Please see the website for details of the regular programme.
    • There are sessions for different age groups.

Opening Times

  • Monday 16:00 - 21:00.
  • Tuesday 16:00 - 21:00.
  • Wednesday 16:00 - 21:00.
  • Thursday 16:00 - 21:00.
  • Friday 16:00 - 21:00.
  • Saturday 18:00 - 20:00.
  • Sunday Closed.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Thamesmead.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Abbey Wood.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is at the front of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There are 0 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • 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.
    • There is a dropped kerb / non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Comments View
    • The car park entrance is on Oriole Way.
    • The car park is unlocked when the centre is in use.
    • It may be locked for a short time when the nearby school opens and closes.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 83cm (2ft 9in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Inside Access

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

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • The main stairs are in the centre of the building.
    • These stairs are overcome by the lift.
    • There is also a spiral staircase from the rear room to one of the two computer areas.
    • This room cannot be reached by lift.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located off the rear room.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G - 1.
  • The lift is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 98cm (3ft 3in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 145cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 9in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is low.
  • Comments View
    • At the ground floor level there is a short moderate ramp to enter the lift.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is no signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located within the male and female standard toilets. The toilet described is the male toilet.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is not a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from staff.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 300cm x 180cm (9ft 10in x 5ft 11in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • 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 not fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are not 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 the right.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 42cm (1ft 5in).
    • 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • 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 external door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are poor.
  • Comments View
    • The female accessible toilet is 180 x 200 cm.
    • It does not have a drop down rail.
    • At the time of our visit (March 2014) the female toilet was out of use awaiting repair.

Standard Toilet(s)

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.
  • Comments View
    • The pictures show one of the computer areas and the art room.