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Better Gym Woolwich

1 Macbean Street, Woolwich, London, SE18 6LW

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Opening Times

  • Monday 06:30 - 22:00.
  • Tuesday 06:30 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 06:30 - 22:00.
  • Thursday 06:30 - 22:00.
  • Friday 06:30 - 20:00.
  • Saturday 09:30 - 17:30.
  • Sunday 09:30 - 17:30.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Woolwich Arsenal.
  • The nearest underground station is North Greenwich.
  • The nearest DLR station is Woolwich Arsenal.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is shared with Lidl. Gym users need to register their car details at the touchscreen inside the gym to qualify for 2.5 hours of free parking.
    • The car park is located below the gym, with the entrance to the left of the gym.
    • The car park type is underground.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 2 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 400cm x 500cm (13ft 1in x 16ft 5in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 40m (43yd 2ft) from the car park lift.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 45m (49yd 8in) from the car park lift.
    • 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 uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.
    • The maximum height is 210cm (6ft 11in).
  • Drop off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

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 door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 172cm (5ft 8in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 172cm (5ft 8in).
  • Comments View
    • After the second set of doors there are 59cm wide turnstiles which are operated automatically by facial recognition.
    • Wheelchair users bypass the turnstiles using the buzzer to contact staff who then open the 85cm wide access door to the right of the lobby.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

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

Outside Access (Car Park Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in the car park.
  • 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 heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 85cm (2ft 9in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • Comments View
    • The second door is at the top of the stairs and opens into the lobby between the main entrance doors and the turnstiles.

Level Change (Car Park Entrance)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in the car park.
  • There is/are 15+ step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on the left going up.
  • There is a lift to access this area/service.
  • The lift does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • Please note that the stair lift which can be seen in these photographs is no longer in use.

Lift (Car Park)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located from the underground car park to the foyer of the Lidl store on Macbean Street.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG and G.
  • The lift is approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 190cm x 150cm (6ft 3in x 4ft 11in).
  • 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 have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.
  • Comments View
    • From the car park, turn right as you exit the lift and leave the Lidl store onto Macbean Street.
    • Turn right then follow the footpath right round the corner onto Creton Street.
    • The Better Gym entrance will be on the right.

Inside Access

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

Level Change (Fitness Area)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located going into the fitness equipment area from the entrance level.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located all along the edge of the fitness equipment area.
  • There is/are 1 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • There is also one medium height, clearly marked step up into the rowing machine studio which is not overcome by a ramp (photograph 2).

Fitness Suite

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located ahead as you enter.
    • The fitness suite is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is not level access to the fitness suite.
    • There are not doors into the fitness suite.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • Staff receive some training in assisting disabled people.
    • Training provided is level 2 or 3 fitness instructor training.
    • Equipment suitable for mobility or sensory impaired users includes resistance machines, hand cycle and free weights.
    • A portable hearing loop is not available for induction.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is not level access to all of the equipment.

Standard Changing Room (Male and Female Changing Rooms)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located to the right as you enter, opposite the fitness equipment area.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Shower facilities are available within the changing room(s).
  • There is not level access to the shower facilities.
  • The shower cubicle(s) / area is / are accessed via a medium step.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the same room as the accessible toilet, signed as 'accessible changing room'.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; handrails and a flip-down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 53cm (1ft 9in).
  • Other facilities available include; an accessible toilet.
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There is a slightly raised lip in the floor to contain the water in the shower area.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located to the right as you enter.
    • There is level access to this 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 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 195cm x 204cm (6ft 5in x 6ft 8in).
    • There is not 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 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord 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 a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • 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 both sides.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not 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 wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin 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 fair.
    • 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 poor.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

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