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Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Skills and Riding Centre

Shooters Hill Road, Shooters Hill, London, DA16 3RP

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a reception, student canteen and common room, staff offices, changing rooms and toilets.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include an indoor arena with viewing gallery, outdoor arena, stables, equine therapy centre, and classrooms.
  • Comments View
    • The equestrian centre is part of Hadlow College and offers full and part time courses related to equine studies, including degrees.
    • The centre also offers riding lessons to adults and children in the evenings and at weekends.
    • At the time of our visit (July 2016) the centre did not have special facilities for riding for disabled people.
    • Out of office hours, visitors arriving for riding lessons enter the stable yard using the gate from the car park and register for the lesson in the gallery of the indoor arena.
    • The equine therapy centre also offers services to the public.

Opening Times (Riding School)

  • Monday 17:00 - 19:00.
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 19:00.
  • Wednesday 17:00 - 19:00.
  • Thursday 17:00 - 19:00.
  • Friday Closed.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 14:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 14:00.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Welling.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located to the left of the reception building.
    • 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 360cm x 480cm (11ft 10in x 15ft 9in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 18m (19yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 22m (24yd 2in) from the main 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 dropped kerbs.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and 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.
  • Drop off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Reception Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the reception building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The intercom is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • 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 88cm (2ft 11in).

Outside Access (Reception Building Rear Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located facing the rear stable yard.
  • 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 light.
  • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).

Level Change (Reception Building Rear Entrance)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in the doorway.
  • There is/are 2 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.
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • The first step is shallow, the second step is deep.
    • This entrance is mainly used by students.
    • It can be bypassed by leaving the reception building by the main entrance and entering the stable yard by the gate from the car park.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 3m (3yd 10in) from the reception entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access (Reception Building)

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • Signage in the building and around the site is tactile with Braille.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right of the corridor after reception.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2.
  • The lift is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the reception entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 150cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 11in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Eating and Drinking (Student Canteen)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • The cafe is located on the first floor of the reception building.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • 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.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the lift.
  • The standard height for tables is 69cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is not available.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.

Changing Places (Reception Building)

  • Location and access View
    • The facility is located in the corridor, ahead after reception.
    • The facility is approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the reception entrance.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features View
    • You do not need a key for the facility.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The width of the door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The dimensions of the facility are 400cm x 270cm (13ft 1in x 8ft 10in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is wall mounted.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 190cm (6ft 3in).
    • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
    • The overhead hoist covers all areas in cubicle.
    • The sling is attached to the hoist by hook and loop.
    • The facility toilet is peninsular.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 300cm (9ft 10in).
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Drop down rails are provided.
    • As you face the toilet the drop down rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • The type of wash basin is adjustable.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are not available at the wash basin.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • A privacy screen is not available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is available.
    • The facility has a non slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is available.
  • Comments View
    • The toilet is a Closomat wash/dry facility.
    • There is an adjustable height shower in the room, which can be used with the changing bench.
    • There are two lockers in the room.

Standard Changing Room

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the reception entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located in the corridor ahead after reception.
  • 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 an easy slope / ramp.

Standard Toilet(s) (Reception Building)

  • 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 within the female standard changing room.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the reception entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located at the end of the corridor, ahead after reception.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the reception entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are addtional standard male and female toilets in the classroom block, accessed from the path alongside the block.

Outside Access (Entrance Gate)

  • This information is for the entrance located leading from the car park to the stable yard.
  • 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 light.
  • The width of the door opening is 110cm (3ft 7in).

Level Change (Entrance Gate)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located before and after the gate.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance is used by students and the public when the reception building is closed.

Outside Access (Gallery for Indoor Arena Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the right of the indoor arena building, off the stable yard.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are light.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).
  • Comments View
    • Evening students meet in this area before being taken to lessons.

Level Change (Gallery for Indoor Arena 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.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

Gallery and Indoor Arena

  • The gallery entrance to the indoor arena leads to a viewing gallery where students sign in.
  • The windows to view the arena are 118cm high.
  • Seats without armrests are available.
  • At the far end of the gallery is a room with a mechanical horse.
  • All potential riders are assessed on the mechanical horse before being allowed to ride a real horse.
  • For riders, the arena is accessed by wide double gates.
  • The arena surface is deep and soft.
  • There is not level access between the gallery entrance and arena entrance.

Level Change (Stable Yard to Arena Gallery Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading from the stable yard, at the rear of the reception building.
  • 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 have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located leading from the stable yard, at the rear of the reception building.
  • There is/are 8 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 height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).

Stable Yard and Equine Facilities

  • There is step-free access around the site.
  • The indoor and outdoor stable facilities and the equine therapy centre are accessed by staff and students only.

Outside Access (Classrooms Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the classroom block.
  • 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 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • Comments View
    • There are 3 classrooms with identical entrances.
    • There is also level access with double doors (one leaf locked) into the wet laboratory.

Level Change (Classrooms Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on the path leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

Accessible Toilet (Classroom Block)

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the entrance of the furthest classroom.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the centre of the classroom block.
    • 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 inwards and outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 152cm x 220cm (4ft 12in x 7ft 3in).
    • There is 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 83cm (2ft 9in).
    • 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.
    • 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 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 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 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • 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).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • 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 medium.
  • Comments View
    • A toilet roll can be fitted to the drop down rail.
    • There is a further similar accessible toilet directly off the stable yard (photographs 3 and 4).
    • This toilet has the tranfer space to the right.
    • This toilet was awaiting repair and not in use at the time of our survey (July 2016).

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.
  • The assistance dog toilet area is located at the edge of the stable yard.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Home visits / services are not available.