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MFA Bowl

Sicey Avenue, Firth Park, Sheffield, S5 6NF

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a bowling alley, cafe, bar and a function room.

Opening Times

  • Monday 10:00 - 23:00.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 23:00.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 23:00.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 23:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 00:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 00:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 23:00.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Sheffield.
  • There is not a tram stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located in front of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/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.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • The car park is located on an easy gradient.

Outside Access (Ramped 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) both ways.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a small raised threshold in the doorway.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are light.
    • The width of the door opening is 101cm (3ft 4in).

Level Change (Ramped 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 steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • Comments View
    • The gradient of the ramp is steep at the front, and easy in the more enclosed area.

Outside Access (Stepped 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) both ways.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a small raised threshold in the doorway.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).

Level Change (Stepped Entrance)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
  • 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 height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 11m (12yd 1in) from the entrances.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are medium.

Inside Access

  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • There are a variety of video games at the front left of the venue as you enter.
    • There is a standard pool table in the right hand area of the venue.
    • There are lockers at the far right of the venue.
    • There are vending machines next to the entrance and the cafe.
    • There are gaming machines opposite the reception desk.

Bowling Lanes

  • There is 1 medium height step (12cm) to the bowling area (photograph 5).
  • There is level access to the bowling lanes at both sides of the alley (photograph 8).
  • There is a small lip surrounding the bowling alley access.
  • The width of the access points is 84cm.
  • Bowling frames are available for wheelchair users (photograph 7).
  • There are seats in the bowling area.
  • The seats do not have armrests.
  • The height of the seats is 46cm.
  • The height of the ball return is 63cm from the seating area, and 52cm from the bowling lane area.
  • The bowling balls are on frames at the rear of the bowling area (photograph 6).
  • The height to the lowest bowling balls is 28cm.
  • The height to the highest bowling balls is 57cm.
  • There are benches on the spectator's side of the frames (photograph 9).
  • The benches are 45cm high.

Eating and Drinking (Cafe)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • The cafe is located immediately to the right as you enter.
  • 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.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the entrances.
  • The standard height for tables is 77cm.
  • 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 hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • Comments View
    • Tables and chairs for the cafe are also located along the left hand side of the venue, in front of the lockers.
    • Chairs with armrests are located in this area.

Eating and Drinking (Bar)

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • The bar is located towards the far right of the venue as you enter.
  • The bar does not serve food.
  • 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 12m (13yd 4in) from the entrances.
  • The standard height for tables is 74cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are not available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Children are not welcomed in the bar area.
  • Comments View
    • The entrance to the bar area is 100cm wide.
    • There is a high seating area with a high breakfast bar and stools (photographs 5 & 6).
    • The height of the breakfast bar is 106cm.
    • The height of the stools is 80cm.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • 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 both sides.
    • There is not a landing.
    • The lighting levels are low.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are the function room and additional standard toilets.

Eating and Drinking (Function Room)

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • The bar is located on the first floor.
  • 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.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 59cm (1ft 11in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • The standard height for tables is 59cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Comments View
    • The position of tables and chairs in the function room varies depending on events.
    • The function room is accessed by 144cm wide, double doors, which open away from you (push).
    • The doors are heavy.

Accessible Toilet

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) 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.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the entrances.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the far right of the venue.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a hook.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 162cm x 178cm (5ft 4in x 5ft 10in).
    • 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 98cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 fully functional.
    • 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 left.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 44cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 113cm (3ft 8in).
    • 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 height of the toilet roll holder is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • 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.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet cubicle.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 101cm (3ft 4in).

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located at the far front right of the venue, in the locker zone.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 21m (22yd 2ft) from the entrances.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located at the far right of the venue, next to the accessible toilet.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the entrances.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.

Additional Info

  • Staff do not 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.
  • Comments View
    • Although the venue does not have a disability equality training policy they have longstanding associations with various local disability organisations.
    • Staff assist with taking assistance dogs for a toilet break, and they do have a regular blind bowling league.