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Downpatrick Campus - Block B

South Eastern Regional College, Market Street, Downpatrick, County Down, BT30 6LZ

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • Cafe Zest is located in Block A, but is accessed from Block B.
    • Block C is accessed from Block B, and Block A can also be accessed from this building.

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Thursday 08:00 - 18:00.
  • Friday 08:00 - 17:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Downpatrick.
  • The nearest mainline station is Lisburn.
  • 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 free for all users.
    • The car park is at the front of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There are 8 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 350cm x 550cm (11ft x 18ft).
    • The nearest designated bay is 39m (42yd 2ft) from the main entrance lift.
    • The furthest designated bay is 49m (53yd 23in) from the main entrance 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 slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb / non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does have tactile paving.
    • The patron does have to cross a road.
    • The road is generally quiet.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • There is a designated drop off point.
    • The drop off point is located directly to the right of the main entrance.
  • Comments View
    • Standard parking is available under the building and to the side, with a height restriction of 2m.

Outside Access (Block A Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the side of the car park.
  • There is 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 200cm (6ft 7in).
  • 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 158cm (5ft 2in).
  • Comments View
    • This entrance is also used by Hair and Beauty and McNeill Room customers using the designated bays.
    • During the Covid-19 Pandemic Block A Entrance is the main entrance for the whole college.
    • Students, Staff and Visitors are asked to exit via Block B Entrance.

Other Floors (Stairs 1)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are levels 1, 2 and 3.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments View
    • These stairs are located between the two sets of doors at the entrance.
    • Stairs 2 and 3 are located in the corners of the building, and access level 4.
    • During the Covid-19 Pandemic Students, Staff and Visitors are asked to go up/down the stairs on the left.
    • Some of the stairs are only for going up or down.
    • There is clear signage at the stairs.

Lift (Far Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located along the corridor, by the link to Block B.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are levels 1-2-3-4.
  • The lift is approximately 50m (54yd 2ft) from the Block A entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 99cm x 130cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 3in).
  • 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 lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • The area of level 4 accessed by this lift is the Cafe Zest kitchen, and is therefore used by cafe staff only.
    • The main area of the cafe is accessed from Block B.
    • This lift can also be used to access level 5 of Block B.

Outside Access (Block B Main Entrance - Covid 19 Exit)

  • 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) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 213cm (6ft 12in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 163cm (5ft 4in).
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to level 2 of the building.

Level Change (Block B 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 steep.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located to the left of the main entrance.
  • There is / are 15+ step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • There is a standard and / or platform lift to access this service.

Lift (Block B Main Entrance)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left as you face the entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is 10m (32ft 10in) from main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 97cm x 140cm (3ft 2in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift controls do have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • This lift overcomes the steep slope and steps to access the main entrance from the designated bays and Market Street.
    • These can also be overcome using the drop off point next to the main entrance.

Reception (Main Campus Reception)

  • The reception desk is 10m (10yd 3ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is low height.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments View
    • Hearing loops are fitted in the Cathedral Suite on level 2 and the fitness suite on level 4.
    • Portable hearing loops are also available.
    • The photograph 3 shows Central Hall, on level 2.

Other Floors (Stairs 4)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are levels 1-2-3-4-5.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments View
    • Level 1 accesses the standard car park.
    • Part of Block B is on level 1, but this is accessed from Block A.
    • Stairs 5, located at the far end of the building, are similar to these.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you enter the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are levels 2-3-4-5.
  • The lift is 11m (12yd) from main 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 100cm x 130cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 3in).
  • 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 lift controls do have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Gym (Level 4)

  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the gym.
  • The door(s) open(s) towards you.
  • The width of the door opening is 160cm.
  • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
  • The door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
  • The gym is staffed at specific times.
  • There is not an emergency alarm in the gym.
  • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
  • There is level access to all of the equipment.
  • Equipment suitable for mobility or sensory impaired users includes; free weights and cable resistance machines.
  • Background music is not played.
  • The flooring in the gym consists of wood.
  • There is flooring with a shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Accessible Toilet (Level 2)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial, Braille and tactile signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the corridor to the left of the main entrance atrium, past reception.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 249cm x 253cm (8ft 2in x 8ft 4in).
    • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space 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 194cm (6ft 4in).
    • 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 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 for the toilet.
    • 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 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 47cm (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 111cm (3ft 8in).
    • 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 internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • This toilet also contains an accessible shower.
    • There is an identical toilet and shower on level 4, by the fitness suite.
    • There are also further accessible toilets on level 2, by the Central Hall and link to Block C, and also at the far end, by the Cathedral Suite.
    • This has the transfer space on the right.
    • There are also toilets by the lifts on levels 3-5, all with the transfer space on the left, on in the management area on level 5, with the transfer space on the right.

Accessible Shower (Accessible Toilets)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located in the accessible toilets on levels 2 and 4.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails, and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 50cm (19in).
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Standard Toilet(s) (Level 2)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on level 2, just past the adapted toilet.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels in the female and male toilets are moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • There are also standard toilets at the far end of level 2, by the Cathedral Suite, and on all other levels.

Accessible Changing Room (Level 4)

  • There is an/are accessible changing room(s) available.
  • The accessible changing room(s) surveyed is/are located on level 4, next to the fitness suite.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the lifts.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the fitness suite.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room(s) are 227cm x 243cm (7ft 5in x 7ft 12in).
  • The fixtures/facilities available in the accessible changing room(s) include; handrails and a wheel in shower.
  • Other fixtures/facilities available include; an accessible toilet and lockers.
  • There is level access to the accessible changing room(s).

Accessible Shower (Accessible Changing Room - Level 4)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the accessible changing room.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip-down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 50cm (1ft 8in).
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Standard Changing Room

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing rooms are located on level 4, next to the fitness suite.
  • The standard changing room is 20m (22yd) from the lift.
  • The standard changing room is 2m (6ft 7in) from the fitness suite.
  • There is level access to the standard changing rooms.

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.