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Harpenden Swimming Pool & Health Suite

Rothamsted Park, Leyton Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2HU

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Opening Times

  • Monday 06:30 - 22:30.
  • Tuesday 06:30 - 22:30.
  • Wednesday 06:30 - 22:30.
  • Thursday 06:30 - 22:30.
  • Friday 06:30 - 22:30.
  • Saturday 08:00 - 18:00.
  • Sunday 08:00 - 18:00.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town or city.
  • This venue is situated in Harpenden.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Harpenden.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • There is/are 7 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 350cm x 400cm (11ft 6in x 13ft 1in).
  • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 30m (32yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.
  • The maximum height is 244cm (8ft).
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 designated parking spaces available next to the entrance, the other 5 are situated at the rear of the car park approximately 50 metres away.
    • Parking is only free for users of the centre, when a ticket is issued at reception.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are double width.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading from the car park area.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 125cm (4ft 1in).
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • There is / are 8 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Reception

  • The reception desk is 6m (19ft 8in) from the front entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • There is a lowered section to the rear of the reception desk.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The changing area is accessed from reception via automatic doors.
    • The automatic doors are push pad operated.

Eating and Drinking

  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 66cm (2ft 2in).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.

Swimming Pool

  • There is not a ramped entrance into the water.
  • There is not a wet side chair available.
  • There is a hoist for wheelchair users to access the water.
  • The hoist is manual.
  • There are steps into the swimming pool.
  • There are 3 steps.
  • There is a ladder type entrance into the water.
  • Comments View
    • There is a ramped entrance to the learner pool only. There are 5 steps into the learner pool which are 14 cm deep with handrails on both sides.
    • There are 5 steps which are 19 cm deep with handrails on both sides leading to the whirlpool spa in the health suite.

Accessible Changing Room

  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing rooms are located pool side.
  • The accessible changing room is 18m (20yd) from the main entrance.
  • The accessible changing room is 10m (32ft 10in) from the swimming pool.
  • Comments View
    • There is a ramped entrance to the learner pool only. There are 5 steps into the learner pool which are 14 cm deep with handrails on both sides.
    • There are 5 steps which are 19 cm deep with handrails on both sides leading to the whirlpool spa in the health suite.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • The accessible toilet is 6m (19ft 8in) from the accessible entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located in the recption area.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 190cm x 300cm (6ft 3in x 9ft 10in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm available.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There are mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • Mirrors are 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 a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The hand dryer is 120cm (3ft 11in) high.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The sink is 75cm (2ft 6in) high.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
  • Comments View
    • Wall mounted and drop down rails are available.
    • Baby change facilities are available in the changing area.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are available in large print.
  • Comments View
    • The photograph shows the ramp leading to the entrance from the car park.