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Whitton Sports Centre

Whitton Church Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 6LW

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Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Ipswich.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Ipswich.

Opening Times

  • Monday 06:00 - 22:00.
  • Tuesday 06:00 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 06:00 - 22:00.
  • Thursday 06:00 - 22:00.
  • Friday 06:00 - 22:00.
  • Saturday 09:00 - 18:00.
  • Sunday 09:00 - 18:00.

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 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 330cm x 470cm (10ft 10in x 15ft 5in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 16m (17yd) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 18m (20yd) 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 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 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 (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in the car park.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 130cm (4ft 3in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are single width.
    • The door opening is 107cm (3ft 6in) 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 to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Reception

  • The reception desk is 5m (16ft 5in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is medium height.
  • The desk has a lowered section.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played throughout the communal and changing areas.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

Fitness Suite

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is 22m (24yd) from the main entrance.
    • There is level access to the fitness suite.
    • There are doors into the fitness suite.
    • The doors open towards you (pull).
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The opening is 124cm (4ft 1in) wide.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • Staff receive no training in assisting disabled people.
    • A portable hearing loop is not available for induction.
    • There is not clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.

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 deep.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting level is medium.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located past reception and off the main corridor.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • The lift is 20m (22yd) from main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 78cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 107cm x 138cm (3ft 6in x 4ft 6in).
  • 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 reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lift controls do have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Standard Changing Room

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing room is 31m (34yd) from the lift.
  • The standard changing room is 51m (56yd) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room is 53m (58yd) from the main hall.
  • The standard changing rooms are located on the first floor corridor.

Accessible Changing Room

  • There is not a Changing Places facility available.
  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing rooms are located within the standard changing area.
  • The accessible changing room is 36m (39yd) from the lift.
  • The accessible changing room is 58m (63yd) from the main hall.
  • The accessible changing room is 56m (61yd) from the reception desk.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room are 120cm x 140cm (3ft 11in x 4ft 7in).
  • The facilities available in the accessible changing room are handrails.
  • Other facilities available are a flip down seat 40cm high.
  • There is level access to the changing room.
  • Comments View
    • The details given are for the male facilities.
    • The female facilities are identical.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located within the standard changing area.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 45cm (1ft 6in).
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • The details given are for the male facilities.
    • The female facilities are identical.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • 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 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located past reception on the right.
    • 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 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 148cm x 196cm (4ft 10in x 6ft 5in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 67cm (2ft 2in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • 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 coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • 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 not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • 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 44cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 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 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 bright.
  • Comments View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • The baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 102cm (3ft 4in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.

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.
  • An assistance dog toilet area can be provided onsite.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is normally on duty.
  • Staff are trained to BSL level 1.