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Silksworth Sports Complex & Ski Slope

Silksworth Lane, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR3 1PD

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a ski lodge.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include a dry ski slope with bench seating, football pitches, and an athletics track.

Opening Times

  • Monday 12:15 - 20:30.
  • Tuesday 12:15 - 20:30.
  • Wednesday 12:15 - 20:30.
  • Thursday 12:15 - 20:30.
  • Friday 12:15 - 20:30.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 16:00.

Location

  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Sunderland.
  • The nearest Metro Station is University.

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 building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 3 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 366cm x 490cm (12ft x 16ft 1in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 14m (15yd 11in) 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 not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • 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 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 135cm (4ft 5in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a small raised threshold before the doorway (shown in photograph 3).

Level Change (Main 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.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located either side 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 deep (18cm+).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • The handrails at the steps are on the wall either side of the entrance.

Outside Access (Ski Slope Entrance / Exit)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the left hand side 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 122cm (4ft).

Level Change (Ski Slope Entrance / Exit)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located to the left as you face the entrance.
  • 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.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 117cm (3ft 10in).
  • 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 deep (18cm+).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on the left going up.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Counter (Equipment)

  • The counter is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the counter from the entrance.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
  • There is not a lowered section.
  • The height of the counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • The counter is 111cm high.
    • There are bench seats available.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played throughout the building.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are medium.

External Facilities

  • There is an athletics track, 3 ski slopes, a skate park, and football pitches throughout the grounds.
  • The ski slopes are located at the rear of the building (shown in photographs 2 and 3).
  • There are 2 nursery slopes and 1 main slope.
  • The ski slopes are accessed by an easy slope (shown in photograph 4).
  • There are bench seats at the rear of the building overlooking the ski slopes (shown in photographs 5 and 6).
  • Some of the seats are sheltered.
  • The seats do not have armrests.
  • The football pitches are located to the front left of the grounds as you face the building.
  • The football pitches are 3G pitches (shown in photograph 7).
  • The athletics track is located at the north end of the complex, in front of the car park (shown in photograph 8).
  • The athletics track also has areas to the side and middle for field athletics.

Level Change (Football Pitches and Athletics Track Access)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading from the ski lodge to the football pitches.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • There is/are leading from the ski Lodge to the football pitches 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).
  • Comments View
    • There is a steep slope leading from the car park to the athletics track (shown in photographs 5 and 6).

Accessible Toilet (Main Corridor)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located along the main corridor to the right as you enter via the main entrance.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from reception.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 161cm x 151cm (5ft 3in x 4ft 11in).
    • 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 93cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 a/are clinical waste disposal units.
    • 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 both sides.
    • 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 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 117cm (3ft 10in).
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 109cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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 112cm (3ft 8in).
    • 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 fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Accessible Toilet (Female Standard Changing Room)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 38m (41yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located within the female standard changing room.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is not a unisex toilet.
    • There is a similar facility within the standard male changing room.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from reception.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 76cm (2ft 6in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 175cm x 122cm (5ft 9in x 4ft).
    • 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 104cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is no dropdown rail.
    • 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 a/are female sanitary and non-infectious waste disposal units.
    • 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 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 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • 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 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 104cm (3ft 5in).
    • 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 77cm (2ft 6in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Changing Room (Female)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 37m (40yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 31m (33yd 2ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 55m (60yd 5in) from the ski slope.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located to the right hand side of the building as you enter via the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Shower facilities are available within the changing room(s).
  • There is level access to the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar male changing room in the same area of the building.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • 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 within the standard female and male changing rooms.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 36m (39yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the standard female changing room.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 89cm (2ft 11in).

Additional Info

  • 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.
  • The assistance dog toilet area is located on the grass areas surrounding the building.