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Performing Arts And Theatre

Hartlepool Sixth Form , Blakelock Road, Hartlepool, TS25 5PF

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COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in July 2021.
  • There is not a member of staff available at the entrance.
  • There is not hand sanitiser available at the entrance.
  • Hand sanitisers are not available inside the venue.
  • There is not a limited number of people allowed inside.
  • There is not a one-way system throughout.
  • There is not clear signage inside to help with social distancing.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .

Useful Information

Getting Here

Site/Campus Car Park

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located at the front right of the building.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Hartlepool Sixth Form.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac and block paving.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 8 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 239cm x 589cm.
    • The Blue Badge parking bays have a marked zone to both sides but not at the rear.
    • The marked zone is 134cm wide.
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by anybody.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are not provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is step free access from this car park.
    • Buildings are not clearly signposted from this car park.
    • There is not a campus map available within the car park.
    • The nearest designated bay is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the Hartlepool Sixth Form entrance.

Approach (Hartlepool Sixth Form Entrance)

  • Approach View
    • The surface of the approach is tarmac and concrete tiles.
    • The approach surface is uneven in places.
    • There is a/are fixed bollard(s) on the approach.
    • The bollard(s) does/do not have a good colour contrast to prevent them being hazardous to visually impaired people.
    • There is step-free access on the approach.

Outside Access (Hartlepool Sixth Form Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • This entrance gives access to the ground floor.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • There is a dark mat or floor marking at this entrance that might be perceived as a hole.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 167cm.

Theatre Information

Theatre Seating Area(s)

  • Access to Seating View
    • The information below describes access to the Stalls.
    • The theatre area is located at both sides of the theatre as you face it.
    • There is step-free access to the theatre area.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are single width with a locked extension leaf.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 88cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are single width with a locked extension leaf.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 88cm.
    • All doors accessing the area are similar.
    • The doors is/are permanently held open before and after performances.
    • The doors give access to 7-11.
  • Theatre Area Information View
    • This information refers to the Stalls.
    • The type of flooring in the seating area is carpet.
    • There is a mixture of seating with and without armrests.
    • The width of the rows of seating is 63cm.
    • The lighting level before and after performances is moderate to good.
    • The nearest accessible toilet is located in the front and rear left corridors of the main building.
    • There is step free access to a row/rows of seating.
    • The row(s) with step free access is/are row(s) 7-11.
    • The access to the majority of seating is located to one side of the seats (against wall).
    • There is stepped access to the majority of seating.
    • There is/are 8 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are not between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 14cm.
    • The depth of the step(s) is/are not between the 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are wall mounted.
    • Handrails are not at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • The lighting level at the steps before and after performances is moderate to good.
    • The lighting level at the steps during performances is low to moderate.
    • The steps are not clearly illuminated during performances.
  • Designated Seating Area(s) View
    • There is designated seating available in this area.
    • The designated seating area(s) is/are located rows 9 and 10.
    • The designated seating area(s) is/are not clearly marked/signed.
    • There is step-free access to the designated seating area(s).
    • There is/are 2 designated space(s) for wheelchair users.
    • Wheelchairs may be left with the patron.
    • The visibility of the stage from this seating area is good.
    • Companions/carers sit next to the patron.
    • There is sufficient space for an assistance dog to rest next to you.

Entrance (Performing Arts Rehearsal Area Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor of the Hartlepool Sixth Form main building, along the front left corridor.
    • This entrance gives access to the rehearsal room, the music rooms, and the lift to the theatre.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with 'Performing Arts'.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are single width with an open extension leaf.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 141cm.

Lift (Platform Lift)

  • The lift is located to the right as you enter the area via the Performing Arts Rehearsal Area Entrance.
  • Signs indicating the location of the lift are not available from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the Performing Arts Rehearsal Area Entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 630kg.
  • There is not a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do not contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is good.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • The clear door width is 90cm.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 109cm x 145cm.
  • There are 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 internal controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.
  • Comments View
    • This lift gives level access to the bottom of the seating area in the theatre.

Teaching/Seminar Room(s) (G51 Performing Arts - Rehearsal Room)

  • Directional and locational signage for the room(s) is available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible.
  • The corridor outside the room(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • There is step free access into the room(s) from the corridor.
  • The door opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the room(s).
  • The door(s) for the room(s) is/are not push pad activated.
  • There is step free access to the speaker's area at the front.
  • The height of the speaker's desk/table is 71cm.
  • The speaker's desk/table is not height adjustable.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system for the room(s).
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the room(s).
  • There is some fixed furniture within the room(s).
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the room(s) is 70cm.
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There is a/are chair(s) with armrests on both sides within the room(s).
  • The room does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
  • Floor coverings in the room(s) are even with no trip hazards.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) available.
  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located on the ground floor of the Hartlepool Sixth Form main building, along the front left corridor as you enter.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are not available.
  • The nearest standard toilet(s) is/are located on the ground floor of the Hartlepool Sixth Form main building, along the front left corridor as you enter.