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The College Merthyr Tydfil, Ynysfach , Merthyr Tydfil, Wales , CF48 1AR

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Introduction

Introduction (Additional Links)

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Merthyr Tydfil College is located in the western central area of Merthyr Tydfil.
      This area is easily accessible from the M4/ Cardiff and is approximately 20 miles north on the A470 (Junction 32 of the M4).
      The College itself being approximately 1 mile from the A470 via the A4102 and A4054.
    • Due to limited space the College can only provide parking for staff. There is, however a large public car park directly across the road from the college with Blue Badge bays available.
  • By Bus View
    • The nearest bus stop is on College Boulevard directly outside the college. This bus stop is approximately 120m from the main entrance and is served by routes 1, 2, 3, 6 ,9, 22, 25, 26, 33, 35, 38, 79, 81, 82 and T14.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest train station is the Merthyr Tydfil Station and is approximately a 500m walk from the College. This station is served by the Arriva Trains Wales line.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking (Staff and Contractor)

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by staff.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located to the right of the campus.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • There is/are 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 350cm x 600cm (11ft 6in x 19ft 8in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 100m (109yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are uneven surfaces.
    • The dropped kerb between the car park and the building does not have tactile paving.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is St Tydfil.
    • The car park is located in front of the main building.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is a designated drop off point.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the drop off point.
    • The drop off point is located to the left of the building.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
  • Comments View
    • The public car park can be seen in photograph 3.
    • The drop off point can be seen in photograph 4.

Building Parking (Rear Building)

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by staff.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located to the rear of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are not available.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The dropped kerb between the car park and the building does have tactile paving.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Comments View
    • Permission to use this car park may be given on request to people with mobility impairments as it is significantly closer than the main staff car park.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in front of the entrance.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 135cm (4ft 5in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 125cm (4ft 1in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • There are no doors at this entrance.
    • The width of the door opening is 184cm (6ft).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • The second set of doors may be used as a revolving door on occasion.
    • In this eventuality, there is an alternate push pad automatic door that opens away from you to your left after the first set of doors. This has a width of 100cm and can be seen in photograph 4.

Outside Access (Side Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the right of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 135cm (4ft 5in).
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 102cm (3ft 4in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 124cm (4ft 1in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • Out of hours a key card may be needed, the reader is at a height of 120cm.

Reception (Main)

  • Main Reception is located in front of you on entrance.
  • The desk is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written and pictorial directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 0, 1, 2, 3, 4.
    • The stairs are located directly beyond the main entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 13m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments View
    • There are security gates at the top of the stairs leading from floor 1 to floor 2, these are not activated and are 55cm wide. The security gates are shown in photograph 4.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located ahead and to the right as you enter.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 0, 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 1000kg.
  • The lift is approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the 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 152cm x 140cm (4ft 12in x 4ft 7in).
  • 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 a hearing loop system.
  • 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 medium.

Reception (IT Help Desk)

  • IT Help Desk is located on the left of the building on the third floor.
  • The desk is 37m (40yd 1ft) from the lift.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area, via lift.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:30 - 18:30.
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 18:30.
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 18:30.
    • Thursday 08:30 - 16:30.
    • Friday 08:30 - 16:30.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located ahead and to the left as you exit the lift on the second floor.
    • There are similar accessible toilets on floors 3 and 4.
      There is a similar accessible toilet on the left side of the building, located to the right as you exit the lifts.
      These facilities have no baby change unit, a clear manoeuvring space and a transfer space on the right, they are located on floors 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens by sliding.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 167cm x 220cm (5ft 6in x 7ft 3in).
    • 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 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary, non-infectious waste and open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • 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 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 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a toilet roll holder.
    • 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).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 95cm.
  • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a baby change unit 93cm high in the surveyed facility.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on all floors.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located ahead and to the left and you exit the lifts on the second floor.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 11m from the lift.
    • There is a/are cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • There are horizontal grab rails on both sides of the seat and a vertical rail on the right.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.