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Fitness Suite and Sports Hall

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

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Introduction

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 not a designated drop off point.

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).
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • There is a set revolving doors to the right of the accessible door, these doors can be seen on photograph number 4.

Reception (Main)

  • Main Reception is located ahead as you enter the building.
  • 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.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 0, 1, 2, 3 and 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 height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments View
    • There are speed control gates at the top of the stairs leading from floor 1 to floor 2, these are not activated and are 55cm wide. The gates are shown in photograph number 4.
  • Comments View
    • There are speed control gates at the top of the stairs leading from floor 1 to floor 2, these are not activated and are 55cm wide. The gates are shown in photograph number 4.
  • Comments View
    • There are speed control gates at the top of the stairs leading from floor 1 to floor 2, these are not activated and are 55cm wide. The gates are shown in photograph number 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 and 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 enhancement 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.

Fitness Suite

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located on the left side of the building, to the right as you exit the lift on the third floor.
    • The fitness suite is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • There is level access to the fitness suite.
    • Level access is by lift.
    • There are doors into the fitness suite.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are single.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The opening is 90cm (2ft 11in) wide.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • Staff receive some training in assisting disabled people.
    • Equipment suitable for mobility or sensory impaired users includes some high contrast equipment and removable bench seating for work out machines.
    • A portable hearing loop is not available for induction.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.
  • Comments View
    • There are short steep ramps to access some areas due to deep matting underneath some of the machines, as shown in photograph 4.

Sports Hall

  • The Sports Hall is located 13m to right as you exit the lifts on the third floor.
  • There is 1 set of heavy double doors that open towards you and are 210cm wide.
  • There is a similar entrance to give close access to changing rooms on the far side of hall.
  • The Sports Hall consists of a large multipurpose hall with multiple pitch markings including 1 football pitch or 4 tennis courts. There is also a climbing wall set on the rear wall of the Sports Hall.

Accessible Shower (Accessible Changing Rooms)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the accessible changing room on the third floor.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip-down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 47cm (1ft 7in).
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Accessible Toilet (Accessible Changing Rooms)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 55m (60yd 5in) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the rear left of the building, to the right as you exit the lift on the third floor.
    • 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 240cm x 237cm (7ft 10in x 7ft 9in).
    • 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 146cm (4ft 9in).
    • 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 pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • 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 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 the left.
    • 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 cannot 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 97cm.
  • 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 an additional accessible changing room (shown in photographs 3, 4 and 5) in the overflow changing room at the rear of the standard changing rooms. This room has a ceiling tracking hoist, changing bed and a bath chair. This room has a limited access swipe card lock on the door.
  • Comments View
    • There is an additional accessible changing room (shown in photographs 3, 4 and 5) in the overflow changing room at the rear of the standard changing rooms. This room has a ceiling tracking hoist, changing bed and a bath chair. This room has a limited access swipe card lock on the door.

Standard Changing Room (Male Standard Changing Room)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located to the right as you exit the lifts, at the rear left of the building.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 68m (74yd 1ft) from the lift.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 13m (14yd 8in) from the fitness suite.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar female standard changing room in the same location.

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the standard changing rooms.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located within the standard changing rooms.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 68m from the lift.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar standard toilet in the female standard changing room.