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ILS (Independent Living and First Aid)

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 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.

Entrance

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the ILS area, at the rear right of the Atrium.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The automatic door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single (with a locked extension leaf).
    • The width of the door opening is 81cm (2ft 8in).

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are adjustable height tables available in some classrooms in this area.

First Aid Room

  • The First Aid Room is located off the main ILS area corridor.
  • The First Aid Room door opens outwards, this door is heavy, 86cm wide and has a key card lock which is 95cm high.
  • The First Aid Room Contains a table 74cm high, chairs with no arm rests and a work bench 90cm high.
  • There is a sink 81cm high with a level, mixer tap. There is a paper towel dispenser and a soap dispenser which are both 130cm high.
  • There is a free standing changing bed which is 193cm long and 80cm high.

Changing Places

  • Location and access View
    • The facility is located of the main corridor in the ILS area.
    • The facility is approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the ILS Entrance.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features View
    • You do not need a key for the facility.
    • The dimensions of the facility are 410cm x 300cm (13ft 5in x 9ft 10in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is free standing.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 200cm (6ft 7in).
    • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
    • The overhead hoist covers all areas in cubicle.
    • The sling is attached to the hoist by hook and loop.
    • The facility toilet is peninsular.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 104cm (3ft 5in).
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 127cm (4ft 2in).
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Drop down rails are provided for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the drop down rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • The type of wash basin is fixed.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available at the wash basin.
    • As you face the wash basin, the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • A privacy screen is not available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is not available.
    • The facility has a non-slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is available.
    • Accessible shower facilities are available.
    • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head.
  • Comments View
    • The shower available is for use with the changing bed.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located within the accessible toilet.
  • 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 48cm (1ft 7in).
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • This shower area was obstructed by a lifting hoist at the time of survey.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • 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 19m (20yd 2ft) from the ILS entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the left, at the end of the main ILS corridor.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • 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 222cm x 260cm (7ft 3in x 8ft 6in).
    • 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 151cm (4ft 11in).
    • 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 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, 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 the right.
    • 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 not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot 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 103cm.
  • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Comments View
    • The nearest standard toilets are located within the Main Building.
  • Comments View
    • The nearest standard toilets are located within the Main Building.