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Manchester Aquatics Centre

2 Booth Street East, Ardwick, Manchester, M13 9SS

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Opening Times

  • Monday 06:30 - 22:00.
  • Tuesday 06:30 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 06:30 - 22:00.
  • Thursday 06:30 - 22:00.
  • Friday 06:30 - 22:00.
  • Saturday 07:00 - 18:00.
  • Sunday 07:00 - 22:00.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town or city.
  • This venue is situated in Manchester.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Manchester Oxford Road.
  • Comments View
    • Facilities available include a swimming pool, diving pool, children's pool with water slides, pool viewing gallery, 50 metre training pool, fitness suite, health suite, sports injury clinic and activity room available for hire.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • There are 12 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 300cm x 450cm (9ft 10in x 14ft 9in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 30m (33yd) from the main accessible entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Comments View
    • The car park is for Blue Badge holders and for dropping off only.
    • Other visitors should use the Aquatics Multi-Storey Car Park.
    • Please see the separate guide for this car park.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
  • Comments View
    • The car park is 30m from the venue's entrance.
    • The convenient dropoff point is located in front of the entrance
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Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 155cm (5ft) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door opening is 155cm (5ft) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • The automatic doors slide open.
    • The separate exit has identical doors.

Reception (Payment Desk)

  • The reception desk is 10m (10yd 3ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is low height.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are turnstiles, 50 cm wide, leading from the payment desk to the rest of the building.
    • There is a gate, 91 cm, located to the right of the payment desk as you face it, which can be used by wheelchair users.

Eating and Drinking

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 72cm (2ft).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Menus are hand held only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are available in large print.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is breakfasts and hot and cold snacks.
  • Comments View
    • The cafe is located behind the payment desk. The nearest table is 23 metres from the main entrance.
    • There is a lowered table for children, 60 cm high, available.
    • The cafe is open 09.00 - 19.30 Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 07.00 - 19.30 Tuesday and Thursday, and 09.30 - 16.30 Saturday and Sunday.

Swimming Pool

  • There is a ramped entrance into the water.
  • There is a wet side chair available.
  • There is a hoist for wheelchair users to access the water.
  • The hoist is manual.
  • There are not steps into the swimming pool.
  • There is a ladder type entrance into the water.
  • Comments View
    • There is ramped access into the Children's Pool only. All other pools have ladder type entrances.
    • All pools, except the Children's Pool, have adjustable floors.
    • All pools can be access vis the hoist.
    • There are adapted changing rooms within the changing area (to the left of the payment desk as you enter), by the Health Suite (to the right of the payment desk as you enter), by the Fitness Suite on the first floor and by the Training Pool on the basement level.
    • The adapted cubicles in the main changing area do not have roll in showers within them. The main showers have level access and lowered showers.
    • The adapted changing facilities in the other areas have roll in showers.
    • The photograph shows the ramp leading into the Children's Pool. At the time of research, this pool had been drained for cleaning.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G - 1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located behind the payment desk.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G - 1.
  • The lift is 15m (16yd 15in) from main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 230cm x 123cm (7ft x 4ft).
  • There is not 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 controls do have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.
  • Comments View
    • There is tactile flooring in front of this lift.
    • There is another, slightly smaller lift available at the far end of the changing area.
    • As well as the first floor, this lift can also be used to access the Training Pool on the basement level.
    • A key is required to take the lift to this level.

Accessible Changing Room

  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing rooms are located within the changing area.
  • The accessible changing room is 40m (44yd) from the main entrance.
  • The accessible changing room is 30m (33yd) from the swimming pool.
  • Comments View
    • There is ramped access into the Children's Pool only. All other pools have ladder type entrances.
    • All pools, except the Children's Pool, have adjustable floors.
    • All pools can be access vis the hoist.
    • There are adapted changing rooms within the changing area (to the left of the payment desk as you enter), by the Health Suite (to the right of the payment desk as you enter), by the Fitness Suite on the first floor and by the Training Pool on the basement level.
    • The adapted cubicles in the main changing area do not have roll in showers within them. The main showers have level access and lowered showers.
    • The adapted changing facilities in the other areas have roll in showers.
    • The photograph shows the ramp leading into the Children's Pool. At the time of research, this pool had been drained for cleaning.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • The accessible toilet is 34m (37yd 7in) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located in the changing area, either side of the showers.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 193cm x 234cm (6ft x 7ft).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 120cm (3ft).
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on the left.
    • There are mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • 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 47cm (18in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3").
    • The hand dryer is 104cm (3ft) high.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3").
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5").
    • The sink is 75cm (2ft) high.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • Wall mounted and drop down rails are available.
    • There are 2 adapted toilets in the changing area, the other one having the transfer space on the right.
    • There are also 2 adapted toilets, which the transfer space on different side in both, and standard toilets on the first floor.
    • There are adapted toilets in the adapted changing rooms by the Health Suite on the ground floor, and the Training Pool on the basement level. There are also standard toilets available in these areas.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilets are located in the changing area, either side of the showers.
    • The female toilets are 32m (34yd 3ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female toilet.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilets are located in the changing area, just before the showers.
    • The male toilets are 22m (24yd 2in) from the accessible entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are not located within the venue.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 adapted toilets in the changing area, the other one having the transfer space on the right.
    • There are also 2 adapted toilets, which the transfer space on different side in both, and standard toilets on the first floor.
    • There are adapted toilets in the adapted changing rooms by the Health Suite on the ground floor, and the Training Pool on the basement level. There are also standard toilets available in these areas.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Plastic cups are available.
  • Plastic cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available on request.