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Whitworth Park - Grove House

The University of Manchester, 316 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9NG

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Opening Times

  • The venue is open 24hrs.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Manchester.
  • The nearest mainline station is Manchester Oxford Road.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • There is not a tram stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is Car Park F.
    • The car park is located off Dilworth Street.
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the standard marked parking bays are 220cm x 4000cm (7ft 3in x 131ft 3in).
    • Standard marked parking bays are located on Grafton Street.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There is 1 designated bay on site which may be booked by prior arrangement.
    • It is 250cm wide by 400cm and located behind Thorncliffe House, accessible via Aberdeen Street.
    • Standard parking on site may be made available by prior arrangement.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located up to the right side of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 170cm (5ft 7in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope does bypass the steps.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading up from Oxford Road to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 135cm (4ft 5in).
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • There is / are 8 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are bright.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Outside Access (Halls Gate Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the right of the main entrance.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 110cm (3ft 7in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar gate with step free access round to the left between the shops on Oxford Road.

Level Change (Halls Gate Entrance)

  • There is not a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located leading down into the halls area beyond the gate.
  • There is / are 12 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are deep.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • The gate entrance between the shops on Oxford Road overcomes these steps to and from the halls of residence.

Outside Access (Oxford Road - Bar Entrance)

  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 77cm (2ft 6in) wide.

Level Change (Oxford Road - Bar Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading down to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is steep.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 148cm (4ft 10in).
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • There is / are 1 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are bright.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • Comments View
    • The step mentioned is in front of the entrance.
    • This entrance is a fire exit, and must be opened from the inside. It can only be used when the bar is open.

Reception

  • The desk is 34m (37yd 7in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • The reception desk is medium height.
  • The desk does not have a lowered section.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • This is the main reception for all the Whitworth Park Halls.
    • The reception, general offices and the post room are all accessible on the ground floor.
    • The offices are open 09.30 - 12.30 and 13.30 - 16.00 Monday - Friday.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

Eating and Drinking (The Grovel)

  • 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 71cm (2ft 4in).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Comments View
    • There are some low tables available in the bar.
    • There is a medium step leading up to pool tables.
    • The bar is open 19.00 - 23.00 Monday - Thursday, 19.00 - 00.00 Fridays, 17.00 - 00.00 Saturdays and 13.00 - 23.00 Sundays.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG-G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The services on the floors which are not accessible are the Bar and Laundrette on the lower ground floor and the Whitworth Park Gym, the Computer Cluster and Common Room on the first floor.

Level Change (Additional Steps)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located leading up to the fitness suite and down to the squash courts.
  • There is / are 5 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Fitness Suite

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located on the upper floor.
    • The fitness suite is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the stairs.
    • There is not level access to the fitness suite.
    • Fitness Suite/Squash Courts.
    • There are doors into the fitness suite.
    • The doors open towards you (pull).
    • The doors are double.
  • Comments View
    • The fitness suite was not open at the time of research.
    • There are squash courts available on the lower floor.

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 22m (24yd) from the accessible entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located in the corridor leading to the bar area.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is not a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from a member of the bar staff.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 131cm x 148cm (4ft 4in x 4ft 10in).
    • There is not a lateral transfer space.
    • The tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is a coat hook.
    • The coat hook is within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 43cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The hand dryer is 101cm (3ft 4in) high.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The adapted toilet is partially adapted.

Standard Toilet(s)

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.
  • Comments View
    • The photograph shows the launderette, which is located on the lower ground floor of the building.