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Coalhouse Fort

Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, Essex, RM18 8PB

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About this venue

Coalhouse Fort is set within several acres of Green Flag parkland next to the River Thames and is currently undergoing refurbishment. The Fort served as a coastal defence battery during WW1 and WW2.

Access Guide

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Introduction

  • The fort is open the last weekend of the month and bank holidays from 11:00 till 16:00.
  • The fort is also open depending on events taking place.
  • The facilities at Coalhouse Fort include a park, moat, picnic benches, and walks.
  • The park is open throughout the year.
  • Admission Prices for open days Adults (17+) = £3.00 Concessions = £2.00.
  • Children 5 - 16 inclusive = 50p.
  • No unaccompanied Children under 16 are allowed.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the village.
  • This venue is situated in East Tilbury Village.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is East Tilbury.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is at the side of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There are 6 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 480cm x 420cm (15ft 9in x 13ft 9in).
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Drop off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front 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 275cm (9ft 0in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located at the entrance.
  • There is / are 1 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are shallow.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Outside Access (Tunnel Tour 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 78cm (2ft 7in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are single width.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The door opening is 108cm (3ft 7in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • The width of the tunnel is 126cm.

Level Change (Tunnel Tour Entrance)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is / are 1 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are shallow.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Lighting levels are varied.
  • Customers cannot charge scooters or wheelchairs at the venue.

Level Change (Coalhouse Fort)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in the fort courtyard.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located all around the fort.
  • There is / are 15+ step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • Comments View
    • The steps are located throughout the fort leading to the first and second floors.
    • The ramp allows access to the 1st floor but some of the rooms on the first floor have medium or deep steps leading to them.

Restaurant Bar Internal

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks cannot be brought to the table.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is snack food.

Museum

  • Exhibits cannot be audio described.
  • Tactile signage for exhibits is not available.
  • The availability of tactile signage does not depend on exhibition.
  • Touch tours are not available.
  • Video tours are not available.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Concessions are available.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • 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.
    • The accessible toilet is 20m (22yd) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located in the toilet block.
    • There is not level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 97cm (3ft 2in).
    • The door is light.
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 212cm x 220cm (6ft 11in x 7ft 3in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 142cm (4ft 8in).
    • 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 a functional emergency alarm available.
    • It is not a push button style of alarm.
    • 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 both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are not mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are bright.

Level Change (Accessible Toilet and Female Toilet)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located to the right of the toilet.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the left of the toilet.
  • There is/are 3 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).

Standard Toilet(s)

Level Change (Male Toilets)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is / are 3 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.

Additional Info

  • Staff do not receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.