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Grangewaters Outdoor Education Centre

Buckles Lane, South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 6RS

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Introduction

  • All safety equipment is available for hire when booking.
  • Once booking is complete you will be given a code to enter at the main gates.

Opening Times

  • Access is by appointment only and Opening times for the venue vary according to bookings/events taking place.

Location

  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Ockenden.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located at the centre of the site.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 0 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • 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 slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Gates)

  • This information is for the entrance located off Buckles Lane.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 400cm (13ft 1in).

Outside Access (Reception)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in).

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 1m (3ft 3in) from the entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Pathways

  • The pathways are varied in widths from 100cm to 250cm.
  • There are easy slopes throughout the surrounding areas.
  • The pathways vary from tarmac, concrete and dirt.
  • The trails can become very muddy in certain weather conditions.

Climbing Wall and Picnic Area

  • The climbing wall and picnic area are located to the rear of the reception office.
  • There is a 90cm wooden path leading to the climbing wall gate.
  • The width of the access gate is 100cm.
  • There are several fixed picnic tables and benches to the left of the climbing wall.
  • The height of the benches are 45cm.

Day Hut

  • The hut is located in the woods to the rear of the car park and is used as base for day visitors.
  • There is an easy to moderate ramp with handrails on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp is 150cm and has a turning point at the top of 150cm x 150cm.
  • The width of the door is 80cm.
  • There are several tables and chairs that can be arranged as required.

Self Catering Day/Weekend Hut

  • There are two catering huts available.
  • The first hut is fully equipped self catering with heating.
  • Access is by a wooden ramp.
  • The width of the ramp is 100cm with handrails to the left as you go up.
  • The width of the door is 80cm.
  • The benches can all be moved and repositioned if required.
  • The second hut is a fully catered hut and staff will do all required cooking.
  • Access is via a wooden ramp.
  • The width of the ramp is 100cm with handrails to the left as you go up.
  • The width of the door is 80cm.
  • The benches can be moved and repositioned if required.

Accommodation Huts

  • The accommodation huts are located to the rear of the self catering day/weekend hut.
  • There are four huts in total and each has a deep step of 20cm at the entrance.
  • The doors are light weight and open inwards.
  • The width of the double doors are 150cm.
  • The lower bunk bed is 40cm from the floor.

Jetty

  • There is a 90cm wide moderate to steep slope leading down to the jetty with a handrail on your right.
  • There is stepped access leading from the jetty to the shower block.
  • The 15+ steps are medium depth and the handrail is to the right as going up.
  • There is a manual hoist available to use on the jetty.
  • No access to the jetty is allowed unless you have all safety aids on.

Outside Access (Shower Block - Boys and Girls)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The bell is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • Second set of doors View
    • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is a small raised threshold in the doorway.

Shower Block

  • The shower block is located to the left of the reception building.
  • The tarmac path varies in width from 90cm - 150cm.
  • The entrance for the girls changing room is facing the lake.
  • The entrance for the boys changing room is facing the woods.

Accessible Shower (Shower Block - Boys)

  • 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, a flip down seat and a fixed seat.
  • The height of the seat is 45cm (1ft 6in).
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Accessible Toilet (Shower Block - Boys)

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located within the changing rooms.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is not a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is not push pad activated.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 240cm x 235cm (7ft 10in x 7ft 9in).
    • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 180cm (5ft 11in).
    • 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 alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • 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 not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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 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 wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin 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 wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Shower (Shower Block - Boys)

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located within the changing room.
  • There is not level access to the shower facilities.
  • The shower cubicle(s) / area is / are accessed via a shallow step.

Accessible Shower (Shower Block - Girls)

  • 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, a flip down seat and a fixed seat.
  • The height of the seat is 45cm (1ft 6in).
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Accessible Toilet (Shower Block - Girls)

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located within the changing room.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is not a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is not push pad activated.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 240cm x 235cm (7ft 10in x 7ft 9in).
    • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 180cm (5ft 11in).
    • 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 alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • 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 not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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 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 wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin 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 wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

Standard Shower (Shower Block - Girls)

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located within the changing room.
  • There is not level access to the shower facilities.
  • The shower cubicle(s) / area is / are accessed via a shallow step.

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 bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • An assistance dog toilet area can be provided onsite.
  • The assistance dog toilet area is located to the rear of the venue.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.