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Charles W. Gillet Centre

Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6LG

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a sports hall on the lower ground floor, vacant offices, and washing and changing facilities.

Location

  • The venue is situated on the Eastern side of the dual carriageway that divides the Selly Oak campus at the heading south.
  • The venue is not on a road with a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline Railway Station is Selly Oak.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • This venue does not have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • Parking is available in front of Selly Oak Visual Arts Centre.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
  • There are 0 designated 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.
  • The patron does not have to cross a road.
  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • 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 level access into the venue.
  • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in) wide.

Reception

  • The reception desk is 9m (29ft 6in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • Lighting levels are low.
  • The reception desk is high height.
  • The desk has a lowered section.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Lighting levels are varied.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG-G-1-2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is low.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is not a landing.
  • Other View
    • The services on the floors which are not accessible are vacant offices.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the stairs leading to the lower ground floor.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG-G.
  • The lift is 7m (22ft 12in) from main entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 88cm x 98cm (2ft 11in x 3ft 3in).
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

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 6m (19ft 8in) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located on the left as you enter within the standard toilets.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is not a unisex toilet.
    • This is the male toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 152cm x 198cm (4ft 12in x 6ft 6in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • 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 not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • No emergency alarm fitted in the cubicle.
    • Disposal facilities are not 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 is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • 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 44cm (1ft 5in).
    • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The toilet roll holder is 105cm (3ft 5in) high.
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink cannot 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 internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external 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 low.
  • Comments View
    • There is a female adapted toilet in the standard toilets which has similar measurements.

Standard Toilet(s)

Standard Changing Room

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing rooms are located next to the main hall.
  • The standard changing room is 30m (33yd) from the lift/stairs.
  • The standard changing room is 4m (13ft 1in) from the main hall.
  • There is level access to the standard changing rooms.

Standard Shower

  • There are standard level access shower facilities available.
  • The showers are located within the standard changing rooms.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

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.
  • Staff are not Text Relay aware.