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Sports Centre

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a fitness suite, sports hall, climbing wall, squash courts, seminar room, activity hall and 3 studios.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include tennis/netball courts, disc golf and a fitness trail.

Opening Times

  • Monday 07:30 - 22:00.
  • Tuesday 07:30 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 07:30 - 22:00.
  • Thursday 07:30 - 22:00.
  • Friday 07:30 - 22:00.
  • Saturday 09:00 - 20:00.
  • Sunday 09:00 - 20:00.
  • Comments View
    • Only the fitness suite is accessible between 07:30 and 08:00 Monday-Friday..

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the campus.
  • This venue is situated in Colchester.
  • The nearest mainline station is Hythe.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • Although not as close as Hythe, most visitors choose to arrive at Colchester North station where bus and taxi connections are more readily available.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located true.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 400cm x 450cm (13ft 1in x 14ft 9in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 78m (85yd 11in) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 84m (91yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • 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 a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View

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 door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 161cm (5ft 3in).
  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 141cm (4ft 8in).
  • Comments View
    • The second set of doors open towards you.
    • There is a separate second set of doors to exit the building.
    • These are manual, heavy doors, 142cm wide, which open toward you.
    • The first set of doors are used to exit as well as enter the building.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located to the left of the entrance as you face it.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is/are 1 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are not trained to use the system.
  • Comments View
    • There is an accessible gate leading from reception to the services. The gate is 90cm wide.
    • There is also seating with no armrests available in the reception area.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played in the fitness suite, changing rooms and reception.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

Level Change (Seminar Room and Female Changing Room)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • This ramp is located in the corridor leading to the seminar room and female changing room.

Reception (Fitness Suite)

  • The desk/counter is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the Fitness Suite entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • There are entrance barriers to the side of the reception desk.
    • There is an accessible gate.
    • This is 88cm in width.
    • There is a treadmill with white contrasting lines for visially impaired customers.
    • Some instructors have experience of working with paralympians.

Fitness Suite

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located along the main corridor.
    • The fitness suite is 39m (42yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is level access to the fitness suite.
    • There are doors into the fitness suite.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are double.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The opening is 140cm (4ft 7in) wide.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • Staff receive no training in assisting disabled people.
    • A portable hearing loop is not available for induction.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.
  • Comments View
    • There is an accessible gate into the fitness suite which is 88cm wide.
    • There is a treadmill with contrast lines along the edge for customers with visual impairments.
    • Induction is completed online.
    • Some members of staff have experience of working with Paralympians.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is 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.

Lift (Main)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located opposite the entrance to the fitness centre.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • The lift is approximately 36m (39yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 81cm (2ft 8in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 130cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 3in).
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • This lift gives access to changing rooms and the activity hall.
    • At the time of research, disabled access to this area was restricted due to fire regulations.

Lift (Viewing Gallery)

  • The lift is located to the left as you face reception.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 17m (18yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 80cm x 130cm (2ft 7in x 4ft 3in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is low.
  • Comments View
    • This lift gives access to the viewing gallery and Director's Office.

Standard Changing Room (Male Changing Room)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located to the left of the reception desk as you face it.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 17m (18yd 1ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the sports hall.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Comments View
    • The details here are for the changing room on the ground floor.
    • There is also a male changing room on the first floor, above the fitness suite.

Standard Changing Room (Female Changing Room)

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing rooms are located along the corridor past the male changing rooms.
  • The standard changing room is 43m (47yd) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room is 35m (38yd) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room is 30m (33yd) from the spots hall.
  • There is level access to the standard changing rooms.
  • Comments View
    • The details here are for the changing room on the ground floor.
    • There is also a female changing room on the first floor, above the fitness suite.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the first floor changing rooms.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 48cm (1ft 7in).
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There are accessible showers in both the male and female changing rooms located on the first floor, above the fitness suite.

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the male changing rooms.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Accessible Toilet

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) 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.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 27m (29yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located within the standard changing rooms.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 144cm x 144cm (4ft 9in x 4ft 9in).
    • 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 68cm (2ft 3in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • There is not an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • Disposal facilities are not 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 both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • 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 a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 85cm (2ft 9in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The details here are for the accessible toilet within the male changing room on the ground floor.
    • There is a similar accessible toilet in the male changing rooms on the first floor.
    • This has a functional alarm fitted.
    • This toilet is shown in photograph 2.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located within the female changing room.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 47m (51yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located within the male changing room.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 27m (29yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • The details here are for the toilets within the ground floor changing rooms
    • There are also toilets located within the changing rooms on the first floor, above the fitness suite.
    • At the time of research, disabled access to this area was restricted due to fire regulation.
    • Standard toilets are also located on the viewing gallery, next to the platform lift.

Additional Info

  • 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 Text Relay aware.
  • Comments View
    • Staff may receive disability awareness training.
    • The photograph shows the tennis/netball courts located outside the sports centre.