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Clifftown Theatre and Studios

Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1EF

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COVID-19 Information (University of Essex)

Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a theatre, a bar, 5 studios, a workshop and the costume department, computer suite.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Southend-on-Sea.
  • The nearest mainline station is Southend Central.

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 Clarence Road Car Park.
    • The car park is located at the rear of the venue.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • 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 550cm x 320cm (18ft 1in x 10ft 6in).
    • Standard marked parking bays are located on Nelson Street.
  • Comments View
    • The photographs show both Clarence Road car park and the on street parking in Nelson Street.

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 160cm (5ft 3in).
  • Comments View
    • The automatic doors open towards you.
    • The entrance doors can also be opened by staff in the Box Office.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Outside Access (Rear Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building.
  • 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 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The 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 130cm (4ft 3in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Reception (Box Office)

  • The desk/counter is 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service(s).
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played during performances and rehearsals.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 1 shows the computer suite which is available to students.

Level Change (Inside Access - 1)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading down to one of the studios.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • Comments View
    • This ramp leads to one of the studios at the rear of the building.

Lift (Stair Platform Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of the building.
  • The lift is a stair lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the rear entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 130cm x 90cm (4ft 3in x 2ft 11in).
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.

Lift (Platform Lift 2)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of the building.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is 9m (29ft 6in) from rear entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 90cm (3ft 7in x 2ft 11in).
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Level Change (Inside Access - 2)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located at the rear of the building.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are bright.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are deep.
  • The steps do not have handrails.
  • There is a standard and / or platform lift to access this service.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 sets of steps which are located at the rear of the building.
    • Both sets of steps are overcome by the use of platform lifts.
    • The photographs on the left shows the 8 steps and the photograph on the right shows the 2 steps.

Theatre

  • There are no designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • Wheelchairs are left with the patron.
  • A companion may sit with you.
  • Companions sit either beside or behind you.
  • It is 12m (13yd) from the designated seating area to the nearest accessible toilet.
  • This venue does not provide audio described performances.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium.
  • The seating within the main part of the theatre can be adapted depending on the performance taking place.
  • Photograph 2 on the right shows the balcony area which is only accessible by stairs.

Studios

  • There are 5 studios of varying sizes located within the building .
  • Studios 1 and 5 are on the ground floor and are accessible.
  • Studios 2, 3 and 5 are on the first floor and are not accessible.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2.
    • 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.
  • Other View
    • The services on the floors which are not accessible are a balcony, studios and costume department.
  • Comments View
    • There are several sets of stairs located throughout the building.

Restaurant Bar Internal (Foyer Bar)

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.
  • Food is not available from the bar.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 71cm (2ft 4in).
  • Comments View
    • The bar is open when there is a performance taking place and only serves drinks.

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 30m (32yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located off the bar area.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens by sliding.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 210cm x 160cm (6ft 11in x 5ft 3in).
    • 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 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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 a mixer tap.
    • 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 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 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external 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 toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 additional accessible toilets available.
    • These are next to each other at the rear of the building.
    • The toilet on the right has the transfer space on the right (picture 2).
    • Within this toilet are baby changing facilities.
    • The table is at a height of 90cm.
    • The toilet on the left has the transfer space on the left (picture 3).

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located off the unisex dressing room.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

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.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.