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Attenborough Arts Centre

University of Leicester, Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7HA

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Introduction

  • As the University of Leicester’s Centre for the Arts, Embrace Arts aims to offer opportunities to participate without barriers in ways that challenge and inspire.
  • It does this by working to ensure that all activities are accessible and inclusive.
  • Placing arts and disability at the core of our work.
  • Aiming for excellence in all we do supporting emerging and established artists in the East Midlands.
  • Bringing national and international artists into the region.
  • Developing partnerships that are creative, share skills and explore new ways of working and providing a high quality of service.
  • The number provided is for the box office.
  • The text relay number is 18001 0116 252 2455.

Opening Times (Box Office)

  • Monday 09:30 - 19:00.
  • Tuesday 09:30 - 19:00.
  • Wednesday 09:30 - 19:00.
  • Thursday 09:30 - 19:00.
  • Friday 09:30 - 19:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.
  • Comments View
    • The opening times for evenings and weekends vary depending on the performances and events taking place.
    • Please contact the venue for further details.

Getting Here

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by Blue Badge holders.
    • There are no parking charges.
    • The car park is located in front of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • There is/are 4 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked and signposted.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 350cm x 450cm (11ft 6in x 14ft 9in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The dropped kerb between the car park and the building does have tactile paving.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The car park is only for Blue Badge holders.
    • Parking is popular and booking in advance is advisable.
    • There is additional on street parking available on Lancaster Road, which is pay and display before 18:00.
    • Additional evening and weekend parking is located in the University’s Medical Sciences Building car park next to the Centre. This is accessed through a push button barrier and is free.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
  • Entrance View
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 105cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 105cm (3ft 5in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is moderate.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the left going up.

Reception

  • The main reception is located to the right as you enter.
  • The desk is 2m (2yd 7in) from the main entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There is an easy ramp, with no handrails, for access to Studio 1.
    • The ramp is located at the entrance to Studio 1 (shown in photograph 1), located on the first floor.
    • There are not doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in the majority of corridors.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a fixed loop.
    • The hearing loop is located in the performance space.
    • Staff are trained to use the system.

Eating and Drinking (Attenborough Cafe)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is a lowered section at the counter.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • All chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 3m (3yd 10in) from the entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 106cm (3ft 6in).
  • The standard height for tables is 72cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 09:30 - 17:00.
    • Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00.
    • Thursday 09:30 - 17:00.
    • Friday 09:30 - 17:00.
    • Saturday 10:00 - 15:30.
    • Sunday 10:00 - 15:30.

Opening Times (Gallery)

  • Monday Closed.
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 18:00.
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 18:00.
  • Thursday 12:00 - 18:00.
  • Friday 12:00 - 18:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Sunday 12:00 - 16:00.

Theatre (Performance Space)

  • There are not designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • Wheelchairs are left with the patron.
  • A companion may sit with you.
  • Companions sit behind or beside the patron.
  • This venue does not provide audio described performances.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
  • The rows suitable for hearing loops are all within the theatre.
  • Concessions are available.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium.
  • Comments View
    • Companions of disabled people attend performances free of charge.
    • The theatre has a level access performance area at the front and a tiered seating area at the rear.
    • The venue has a flexible approach to wheelchair spaces, therefore there are not fixed designated spaces.
    • The seating can be arranged depending on the performance taking place.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • 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 at the rear of the reception desk.
  • The lift is a standard 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 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 130cm x 150cm (4ft 3in x 4ft 11in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • 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 bright.

Lift (Gallery)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you enter.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG-G.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 120cm x 217cm (3ft 11in x 7ft 1in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does 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.

Other Floors (Gallery)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-LG.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is not a landing.

Changing Places

  • Location and access View
    • The facility is located to the left as you enter.
    • The facility is approximately 17m (18yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features View
    • The dimensions of the facility are 311cm x 400cm (10ft 2in x 13ft 1in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is free standing.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 180cm (5ft 11in).
    • The facility hoist is mobile.
    • The facility toilet is peninsular.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 160cm (5ft 3in).
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Drop down rails are provided.
    • As you face the toilet the drop down rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • The type of wash basin is fixed.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available at the wash basin.
    • As you face the wash basin, the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • A privacy screen is available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is available.
    • The facility has a non slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is available.
    • Accessible shower facilities are available.
    • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
    • The height of the seat is 48cm (1ft 7in).
  • Comments View
    • A battery, available from reception, is required to use the hoist in this changing place.

Accessible Toilet

  • 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 tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of the Attenborough Cafe.
    • A toilet with the same fixtures is located next to this facility. It has the transfer space on the left.
    • 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 inwards and outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 130cm x 160cm (4ft 3in x 5ft 3in).
    • There is not a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space 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 82cm (2ft 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 an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • 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 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 125cm (4ft 1in).
    • 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 height of the toilet roll holder is 113cm (3ft 8in).
    • 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 contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the changing table once extended is 100cm.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located at the rear of the Attenborough Cafe.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.