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Falmer Sports Complex

University of Sussex, Brighton, Sussex, BN1 9PL

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COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in August 2021.
  • Wherever external queuing is necessary, 2m floor markings have been implemented.
  • Student ambassadors are employed to guide people around campus and assist with queue management.
  • Hand sanitisers are available at the main entrances and exit points of all buildings, along with main foot flow areas.
  • All meeting rooms and social spaces have maximum occupancy on the doors.
  • Classrooms and lecture theatres have been timetabled with maximum occupancies considered.
  • One way systems have been implemented in most buildings where 2m separation in the corridor cannot be maintained.
  • There is clear signage inside to help with social distancing.
  • Screens have been added at receptions/ all customer facing services and in some computer clusters.
  • Alternate sinks in toilets are out of action to maintain social distancing.
  • Social distancing signage has installed for toilet facilities.
  • Face coverings are to be worn in buildings.
  • Track and Trace barcodes are located at every building entrance.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .
  • Additional information about the measures in place for Covid-19 can be found here (new tab) .

Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a fitness suite, changing rooms and a café bar.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include grass and artificial pitches.

Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities

  • Accessible toilet facilities are located to the right as you enter the main entrance.
  • Female and male standard toilet facilities are located to the right as you enter the main entrance.
  • Female and male standard toilet facilities are located within the female and male changing rooms.
  • Parent and baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet cubicle.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The University campus is located to the north of Brighton, accessed off the A27.
      From the centre of Brighton, take the A270 Lewes Road. Just before it meets the A27, turn onto Stony Mere Way and continue onto Sports Centre Road. Turn left into Gardner Centre Road. The building is located at the end of this road.
    • Pre-arranged visitor parking is available in Car Park 4, located outside Sussex House.
      The most accessible car park to the Trafford Centre is Car Park 1.
      Pay and display visitor parking is available in Car Park 4, Car Park 5 (outside the Sports Centre) and the Sports Complex car park. Permit only car parks are located throughout the campus.
  • By Bus View
    • Bus routes 5B 23, 25, 25X, 28, 29, 50 and 50U run from the centre of Brighton to the campus. Route 84 runs from Woodingdean to the campus in the morning. There are several bus stops located throughout the campus.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest station is Falmer, which is located on the opposite side of the A27 from the campus.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by anybody.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located at the 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 3 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 490cm x 470cm (16ft 1in x 15ft 5in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 11m (12yd 1in) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user.
    • The dropped kerb between the car park and the building does not have tactile paving.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The width of the door opening is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • 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 steep.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.

Reception

  • Reception is located to the right as you enter.
  • The desk is 7m (7yd 1ft) 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 good.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building.
    • There is/are 4 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to team changing rooms.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • Photograph 1 shows the steps to the team changing rooms.
    • There are no 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 some flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Fitness Suite

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located on the ground floor and first floor, to the right after the main entrance, opposite reception.
    • The fitness suite is 17m (18yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is step free access to the fitness suite.
    • There are doors into the fitness suite.
    • The doors open towards you (pull).
    • The doors are double.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The opening is 120cm (3ft 11in) wide.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • Staff receive some training in assisting disabled people.
    • Training provided is disability awareness training.
    • A portable hearing assistance system is not available for induction.
    • There is not level access to all of the equipment.
  • Comments View
    • Some of the strength and conditioning equipment for the fitness suite is located on the first floor.

Eating and Drinking (The Clubhouse)

  • Location and Access View
    • The following information is for the restaurant/bar.
    • The restaurant/bar is located ahead as you enter.
    • There is step-free access to the restaurant/bar.
    • For access there are double manual doors which are permanently held open.
  • Service and Menus View
    • Tables cannot be booked in advance.
    • There is a bar where food and drink can be ordered.
    • Staff can bring food and/or drinks to tables.
    • Plastic/takeaway cups are available.
    • Adapted cups are not available.
    • Adapted cutlery is not available.
    • Drinking straws are available.
    • This area does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Service Counter(s) View
    • The height of the counter is 102cm.
    • There is a moveable card machine available for payment.
  • Tables and Seating View
    • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
    • The majority of tables are accessible to wheelchair users.
    • The standard height for the underside of dining tables is 70cm.
    • No tables are permanently fixed.
    • No chairs are permanently fixed.
    • No chairs have armrests on both sides.
    • The type of flooring in this area is laminate.
    • There is some flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • Lighting levels can be adjusted by a member of staff upon request.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G,1.
    • The stairs are located opposite reception.
    • The stairs are approximately 25m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are additional fitness suite equipment.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located within the accessible changing room.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head 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.

Accessible Changing Room

  • There is not a Changing Places facility available.
  • There is an/are accessible changing room(s) available.
  • The accessible changing room(s) surveyed is/are located opposite reception.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the fitness suite.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the reception desk.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room(s) are 163cm x 195cm (5ft 4in x 6ft 5in).
  • The fixtures/facilities available in the accessible changing room(s) include; a chair/stool and a wheel in shower.
  • There is level access to the accessible changing room(s).

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right as you enter.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 148cm x 196cm (4ft 10in x 6ft 5in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a waste disposal bin.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are sanitary and nappy/incontinence items bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is not a mirror.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 44cm (1ft 5in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • 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).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is fair.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the left hand side of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 90cm.
    • 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 120cm.
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is good.
    • There is not a hand dryer.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a flip down baby change table available.
    • The height of the baby change table is 95cm.

Standard Changing Room (Indoor Activities)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located on the ground floor, opposite reception.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the fitness suite.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located within the indoor and outdoor standard changing rooms.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There is 1 medium step to access the shower facilities in the changing rooms.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located to the right as you enter the reception area.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 12m from the main entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is fair.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 84cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.

Outside Access (Grass Pitches Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The width of the door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 166cm (5ft 5in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is / are 15+ step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the right going up the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • There is level access to the grass pitches from the car park.

Standard Changing Room (Outdoor Activities)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located on the ground floor, to the right after the main entrance, beyond reception.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 27m (29yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 250m (273yd 1ft) from the outdoor pitches.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).

Outdoor Fitness Area, Tennis Courts, Grass and 3G Pitches

  • The outdoor facilities of the sports complex are all accessed via slight slopes.
  • The facilities are comprised of an outdoor fitness area, 6 hard tennis courts,
  • artificial football, rugby and American football pitches, grass sports pitches (for cricket, football, rugby etc), as well as an artificial cricket wicket.