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Academy of Sport - Sports Centre

London Road Building, 100 -116 London Road, London, SE1 6LN

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the sports hall, fitness suite, weights room, dance and exercise studio and a sports therapy/treatment room.
  • Comments View
    • The Sports Centre is located on levels G and 1 of the London Road Building with its own entrance from the street.
    • There is no internal route from other parts of the building.
    • From the entrance the accessible route to the fitness suite and changing rooms involves using the platform lift at the end of the corridor opposite reception from ground level to the lower ground level.
    • From the lower ground level there is a further platform lift up to level 1.
    • The centre is open on Bank Holidays except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Easter.

Opening Times

  • Monday 07:00 - 22:00.
  • Tuesday 07:00 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 07:00 - 22:00.
  • Thursday 07:00 - 22:00.
  • Friday 07:00 - 22:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 20:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 20:00.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the area.
  • This venue is situated in Elephant and Castle.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Elephant and Castle.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest underground station is Elephant and Castle.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park type is underground.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 0 Blue Badge 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 concrete.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.
    • The maximum height is 195cm (6ft 5in).
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The car park takes up part of level G of the building, and is accessed from Thomas Doyle Street.
    • The car park is for staff and students with disabilities only.
    • In order to get a pass to use the car parks you must register with Disability and Dyslexia Support on 020 7815 6405.

Outside Access (Sports Centre Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the junction of London Road and Thomas Doyle Street.
  • 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).
  • 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 175cm (5ft 9in).

Level Change (Sports Centre Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located from street level down to the entrance.
  • 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 have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located from London Road down to the entrance level.
  • There is/are 12 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.

Reception (Sports Centre)

  • The desk/counter is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Sports Centre 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 portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing assistance system is available only on request.
  • The system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played in the fitness suite and weights room.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments View
    • The sports therapy room is located at the level of the main entrance.
    • The room has a height-adjustable treatment couch.

Fitness Suite (Ground Floor)

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located down the corridor to your left on entrance.
    • The fitness suite is 10m (10yd 2ft) 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 single.
    • The doors are permanently held open.
    • The opening is 90cm (2ft 11in) wide.
  • IFI Accredited Fitness Suite View
    • 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.
  • 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 a lower area to this gym which can be accessed via the route to the main lift level change. The lower area can be seen in photograph 4.

Level Change (Accessible Route to Main Lift)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located at the end of the corridor opposite reception.
  • There is/are 7 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are bright.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • There is a lift to access this area/service.
  • The lift does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • There is an alternative set of steps with a handrail on the left. These are located in the weights room and overcome the same level change. They can be seen in photograph 2.

Lift (Accessible Route to Main Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the end of the corridor opposite reception.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-LG.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) 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 90cm x 140cm (2ft 11in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does not 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.
  • Comments View
    • When the lift is at its lower level, there is a short moderate ramp to enter/exit the lift.

Lift (Main Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the lower ground level.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG-1.
  • The lift is approximately 45m (49yd 8in) 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 102cm x 150cm (3ft 4in x 4ft 11in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does 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 (Main Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • The stairs are located next to the main lift.
    • The stairs are approximately 14m from the accessible route to main lift (lift).
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • 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 a landing.
  • Comments View
    • The main stairs are immediately to the right of the reception desk.
    • The spiral staircase is next to the main lift in the centre of the building and connects the lower ground floor level with level 1.

Fitness Suite (First Floor)

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located on level 1.
    • The fitness suite is 30m (32yd 2ft) from the main lift.
    • There is level access to the fitness suite.
    • Level access is by lift.
    • There are doors into the fitness suite.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are double.
    • The doors are permanently held open.
    • The opening is 120cm (3ft 11in) wide.
  • IFI Accredited Fitness Suite View
    • A number of staff have received IFI Mark standard Disability Equality Training.
    • IFI accredited equipment is available.
    • For example: upper body ergometer.
    • IFI equipment includes Chest Press, Shoulder Press, Pec Dec, Free Weights.
    • A portable hearing loop is available for induction.
    • Staff are trained to use the portable hearing loop.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.
    • Link to IFI websitehttp://www.inclusivefitness.org.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • A portable hearing loop is not available for induction.
    • There is not clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.

Standard Changing Room

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located off the level 1 corridor.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main lift.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the fitness suite.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Comments View
    • The changing rooms contain lockers, including low lockers for disabled sports centre card holders only.
    • The showers in the changing rooms are accessed by a deep step.

Accessible Toilet (Main Reception)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • 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 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located to the right as you enter.
    • 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 outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 146cm x 216cm (4ft 9in x 7ft 1in).
    • There is not a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a lateral transfer space.
    • 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 female sanitary disposal units.
    • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Accessible Toilet (Male Changing Room)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the standard changing rooms.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is not a unisex toilet.
    • The details here are for the male toilets.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 2003cm x 246cm (65ft 9in x 8ft 1in).
    • There is 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 130cm (4ft 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 a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is 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 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 123cm (4ft).
    • 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
    • The toilet in the male changing room has the transfer space on the right.
    • The accessible toilets require a sports centre card with permission set to access.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located within the accessible toilets.
  • 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 45cm (1ft 6in).
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

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 in the female standard changing room.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located in the male standard changing room.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 42m (45yd 2ft) from the main lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are medium.

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.
  • Comments View
    • There is a refuge point on level G, outside the sports hall.
    • The call button is 132cm high, and it has Braille and tactile signage.