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Archway Leisure Centre

MacDonald Road, Islington, London, N19 5DD

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include fitness suites, a leisure pool with a sloping beach and flume, 2 spa pools, sauna, steam room and changing facilities.

Opening Times

  • Monday 06:30 - 21:30.
  • Tuesday 06:30 - 21:30.
  • Wednesday 06:30 - 21:30.
  • Thursday 06:30 - 21:30.
  • Friday 06:30 - 21:30.
  • Saturday 08:30 - 18:00.
  • Sunday 08:30 - 21:30.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Upper Holloway.
  • The nearest underground station is Archway.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • There is a separate exit to the building located to the right of the main entrance which has a width of 118cm.
    • This can be seen in photograph 3.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • There is a touch screen.
  • The touch screen is not at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.
  • Comments View
    • There are barriers to enter the main area of the leisure centre from the reception.
    • The larger barrier has a width of 95cm and the smaller one has a width of 65cm.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service(s).
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played in the fitness suite.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are bright.

Level Change (Gym and Swimming Pool Changing Rooms)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located to the right of the building.
  • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
  • 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.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 112cm (3ft 8in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the right of the building.
  • There is/are 3 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.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • The accessible changing rooms do not require use of the level change to access them.
    • There is a steep ramp with a width of 110cm to access the swimming pool directly from the foyer area. At the time of research, it was not possible to survey this area.

Swimming Pool

  • There is level access from the changing area to the swimming pool.
  • There is a ramped entrance into the water.
  • There is a wet side chair available.
  • There is a hoist for wheelchair users to access the water.
  • The hoist is manual.
  • There are not steps into the swimming pool.
  • There is a ladder type entrance into the water.
  • The ladder does not have handrails.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • 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.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left, past the barriers at reception.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1.
  • The lift is approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 82cm (2ft 8in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 130cm x 128cm (4ft 3in x 4ft 2in).
  • 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 not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Fitness Suite (Gym - First Floor)

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located ahead as you exit the lift on the first floor.
    • The fitness suite is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • 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 doors are heavy.
    • The opening is 122cm (4ft) wide.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • Staff receive some training in assisting disabled people.
    • Training provided is by the company.
    • Equipment suitable for mobility or sensory impaired users includes free weights.
    • There is not clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is not level access to all of the equipment.

Other Floors (Gym)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • 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.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are an additional gym area.

Standard Changing Room (Gym)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 19m (20yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located to the rear right of the building on the ground floor.
  • There is not level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Shower facilities are available within the changing room(s).
  • There is level access to the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There are separate female and male changing rooms.
    • The gym changing rooms can only be accessed via steps or a steep ramp.
    • The gym is located on the first floor and can be accessed from the changing room via the lift.
    • There is an ambulant toilet available within the changing room.

Standard Changing Room (Swimming Pool)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 22m (24yd 2in) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located to the rear right of the building.
  • There is not level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Shower facilities are available within the changing room(s).
  • There is level access to the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • The changing room exits directly into the poolside area.
    • There is a baby change with the changing room area at a height of 88cm as shown in photograph 2.
    • There are ambulant toilets available within the swimming pool changing room as shown in photograph 3.

Accessible Changing Room (Left)

  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing room is located on the ground floor, to the left as you pass through the reception barriers.
  • The facility is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The door opens outwards.
  • The door is not push pad activated.
  • The width of the door is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The door is locked by a locking handle.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room are 226cm x 350cm (7ft 5in x 11ft 6in).
  • There is a lateral transfer space.
  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
  • The lateral transfer space is 60cm (1ft 12in).
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
  • There is a flush on the transfer side.
  • Wall mounted rails are available.
  • The toilet seat is 47cm (1ft 7in) above floor level.
  • There is a sink.
  • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The height of the sink is 73cm (2ft 5in).
  • The tap type is lever.
  • There is a mixer tap.
  • There is an emergency alarm in the cubicle.
  • The emergency alarm is fully functional.
  • There is not a locker within the accessible changing room.
  • There is a changing bench.
  • The facility changing bench is wall mounted.
  • The facility changing bench height is fixed.
  • The length of the bench is 180cm (5ft 11in).
  • There is a wheel in shower.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip-down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 44cm (1ft 5in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a dropdown rail available in the shower.
    • The bench within the changing room is a flip down bench as shown in photograph 3.
    • There a portable hoist in the changing room as shown in photograph 4.
    • There is a wet side chair available in the changing room as can be seen in photograph 4.

Accessible Changing Room (Right)

  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing room is located to the left after you pass through the reception barriers.
  • The facility is 18m (19yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The door opens inwards.
  • The width of the door is 77cm (2ft 6in).
  • The door is locked by a locking handle.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room are 230cm x 350cm (7ft 7in x 11ft 6in).
  • There is not a lateral transfer space.
  • There is not a flush on the transfer side.
  • Wall mounted rails are available.
  • The toilet seat is 49cm (1ft 7in) above floor level.
  • There is a sink.
  • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The height of the sink is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • The tap type is lever.
  • There is a mixer tap.
  • There is an emergency alarm in the cubicle.
  • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
  • There is not a locker within the accessible changing room.
  • There is not a changing bench.
  • There is a wheel in shower.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip-down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 52cm (1ft 8in).
  • Comments View
    • The distance between the toilet and the shower to the right of the toilet is 48cm.
    • There is a flip down seat in the cubicle with grab rails and a drop down rail at a height of 38cm as shown in photograph 3.
    • There is a wet side chair available as can be seen in photograph 3.

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 dry changing room area.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 19m (20yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female toilet(s).
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle with wall mounted grab rails is available.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located within in the dry changing room area.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 19m (20yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the male toilet(s).
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle with wall mounted grab rails is available.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are additional standard toilets located in the female and male areas of the wet changing rooms.
    • These include ambulant cubicles such as the one shown in photograph 3.

Additional Info

  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are not available in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Home visits / services are not available.