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Blue Hall

Sports Centre - Blue, Headingley Campus, Leeds, LS6 3QS

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include sports hall which is expandable.
  • The Blue Hall is a sports hall that can be used for hire in many different forms or can be linked with the Arena to form a larger venue. The Blue Hall has seating available on the first floor for viewing and supporting events going on in the hall.

Useful Information

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The Headingley Campus is located just north of Headingley and just off the A660. From Leeds City Centre or the A64M/A58M you will need to head north on the A660 (Woodhouse Lane) towards Headingley. You will pass through Headingley and continue on A660 towards Weetwood. You will then need to turn off onto Churchwood Avenue on your left to reach the campus. For your sat nav please use LS6 3QS.
    • There is a visitor's car park available with several Blue Badge parking bays and many standard parking bays. The staff at the main gate will direct you to the best parking bay for your needs. There is numerous Blue Badge parking bays available throughout the campus which are free of charge provided you have a valid Blue Badge. There are also plenty of permit parking bays throughout the site for students and staff with a valid permit.
  • By Bus View
    • There is a University Bus (29 and 29x) which serves the University directly. There are regular services during the day from Leeds City Centre to the Campus and to Woodhouse directly. The service is run by FirstBus Leeds. You can also access other buses in Otley Road which is around 10 minutes walk away from the campus.
  • By Train View
    • Headingley Railway Station is the nearest station to the campus and is on the Leeds to York line. Served by Northern Railways. Leeds Station would be another nearby station to the campus with good links to the campus. Leeds is served by Northern Railways, Virgin East Coast Mainline Railway, Transpennine Express Railway, CrossCountry Railway and East Midlands Railway.
  • Useful Links View

Opening Times (Arena A and B and Blue Hall)

  • Monday 07:15 - 22:00.
  • Tuesday 07:15 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 07:15 - 22:00.
  • Thursday 07:15 - 22:00.
  • Friday 07:15 - 22:00.
  • Saturday 08:15 - 19:00.
  • Sunday 08:15 - 21:00.

Opening Times (Sport and Active Lifestyles Reception)

  • Monday 07:15 - 22:00.
  • Tuesday 07:15 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 07:15 - 22:00.
  • Thursday 07:15 - 22:00.
  • Friday 07:15 - 22:00.
  • Saturday 08:15 - 19:00.
  • Sunday 08:15 - 21:00.
  • Comments View
    • The time of closing changing on a Sunday out of term time to 19:00 instead of 21:00.

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by permit holders, Blue Badge holders, staff permit holders and student permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • 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 5 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 360cm x 490cm (11ft 10in x 16ft 1in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user .
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is not a site/campus car park within approximately 200m.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Site/Campus Car Park (Pay And Display)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located on Churchwood Avenue to the right after the security gates.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Campus Central.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac and block paving.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) markings are faded.
    • There is/are 4 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 360cm x 490cm (11ft 10in x 16ft 1in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by visitors and Blue Badge holders.
    • Parking charges apply for all users.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
    • Payment machines are located throughout the car park.
    • Payment machines are located as you enter the car park and at the far end next to the maintenance workshop.
    • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
    • Payment can be made by phone.
    • To see more information on parking policies please click here (opens new tab).
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is ramped access to the car park from the Campus Central Building.
    • This car park is clearly signposted from the Campus Central Building.
    • The nearest designated bay is 14m (15yd 11in) from the Campus Central Building.

Site/Campus Car Park (Visitor's Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located on Church Wood Avenue to the left after the security gates.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Campus Central and Priestley Hall.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is loose chippings.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are not available.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by visitors.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are not provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is ramped/sloped and stepped access to the car park from the Campus Central Building.
    • This car park is clearly signposted from the Campus Central Building.
    • The nearest designated bay is 18m (19yd 2ft) from the Campus Central Building.
  • Comments View
    • The car park is for visitors only and must get authorisation from security or from the relevant department they are visiting in the campus.

Outside Access (Blue Hall 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.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

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) automatically (away from you).
    • The door(s) is / are single (with a locked extension leaf).
    • The width of the door opening is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • 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 easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.

Outside Access (Main Entrance Arena A and B)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • 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.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • 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 easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.

Reception (Sports and Active Lifestyles)

  • Sport and Active Lifestyles is located at the front of the building.
  • The desk is 10m (10yd 2ft) 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 varied.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • There is a turnstile entrance which isn't currently using the turnstile poles next to the reception desk, which has a width of 89cm. Photograph 3 shows the turnstile.
    • There is seating without armrests along with tables and some vending machines opposite the reception desk as shown in photographs 4, 5 and 6.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building.
    • There is an easy slope, with no handrails, for access to the main walkway between reception and the arena.
    • There is an easy slope, with no handrails, for access to the walkway to the arena from the reception area.
    • There is an easy ramp, with no handrails, for access to the arena from reception.
    • There are 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, tactile and pictorial directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • 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.
    • The photographs show the walkways leading from reception towards the arena.

Blue Hall

  • The Blue Hall is available to hire on its own or as part of the arena as a larger venue.
  • The Blue Hall is setup for many different events and has seating on the first floor which is raised and allows a great view of the whole hall.

First Floor Raised Seating Overlooking The Blue Hall

  • The raised seating overlooks the Blue Hall and can be accessed via the Blue Hall Entrance or the Arena Entrance.
  • There is step free access to this area using a platform lift located next to the Arena Entrance, please refer to the platform lift in the guide for the arena.
  • The seating has steps towards the centre to access the raised seating which is shown in photograph 4.
  • The seating is shown in photographs 1, 2 and 3.

Lift (Platform Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the corridor straight ahead as you enter from the arena entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the arena entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The lift door is manual, heavy and opens outwards.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 105cm x 140cm (3ft 5in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are not 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 bright.

Other Floors (Blue Hall)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • The stairs are located opposite the Blue Hall entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 6m from the Blue Hall entrance.
    • 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 the left going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • There is another staircase which leads from the arena entrance and this staircase allows access to the first floor as well.

Other Floors (Arena A and B)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • The stairs are located opposite the arena entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 6m from the arena entrance.
    • 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 the left going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • There is a staircase leading from the Blue Hall entrance to the first floor. Please refer to the Blue Hall for this staircase.

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 in the corridor that runs from opposite the arena entrance to the Blue Hall entrance.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 13m (14yd 8in) from the arena entrance.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the arena A and B.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 60m (65yd 1ft) from the reception desk.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room(s) are 245cm x 255cm (8ft x 8ft 4in).
  • The fixtures/facilities available in the accessible changing room(s) include; handrails, a drop down rail and a toilet.
  • There is level access to the accessible changing room(s).

Standard Changing Room (Standard Male and Female Changing Rooms)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located in the corridor to the left as you enter from the Blue Hall entrance and to the right in the corridor from the arena entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the Blue Hall entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 60m (65yd 1ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the Blue Hall.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located in 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 40cm (1ft 4in).
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located within the standard male and female changing rooms.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • The showers are in individual cubicles at the end of the changing room.

Accessible Toilet (Sports and Active Lifestyles Reception)

  • 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 pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 26m (28yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the corridor just past reception on the right.
    • 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 locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 170cm x 210cm (5ft 7in x 6ft 11in).
    • 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 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • 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 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 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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 105cm (3ft 5in).
    • 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a baby changing facility within the accessible toilet. The baby changer measures 80cm when extended.

Accessible Toilet (Arena A and B)

  • 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 14m (15yd 11in) from the arena entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the accessible changing room in the corridor running from the arena entrance to the Blue Hall entrance.
    • 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.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 245cm x 255cm (8ft x 8ft 4in).
    • 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 70cm (2ft 4in).
    • 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 female sanitary and waste paper pedal bin disposal units.
    • 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 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 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • There are male and female toilets on the ground floor in the standard changing rooms for both male and female.
  • There are males and female standard toilets on the first floor in the corridor leading from arena entrance and the Blue Hall entrance.
  • There are male and female toilets on the first floor in the corridor running from the Blue Hall to the arena and near the platform lift.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located in the male changing rooms.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 10m from the Blue Hall entrance.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.