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Blackpool and The Fylde College, University Centre, Palatine Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 4DW

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Introduction

  • Ground Floor - Students Services and Learning Support, Cafe Grads.
  • 1st Floor - Central Loop, Learning Supprt office, Technical Assessment Support Centre (TASC), meeting room and quiet study area.
  • 2nd Floor - Principalship offices, committee rooms, staff office and a meeting room.

Opening Times

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

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Blackpool.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Blackpool North.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • There is not a tram stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • There are 5 designated bays located at the rear of the Theatre Building.
  • These bays are 490cm x 370cm.
  • There are also an additional 2 designated bays located at the rear of the South Building.
  • These bays are 450cm x 320cm.
  • The route to any of the college buildings is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance, because of slopes and ramps.
  • The entrance to the car park is barrier controlled and is linked to the main reception by an intercom system.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open automatically (towards you).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The door opening is 103cm (3ft 5in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • The automatic door is activated by swipe card which is issued to Blue Badge holders.
    • Reception staff can also operate the automatic door from the reception desk.
    • The door opens towards you.
    • To the right as you face the entrance is a revolving door.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Reception

  • The desk is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are.
  • The reception desk is high (110cm+).
  • The desk does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing system is not available only on request.
  • 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
    • The lower section of the reception desk is 79cm high.
    • The touch screen/listening post is 150cm high to the top of the screen.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2.
    • 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.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located towards the rear of the foyer.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2.
  • The lift is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 133cm x 140cm (4ft 4in x 4ft 7in).
  • 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 have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Restaurant Bar Internal (Cafe Grads)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.
  • Food is available from the bar.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the counter.
  • Food or drinks cannot be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the service counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 2m (2yd 7in) from the foyer entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 103cm (3ft 5in).
  • 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.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • Comments View
    • There is also a deli bar within the cafe.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:00 - 20:00.
    • Tuesday 08:00 - 20:00.
    • Wednesday 08:00 - 20:00.
    • Thursday 08:00 - 20:00.
    • Friday 08:00 - 15:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Outside Access (Central Loop)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the 1st floor.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • Level access is via lift.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The door opening is 119cm (3ft 11in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • There are identical entrances on either side of the lift shaft.
    • There are security barriers located directly inside of the entrance to the Central Loop which are 109cm wide.

Reception (Central Loop - Info Point)

  • The desk is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the 1st floor lift entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • This is by lift.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The reception desk is low (76cm or lower).
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • The hearing system is available only on request.
  • 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
    • The touchscreen is 139cm high to the top of the screen.
    • A portable hearing loop is avaliable for use throughout the building and is avaliable from main reception on the ground floor.

Library (Central Loop)

  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in Braille.
  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in large print.
  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in audio format.
  • There is an ordering service.
  • It takes approximately 1-2 days to process an order.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.
  • A large text keyboard, large rollerball mouse and height adjustable table is / are available.
  • Comments View
    • Software includes read and write gold, supernova, jaws and claro read.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:30 - 21:30.
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 21:30.
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 21:30.
    • Thursday 08:30 - 21:30.
    • Friday 08:30 - 18:00.
    • Saturday 10:00 - 16:00.
    • Sunday Closed.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • 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.
    • The accessible toilet is 42m (45yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located at the rear of Cafe Grads, on the ground floor.
    • There is level access to the 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 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 217cm x 263cm (7ft 1in x 8ft 8in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear 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 143cm (4ft 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 alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted 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 are mirrors.
    • 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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The towel dispenser is 132cm (4ft 4in) high.
    • 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 toilet roll holder is 110cm (3ft 7in) high.
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The adapted toilet on the ground floor also has a roll in shower, which has an adjustable height shower head and a fold down seat which is at a height of 50cm.
    • There are additional adapted toilets located on floors 1 and 2.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilets are located at the rear of Cafe Grads.
    • The female toilets are 45m (49yd 8in) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilets are located at the rear of Cafe Grads.
    • The male toilets are 45m (49yd 8in) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are additional standard male and female toilets located on floors 1 and 2.
    • The toilets contain cubicles with grab rails and the doors open outwards.

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.
  • Plastic cups are available.
  • Plastic cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available on request.