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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.
  • First Floor - Central Loop, Learning Support office, Technical Assessment Support Centre (TASC), meeting room and quiet study area.
  • Second 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

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The car park is located at the rear of the Theatre building.
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.
  • Comments View
    • 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.
    • There is also Student pay and display parking at the front of the University which is shown on photograph number 6 and 7.

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 bell is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The bell is at a height of 82cm.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 103cm (3ft 5in).
  • 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/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Reception (Main Reception)

  • The desk/counter is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed 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.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • 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 and 2.
    • The stairs are located ahead as you enter.
    • The stairs are approximately 6m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • 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.

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 and 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 800 kg.
  • The lift is approximately 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 not have a hearing enhancement system.
  • 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 bright.

Restaurant Bar Internal (Cafe Grads)

  • The following information is for the cafĂ©.
  • 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.
  • Some 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.
  • 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.

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

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 42m (45yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of Cafe Grads, on the ground floor.
    • There are accessible toilets on all floors of the building.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 217cm x 263cm (7ft 1in x 8ft 8in).
    • 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 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 pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary, clinical waste and waste paper pedal bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • 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 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 height of the towel dispenser is 132cm (4ft 4in).
    • 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 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 90cm.
  • 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 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)

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

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located within the accessible toilet on the ground floor.
  • 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 50cm (1ft 8in).
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

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.