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Holiday Inn Birmingham M6, Jct.7 Hotel - Leisure Facilities

Chapel Lane, Great Barr, Birmingham, West Midlands, B43 7BG

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Leisure Facilities Introduction

Getting Here

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • Staff receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • Staff do not receive deaf awareness training.
  • British Sign Language interpreters cannot be provided on request.
  • The alternative formats documents can be provided in include; large print on request.
  • There is an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/near by.
  • The assistance dog toilet or toileting area is located on the grass areas surrounding the hotel.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • There are mobility aids available.
  • The mobility aids available include ceiling track hoists.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact reception.

Parking (Front Car Park)

  • Parking View
    • The hotel does have its own parking facilities.
    • The car park is located in front of the hotel.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park does not have a barrier control system.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked and signposted.
    • There is/are 6 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 349cm x 616cm (11ft 5in x 20ft 3in).
    • There is a 120cm hatched zone around the Blue Badge parking bay(s).
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are not available.
    • All parking spaces are provided on a first come first served basis.
    • There is also an overflow car park for visitors.
  • Paying View
    • There are not parking charges for the car park.
  • Access from the Car Park View
    • 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 dropped kerbs.
    • The entrance is clearly visible from the car park.
    • The surface on the approach to the entrance is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • There is tactile paving on dropped kerbs between the car park and the entrance.
    • The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 17m (18yd 1ft) from the hotel main entrance.
  • Drop-off Point(s) View
    • There is not a/are not clearly marked drop-off point(s).
  • Comments View
    • Visitors must register their cars at reception, the bar or leisure facilities reception for free parking. Failure to do so may end in a fine.
    • The height to the top of the touchscreen at the main reception desk is 132cm.
    • The height to the top of the touchscreen at the bar is 145cm.
    • The height of the touchscreen at the leisure facilities reception desk is 150cm.

Parking (Left Side Car Park/Leisure Facilities)

  • Parking View
    • The hotel does have its own parking facilities.
    • The car park is located at the side of the hotel.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park does not have a barrier control system.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked and signposted.
    • There is/are 2 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 360cm x 590cm (11ft 10in x 19ft 4in).
    • There is a 120cm hatched zone around the Blue Badge parking bay(s).
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are not available.
    • All parking spaces are provided on a first come first served basis.
    • There is an additional car park for visitors.
  • Paying View
    • There are not parking charges for the car park.
  • Access from the Car Park View
    • 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 dropped kerbs.
    • The entrance is not clearly visible from the car park.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is not clearly signposted.
    • The surface on the approach to the entrance is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • There is tactile paving on dropped kerbs between the car park and the entrance.
    • The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 39m (42yd 1ft) from the leisure facilities entrance.
  • Drop-off Point(s) View
    • There is not a/are not clearly marked drop-off point(s).
  • Comments View
    • Visitors must register their cars at reception, the bar or leisure facilities reception for free parking. Failure to do so may end in a fine.
    • The height to the top of the touchscreen at the main reception desk is 132cm.
    • The height to the top of the touchscreen at the bar is 145cm.
    • The height of the touchscreen at the leisure facilities reception desk is 150cm.

Outside Access (Hotel Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the hotel.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The bell/buzzer is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 140cm (4ft 7in).
    • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The height of the intercom is 160cm (5ft 3in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 145cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 145cm.
    • There is a member of staff available for assistance at this entrance.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives direct access to the second floor.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step-free access throughout the first floor.
    • There is a slight ramp, with no handrails, for access to restaurant/bar.
    • This ramp is located on the first floor in the doorway to the restaurant/bar (shown in photographs 1 and 2).
  • Circulation View
    • There are doors in corridors/walkways which have to be opened manually.
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is carpet, tiles and laminate.
    • There is some flooring in corridors/walkways which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • There is some flooring in corridors/walkways which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in the majority of corridors/walkways.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • Access to other floors/levels is via stairs.
  • Signage View
    • Wayfinding signage is provided.
    • The colour, design and typeface of signs is consistent throughout the building.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does play background music in public areas.
    • Music is played in the reception lobby and restaurant/bar.
    • There is a hearing assistance system in the public areas of the building.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • The portable hearing loop is available from the hotel reception desk.
    • The hearing assistance system is available only on request.

Other Floors

  • Stairs View
    • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
    • The stairs are for public use.
    • The stairs are located in the corridor to the left of the reception lobby.
    • The stairs are approximately 38m from the hotel main entrance.
    • Signs indicating the location of the stairs are not available from the entrance.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to enter and exit the stairwell on all floors.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2 and 3.
    • There are 14 steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 19cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a landing.
    • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels at the steps are good.
  • Other Information View
    • The service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are The Queslett Room, The Leisure Facilities, Rooms 101-168 and Rooms 301-368.
  • Comments View
    • Floor 1 of the hotel, the Queslett Room and the Leisure Facilities cannot be accessed from this stairway but can be accessed by using the leisure facilities entrance.
    • Please see the leisure facilities access guide for more information.

Entrance (Leisure Facilities Internal Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the first floor, at the rear left of the hotel.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width with a locked extension leaf.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 70cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 81cm.
    • There is a member of staff available for assistance at this entrance.

Opening Times (Leisure Facilities)

  • Monday 06:30 - 22:00.
  • Tuesday 06:30 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 06:30 - 22:00.
  • Thursday 06:30 - 22:00.
  • Friday 06:30 - 22:00.
  • Saturday 07:00 - 22:00.
  • Sunday 07:00 - 22:00.

Outside Access (Leisure Facilities External Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the leisure facilties building, leading from the side/leisure facilities car park.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • There is a dark mat or floor marking at this entrance that might be perceived as a hole.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 144cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 142cm.
    • There is a member of staff available for assistance at this entrance.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a slope with a very easy incline.

Reception

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located to the left as you enter via the leisure facilities external entrance.
    • The reception point is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the leisure facilities external entrance.
    • The reception area/desk is clearly visible from the entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the reception point.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the reception point.
    • There are windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the reception point which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The reception counter is not placed in front of a background which is patterned.
    • The lighting levels at the reception point are good.
    • The height of the reception counter is high (110cm+).
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is a lowered section of the counter.
    • The lowered section of the counter is not at the recommended height of 76cm.
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the lowered section of the counter.
    • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the lowered section of the counter.
    • The counter is staffed.
    • Clipboards can be provided to anyone who is unable to use the desk.
    • There is a hearing assistance system at the reception point.
    • The type of system is a fixed loop.
    • The hearing assistance system is signed.
    • Staff are trained to use the system.
    • Signs and universally accepted symbols or pictograms, indicating lifts, stairs, WCs, circulation routes and other parts of the building are not provided in the reception area.
    • The type of flooring in the reception area is tiles and laminate.
  • Reception Waiting Area View
    • There is a waiting area close to the reception point.
    • Access to the waiting area is unobstructed.
    • There is a mixture of seating with and without armrests.
    • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to use the waiting area.

Ramp(s) or Slope(s) (Fitness Suite)

  • There is a ramp/slope located in the corridor leading to the fitness suite.
  • The ramp/slope is used to access the fitness suite.
  • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.
  • The lighting levels at the ramp/slope are good.

Fitness Suite

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located in the corridor to the right of reception as you enter via the leisure facilities external entrance.
    • The fitness suite is 22m (24yd 2in) from the leisure facilities external entrance.
    • There is not level access to the fitness suite.
    • There are doors into the fitness suite.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are double.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The opening is 142cm (4ft 8in) wide.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • Staff receive some training in assisting disabled people.
    • Training provided is by the hotel.
    • Equipment suitable for mobility or sensory impaired users includes free weights and rowing machines.
    • A portable hearing loop is available for induction.
    • Staff are trained to use the portable hearing loop.
    • There is not clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.

Entrance (Swimming Pool Accessible Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in the reception foyer.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 76cm.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance overcomes the ramp leading from the female/male changing rooms.

Swimming Pool

  • There is not level access from the changing area to the swimming pool.
  • There is not a ramped entrance into the water.
  • There is a wet side chair available.
  • There is not a hoist for wheelchair users to access the water.
  • There are steps into the swimming pool.
  • There are 5 steps.
  • There is a ladder type entrance into the water.
  • There is a handrail on both sides of the ladder.

Standard Shower (Poolside Shower)

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the swimming pool area.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Ramp(s) or Slope(s) (Changing Rooms to Swimming Pool)

  • The ramp/slope is used to access used to access the swimming pool from the female/male changing area.
  • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • The lighting levels at the ramp/slope are good.
  • Comments View
    • The corridor leading from the female/male changing rooms has a water drainage gulley.
    • The gulley also creates a ramp and is shown in photographs 3 and 4.
    • These ramps can be overcome by using the swimming pool accessible entrance located in the reception foyer.

Changing Area

  • Changing Area View
    • There is a/are changing area(s) available.
    • The changing area that was surveyed is located in the corridor to the right of reception.
    • The changing area is approximately 4m from the leisure facilities external entrance.
    • The changing area is approximately 4m from reception.
    • The changing area is approximately 5m from the swimming pool.
    • There is step-free access to the changing area.
    • The facilities available within the changing area include; standard changing rooms/cubicles, standard showers and standard toilets.
    • This is a male changing area.
    • Similar female changing area(s) are available.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 78cm.
    • The type of flooring in the changing area is tiles.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the changing area.
    • There are changing benches or seats within the changing area.
    • There are lockers within the changing area.
    • There is a/are locker(s) within reach for a wheelchair user.
    • There is not a water dispenser available.
    • The lighting levels in the changing area are good.
  • Shower Facilities View
    • Shower facilities are available.
    • There is step-free access to the shower facilities.
    • Adjustable.
    • The shower control type(s) is/are twist/turn.
    • A shower chair is available.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available for the shower(s).
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • Toilet facilities are available.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is available.
    • There is a horizontal grab rail to the left of the seat.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever.
    • The lighting levels in the toilet(s) are good.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are not available.