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Huddersfield Town Hall

Corporation Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2TA

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Huddersfield Literature Festival - Information

Location

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

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is Market Hall.
    • The car park is located on Alfred Street.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 381cm x 520cm (12ft 6in x 17ft 1in).
    • On street Blue Badge parking is located on Corporation Street.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • Standard marked parking bays are located on Corporation Street.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments
    • The standard on street parking is not marked into individual bays.
    • The width of the parking area is 238cm.
    • There is room for approximately 16 cars.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Corporation Street.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 168cm (5ft 6in).
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 173cm (5ft 8in).
  • Comments
    • In extreme weather conditions doors are not automatic and are heavy to open.

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 easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

Outside Access (Front Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Ramsden Street.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in).
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 158cm (5ft 2in).
  • Comments
    • This entrance is only used for VIPs and for special events.

Level Change (Front Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located on the path leading to the steps.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is/are 10 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on the right going up.
  • Comments
    • There is 1 deep step and 9 medium height steps in front of the entrance.
    • There are a further 2 medium height steps beyond the entrance, with handrails on both sides.

Outside Access (Rear Entrance)

  • This entrance gives access to platforms the concert hall balcony.
  • This information is for the entrance located on Princess Street.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 252cm (8ft 3in).
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
  • Comments
    • This entrance is only used during events in the concert hall.

Level Change (Rear Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located on the path leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is/are 10 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are in the centre.
  • Comments
    • The height of the first step varies due to the gradient of the street.

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 desk/counter is staffed.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the desk/counter.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service(s).
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Wayfinding signage is available.
  • The type of flooring in walkways and corridors is carpet.

Counter (Box Office)

  • The counter is 2m (2yd 7in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the counter from the entrance.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
  • The height of the counter is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • The height of the counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a lowered section.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Eating and Drinking (The Old Court Room)

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • The bar does not serve food.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Comments
    • The layout of this room depends on events taking place.
    • The room is used for meetings and as the bar for events in the concert hall.
    • At the time of the survey the room was in a meeting layout.

Level Change (The Old Courtroom Bar)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the left as you enter The Old Court Room.
  • There is/are 8 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • There is a lift to access this area/service.
  • The lift does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments
    • There is 1 deep step and 7 medium height steps.

Lift (The Old Courtroom Bar)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you enter The Old Court Room.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 135cm x 87cm (4ft 5in x 2ft 10in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • Comments
    • The door width at the top level is 125cm.
    • The door width at the bottom level is 82cm.

Outside Access (Town Hall)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the left as you enter the main entrance, beyond the box office.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • Comments
    • The door is operated by reception for entry.
    • There is a push button for exit.
    • The height of the push button is 89cm.
    • This door gives access to the main area of the Town Hall including the changing place, offices, meeting rooms, and registry office.

Level Change (Town Hall)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in the main corridor to the left as you enter, beyond the changing place.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments
    • There is a similar ramp on the first floor, leading to the concert hall from the front lift.

Outside Access (Registry Office Area)

  • This information is for the entrance located in the main corridor towards the front entrance.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main 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 162cm (5ft 4in).
  • Comments
    • There is a similar set of doors at the opposite end of the registry office area, giving access to the front entrance and front lift (photograph 3).

Registry Office

  • The registry office is located at the far end of the main corridor to the left as you enter the main entrance.
  • The registry office is 38m from the main entrance.
  • The registry office is accessed by a single door which opens away from you (push).
  • The door is permanently held open.
  • The clear width of the door opening is 88cm.
  • The reception desk is 3m from registry office entrance.
  • The reception desk is medium height.
  • There is a low section (72cm).
  • The desk is staffed.
  • The lighting at the desk is medium.
  • There is room to write or sign documents on the desk.
  • There are 4 interview rooms.
  • The interview room surveyed was in the main office.
  • The door opens towards you (pull).
  • The clear width of the door opening is 85cm.
  • There is a desk and chairs.
  • The height of the desk is 71cm.
  • Some of the chairs have armrests.
  • There is not ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Some of the interview rooms are larger with more room to manoeuvre.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system in the registry office.

Ceremony Room

  • The main ceremony room is located on the ground floor, towards the front of the building, opposite the registry office.
  • The ceremony room is 37m from the main entrance.
  • The ceremony room is accessed by a single door which opens away from you (push).
  • The door is heavy.
  • The clear width of the door opening is 118cm.
  • There are chairs in the ceremony room.
  • The chairs do not have armrests.
  • There is a table.
  • The height of the table is 71cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • The room is used for weddings, civil partnerships, and citizenship ceremonies.
  • There are additional ceremony rooms on the first floor.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • 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.
  • Comments
    • There are additional stairs at the front of the building.
    • The stairs are medium height and not clearly marked.
    • The stairs have a handrail on the left.

Lift (Concert Hall Lift)

  • The lift is located to the right as you enter the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B-G-1.
  • The lift is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 141cm x 162cm (4ft 8in x 5ft 4in).
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • There are 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 controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • Comments
    • During events stewards will assist patrons with use of the lift.
    • Access to floor B is restricted.

Lift (Town Hall Lift)

  • The lift is located at the far end of the main corridor, to the front of the building, as you enter from the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B-G-1.
  • The lift is approximately 43m (47yd 1in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 110cm (4ft 7in x 3ft 7in).
  • The clear door width is 91cm (2ft 12in).
  • 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 controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • Comments
    • Access to floor B is restricted.

Theatre (Concert Hall)

  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • Designated seating is located Row Q.
  • Wheelchairs are left with the patron.
  • A companion may sit with you.
  • Companions sit next to or behind you.
  • It is 32m (34yd 2ft) from the designated seating area to the nearest accessible toilet.
  • This venue does provide audio described performances.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
  • A deposit is not required for the sound enhancement system.
  • The rows suitable for hearing loops are all.
  • There is a wheelchair to borrow.
  • To borrow a wheelchair,reception.
  • Concessions are available.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium.
  • Comments
    • Audio description and signing depends on the event.
    • Carers go free.
    • Designated seating is available for assistance dogs.
    • The layout of the hall depends on the event.

Level Change (Concert Hall Stage)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located at the rear of the stage.
  • There is/are 8 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are low.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • There is a lift to access this area/service.
  • The lift does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments
    • There are steps on the stage to higher levels for participants in choral and orchestral events.
    • The number of steps varies.
    • The height of the steps is deep.

Lift (Concert Hall Stage)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the concert hall.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 90cm (4ft 7in x 2ft 11in).
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments
    • The lift is mobile and can be positioned at the front of the stage.
    • The lift is manually operated.

Changing Places

  • Location and access
    • The facility is located in the main corridor to the left as you enter the building from the main entrance.
    • The facility is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features
    • You do need a key for the facility.
    • It is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from reception.
    • The dimensions of the facility are 397cm x 221cm (13ft x 7ft 3in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is wall mounted.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 188cm (6ft 2in).
    • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
    • The overhead hoist covers all areas in cubicle.
    • The sling is attached to the hoist by hook.
    • The facility toilet is peninsular.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 106cm (3ft 6in).
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 263cm (8ft 8in).
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Drop down rails are provided.
    • As you face the toilet the drop down rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • The type of wash basin is fixed.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available at the wash basin.
    • As you face the wash basin, the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • A privacy screen is available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is available.
    • The facility has a non slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is available.

Accessible Toilet

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 32m (34yd 2ft) from the concert hall lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of the concert hall on the right as you exit the lift.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from reception.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 154cm x 212cm (5ft 1in x 6ft 11in).
    • There is not a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • The lateral transfer space is 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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 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 coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • 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 not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (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 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 107cm (3ft 6in).
    • 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 not a soap dispenser.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • 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 contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities
    • Baby changing facilities are not available within this accessible toilet.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s)
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the landing between floors G and 1.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the stairs.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s)
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the rear right of the foyer.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle with wall mounted grab rails is not available.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the changing place.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.
  • Comments
    • There are additional female toilets on the ground floor at the front of the building, beyond the 2 internal steps at the front entrance (photographs 3 and 4).
    • There are additional male toilets on the first floor at the front of the building.