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Mayflower Drive, Plymouth, Devon, PL2 3DG

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the leisure swimming pool, 50m swimming pool, diving pool, cafe, indoor bowls, a sports hall, dry side diving training, Oasis Spa, fitness suite, dance studio, squash courts and a climbing wall.

Opening Times

  • Monday 06:00 - 23:00.
  • Tuesday 06:00 - 23:00.
  • Wednesday 06:00 - 23:00.
  • Thursday 06:00 - 23:00.
  • Friday 06:00 - 23:00.
  • Saturday 07:00 - 23:00.
  • Sunday 06:00 - 23:00.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Plymouth.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Plymouth.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is at the front of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There are 6 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 365cm x 605cm (11ft 12in x 19ft 10in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 50m (55yd) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 80m (87yd) from the main entrance.
    • 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 slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments
    • There are an additional 10 Blue Badge bays outside the main entrance 380cm x 480cm.
    • The photographs show the main car park and the main entrance parking respectively.
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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 doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 130cm (4ft 3in) wide.
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door opening is 200cm (6ft 7in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading up to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Reception (Main)

  • The reception desk is 5m (16ft 5in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is low height.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played throughout the building.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • The hearing loop is fitted in the dance studio.
    • There are designated seating areas on the first floor overlooking the sports hall and the swimming pools.
    • There is an accessible bowls buggy available to use on the indoors bowls green.

Viewing Gallery-Sports Hall

  • Access to the gallery is via lift.
  • There is unrestricted views from the gallery.
  • Companions can sit beside wheelchair users at one end of the hall only.

Restaurant Bar Internal

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 3m (9ft 10in) from the main entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 71cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 71cm (2ft 4in).
  • Menus are hand held and wall.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is main meals and snacks.
  • Comments
    • There is also a cafe available on the lower ground floor next to the indoor bowls.

Fitness Suite

  • Access to Fitness Suite
    • The fitness suite is located on the first floor.
    • The fitness suite is 18m (20yd) from the the rear lift.
    • There is level access to the fitness suite.
    • There are doors into the fitness suite.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are light.
    • The opening is 200cm (6ft 7in) wide.
  • Fitness Suite (General)
    • A portable hearing loop is not available for induction.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.
  • Comments
    • There is an accessible gate to access fitness suite which is 100cm wide.
    • Equipment suitable for mobility or sensory impaired users includes a hand bike, cable machines, free weights and a pulley station.

Level Change (High Ropes)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located on the first floor leading to the high ropes.
  • There is / are 8 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are bright.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • There is a standard and / or platform lift to access this service.

Lift (High Ropes)

  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The clear door width is 95cm (3ft 1in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 140cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 7in).
  • 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 not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Level Change (Indoor Bowls)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading down to the indoor bowls green.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Swimming Pool (Leisure Pool)

  • There is level access from the changing area to the swimming pool.
  • There is a ramped entrance into the water.
  • There is a wet side chair available.

Swimming Pool (50m Pool)

  • There is a wet side chair available.
  • There is a hoist for wheelchair users to access the water.
  • The hoist is hydraulic.
  • There is a ladder type entrance into the water.
  • There is a handrail on both sides of the ladder.
  • Comments
    • The 50m pool can be divided into smaller sized pools.
    • The floor of the 50m pool can be raised and lowered to allow for competitive disabled swimming.

Lift (50m Pool)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located next to the swimming pool.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is 5m (16ft 5in) from changing room.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 107cm (3ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 107cm x 120cm (3ft 6in x 3ft 11in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.
  • Comments
    • This lift gives access to the 50m swimming pool.
    • A member of staff raises and lowers the lift.
    • There is a similar lift to access the diving pool.
    • There is also a hydraulic hoist available to access the pool.

Swimming Pool (Diving Pool)

  • There is level access from the changing area to the swimming pool.
  • There is a wet side chair available.
  • There is a hoist for wheelchair users to access the water.
  • The hoist is hydraulic.
  • There is a ladder type entrance into the water.
  • There is a handrail on both sides of the ladder.
  • Comments
    • There is also a platform lift available to access the pool.

Viewing Gallery-Pools

  • Access to the gallery is via lift.
  • There is unrestricted views from the gallery.
  • Companions can sit beside wheelchair users.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting level is bright.
  • Comments
    • There is a similar set of stairs at the rear of the building that access the lower ground floor.

Lift (Main Lift)

  • The lift is located to the right after the reception.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2.
  • The lift is 8m (26ft 3in) from reception.
  • The clear door width is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 105cm x 140cm (3ft 5in x 4ft 7in).
  • 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 reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Lift (Rear)

  • The lift is located at the rear of the.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG-G-M-1.
  • The clear door width is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 130cm x 200cm (4ft 3in x 6ft 7in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Accessible Toilet (Squash Courts)

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is located at the rear of the building.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • 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 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 215cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 1in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (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 a functional emergency alarm available.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • 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 in the accessible toilet.
    • 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 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 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
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal 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.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • There is a similar adapted toilet next to pool viewing area.
    • There is a similar adapted toilet on the 2nd floor with the lateral transfer space on the right.
    • There is a similar adapted toilet next to the main reception with the lateral transfer space on the right.

Accessible Toilet (First Floor)

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is located next to the lift.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • 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 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 174cm x 230cm (5ft 9in x 7ft 7in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 108cm (3ft 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 not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • 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 in the accessible toilet.
    • 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 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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 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 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
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal 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.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • There is a similar adapted toilet next to the lift with a lateral transfer space on the left.

Accessible Toilet (Indoor Bowls)

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 1m (3ft 3in) from the ramp.
    • The accessible toilet is located next to the indoor bowls on the lower ground floor.
    • There is not level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • 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 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 245cm x 245cm (8ft 0in x 8ft 0in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 170cm (5ft 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 not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • 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 in the accessible toilet.
    • 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 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • 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 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
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal 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.
    • Lighting levels are bright.

Accessible Changing Room (Wet Side)

  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing rooms are located in the standard changing room.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room are 220cm x 240cm (7ft 3in x 7ft 10in).
  • The facilities available in the accessible changing room are a wheel in shower and handrails.
  • Other facilities available are a bench.
  • There is level access to the changing room.

Accessible Toilet (Accessible Changing Room- Wet Side)

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
    • There is Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • 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 is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 240cm x 255cm (7ft 10in x 8ft 4in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 170cm (5ft 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.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • 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 placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal 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 contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Accessible Shower (Accessible Changing Room- Wet Side)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the adapted changing room.
  • 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 46cm (1ft 6in).
  • Other facilities available include; drop down rails.
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Changing Places (Fitness Suite)

  • Location and access
    • The facility is located in the fitness suite.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features
    • You do not need a key for the facility.
    • The dimensions of the facility are 325cm x 370cm (10ft 8in x 12ft 2in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is free standing.
    • The length of the bench is 180cm (5ft 11in).
    • 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 corner.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 260cm (8ft 6in).
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • Drop down rails are provided.
    • As you face the toilet the drop down rails are on the left.
    • The type of sink is fixed.
    • Wall mounted hand rails are available at the sink.
    • As you face the sink, rails are available on the left.
    • Disposal facilities are not available.
    • A privacy screen is not available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is not available.
    • The facility has a non slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is available.
  • Comments
    • There is an adapted shower in the changing places facility. The flip down seat is 60cm.

Changing Places (Wet Side)

  • Location and access
    • The facility is located in the standard changing room.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features
    • You do not need a key for the facility.
    • The dimensions of the facility are 308cm x 370cm (10ft 1in x 12ft 2in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is free standing.
    • The length of the bench is 180cm (5ft 11in).
    • 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 210cm (6ft 11in).
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • Wall mounted rails are not available.
    • Drop down rails are provided.
    • As you face the toilet the drop down rails are on both sides.
    • The type of sink is fixed.
    • Wall mounted hand rails are available at the sink.
    • As you face the sink, rails are available on both sides.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • A privacy screen is not available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is not available.
    • The facility has a non slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is available.
  • Comments
    • There is a similar changing place in the dry side changing room.
    • This is a mirror image of the one in the wet side changing room.

Accessible Shower (Changing Place - Wet Side)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located in the Changing Place - Wet Side.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 47cm (1ft 7in).
  • Other facilities available are drop down rails.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Accessible Changing Room (Wet Side- Leisure Pool End)

  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing rooms are located at the leisure pool end of the changing rooms.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room are 215cm x 250cm (7ft 1in x 8ft 2in).
  • The facilities available in the accessible changing room are a wheel in shower and handrails.
  • There is level access to the changing room.

Accessible Shower (Accessible Changing Room - Wet Side-Leisure Pool End)

  • 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 45cm (1ft 6in).
  • Other facilities available include; drop down rails.

Standard Changing Room

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing room is 5m (16ft 5in) from the swimming pool.
  • The standard changing rooms are located along the corridor.
  • There is level access to the standard changing rooms.

Standard Toilet(s)

Standard Shower (Wet Side)

  • There are standard level access shower facilities available.
  • The showers are located in the standard changing room.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.
  • Comments
    • There is a 45cm flip down seat available in the wet side standard showers.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is normally on duty.
  • Staff are trained to BSL level (unknown at time of research).
  • Comments
    • Specialist indoor-bowling green chairs are available.