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Marks and Spencer Blandford Forum Simply Food

Langton Road, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7EN

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Introduction

Public Transport and Parking

  • Public Transport
    • There is a bus stop within approximately 150m of the store.
    • The nearest train station is Hamworthy.
  • Parking
    • The store has its own car park.
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located at the front of the store.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 3 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked/signposted.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 490cm x 600cm (16ft 1in x 19ft 8in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the entrance.
    • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are available.
    • 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.
    • Customers do not have to cross a road between the car park and the store.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.

Approach

  • There is step free access on the approach to the store.
  • There is a slight slope on the approach to the store.
  • The surface of the approach is concrete.
  • There is a/are fixed bollard(s) on the approach to the store.

Outside Access

  • This information is for the entrance located off Langton Road.
  • There is step free access at this entrance.
  • Entrance Details
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 0.9cm - 3cm.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 180cm (5ft 11in).

Inside Access

  • The majority of floor surfaces in the store are vinyl.
  • The store does not play background music.
  • There is a/are fixed hearing assistance system(s) in the store.
  • The hearing assistance system(s) is/are located at the food information counter and in the Café.
  • There is not a cash machine in the store.
  • There is a/are wheelchair(s) available to borrow.
  • Trolleys designed for the use of wheelchair users are available.
  • Inside Access
    • There is step free access throughout the store.
  • Order and Collect
    • There is an Order and Collect service in the store.
    • Customers can obtain online Order and Collect items from the food information counter.

Food Hall

  • Food Hall
    • The Food Hall is located ahead as you enter.
    • There is step free access to the Food Hall.
    • The majority of aisles have a clear width of 100cm+ and are clear of obstructions.
    • There is step free access throughout the Food Hall aisle(s).
  • Till(s)/Counter(s)
    • There is a food information counter.
    • There is step free access to the food information counter.
    • There is a clear accessible route to the food information counter.
    • The height of the food information counter is 95cm.
    • There is a hearing assistance system at the counter.
    • There is a/are checkout(s) and self service till(s) (Scott tills) in the Food Hall.
    • The height of the checkout(s) is/are 95cm.
    • Staff can provide assistance with using the self service till(s) (Scott tills).

Café (M&S Café)

  • The Café is located to the right as you enter the store.
  • There is step free access to the Café.
  • There is a clear accessible route to the Café.
  • There is step free access throughout the Café.
  • Food and/or drink(s) is/are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food and/or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • The height of the service counter is 92cm.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 1m from the Café entrance/opening.
  • The distance between the floor and the dining tables is 70cm.
  • There is clear manoeuvring space throughout the Café.
  • Menus are available on the wall.
  • Hand held large print menus are available on request.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in good contrasting colours.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Two handle cups are not available.
  • The Café does play background music.
  • WiFi is available in the Café.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is an accessible toilet in the store.
  • Location of and Access to the Accessible Toilet
    • The accessible toilet is unisex.
    • The accessible toilet is located to the rear right of the store.
    • There is step free access to the accessible toilet.
    • There is a clear accessible route to the accessible toilet.
    • The accessible toilet is approximately 40m from the entrance.
  • Features and Dimensions of the Accessible Toilet
    • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the accessible toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens towards you (pull).
    • The width of the door opening is 86cm.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 185cm x 255cm.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 116cm.
    • There is a drop down rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm, but the pull cord is out of reach (10cm+ from the floor).
    • There are disposal facilities in the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a coat hook in the accessible toilet.
  • Position of Fixtures in the Accessible Toilet
    • There is a/are wall mounted rail(s).
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a shelf or equivalent flat surface in the accessible toilet (includes toilet cistern).
    • The shelf or equivalent flat surface is within 95cm of the floor.
    • There is a mirror in the accessible toilet, the bottom edge of the mirror is 60cm from the floor.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached when seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 87cm.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached when seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the wash basin is 72cm.
    • The tap type is lever. It is a mixer tap.
    • The tap(s) can be reached when seated on the toilet.
    • The distance from the nearest tap(s) to the toilet seat is 50cm.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached when seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 80cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The height of the hand dryer is 73cm.
  • Colour Contrast in the Accessible Toilet
    • There is a colour contrast between the external door and wall.
    • There is not a colour contrast between internal door and wall.
    • There is a colour contrast between the grab rail(s) on the right and wall.
    • There is a colour contrast between the grab rail(s) on the left and wall.
    • There is a colour contrast between the drop down rail and wall.
    • There is a colour contrast between the walls and floor.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • There is a/are standard female and male toilet(s) in the store.
  • Standard Female and Male Toilet(s)
    • The female and male toilet(s) is/are located to the rear right of the store.
    • There is step free access to all of the standard female and male toilet(s).
    • There is a clear accessible route to all of the standard female and male toilet(s).
    • There is not an ambulant cubicle, with a minimum manoeuvring space of 45cm x 45cm and handrails on both sides.
  • Baby Change Facilities
    • Baby changing facilities are available within the standard female and male toilet(s).
    • The height of the baby changing table/bench once extended and in use is 95cm.

Additional Information

  • Staff undertake regular internal awareness training.
  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • There is a member of staff available to provide assistance.
  • There is not a home delivery service available from the store.