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Richmond Building

University of Bristol, Queens Road, Bristol, City of Bristol, BS8 1LN

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Introduction

  • The Richmond Building is made up of three blocks; North Block, South Block and the Link Block.
  • The services and facilities within the building include:.
  • North Block.
  • Floors 4 and 5 - The Centre for English Language Foundation Studies (CELFS).
  • Floor 3 - Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre .
  • Floor 2 - the Carpenter (Activity) Room.
  • Floor 1 - the Anson Room and Bar.
  • Upper Ground Floor - Dance Studio, Radio Station, Ceramics and Stacy Room.
  • Lower Ground Floor - Music Practice and Dark Rooms.
  • Pool Level - Swimming Pool.
  • Link Block.
  • Floor 4 - Individual Study Lounge.
  • Floor 3 - Group Study Lounge.
  • Floor 2 - Meeting Space.
  • Floor 1 - Anson Rooms Foyer.
  • Upper Ground Floor - Main Entrance Foyer, Estates Assistants Lodge and Blackwell's Bookshop.
  • Lower Ground Floor - Main Entrance Lobby.
  • South Block.
  • Floors 5 and 6 - The Department of Film and TV.
  • Floor 4 - Bristol Students' Union Offices.
  • Floor 3 - Bristol Students' Union Welcome Desk and Offices.
  • Floor 2 - the Odlum Room and the Stephenson Room.
  • Floor 1 - the Winston Theatre and Pegg Studio Theatre.
  • Upper Ground Floor - The Balloon Café/Bar and The Basket Shop.

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:00 - 23:00.
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 23:00.
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 23:00.
  • Thursday 08:00 - 23:00.
  • Friday 08:00 - 23:00.
  • Saturday 08:00 - 23:00.
  • Sunday 14:00 - 22:00.

Opening Times (Summer)

  • Monday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Thursday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Friday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Saturday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Sunday Closed.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Bristol.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Clifton Down.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments
    • There are standard on street parking bays available on the streets surrounding the building. These are pay and display between 09:00 - 21:00 Monday - Saturday, but are free for Blue Badge holders.

Outside Access (Main Entrance, off Gordon Road)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the side of the entrance off Queens Road, accessed off Gordon Lane via the ramp.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 107cm (3ft 6in).
  • Comments
    • This entrance gives access to the upper ground floor of the building.

Level Change (Main Entrance, off Gordon Road)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading up from Gordon Road.
  • The ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Outside Access (Main Entrance, off Queens Road)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 202cm (6ft 8in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance, off Queens Road)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope does not bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located just inside the entrance.
  • There is / are 12 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / 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.
  • The lift does bypass the step(s).
  • The lift does not bypass the ramp.

Lift (Main Entrance Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located just inside the main entrance, off Queens Road.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B-G-1.
  • The lift is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance, off Queens Road.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 140cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • The clear door width is 95cm (3ft 1in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not 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 medium.
  • Comments
    • Level B is for the swimming pool.
    • Level G is the main entrance lobby.
    • Level 1 is the upper ground floor, giving access to the rest of the building.

Reception (Estates Assistants Lodge)

  • The desk/counter is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance lift.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • Level access to the desk/counter is via lift.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance 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 in The Balloon Café/Bar.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments
    • Photograph 1 shows the Mary Carpenter Room located on floor 2 of the North Block. It is managed by the Students' Union, but can be used for events open to the public (e.g. it is used as a Polling Station).
    • Photograph 2 shows the Dance Studio located on the upper ground floor of the North Block.
    • Photographs 3 and 4 show the Stephenson Room on floor 2 of the South Block, which has a short, easy ramp at its entrance.
    • Photograph 5 shows the Hannah More Room 4.72 in the South Block on the Fourth Floor.
    • Photographs 6 & 7 show the post graduate and under graduate common rooms in the North Block on the Third Floor.

Other Floors (North Block Stairs)

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG-UG-1-2-3-4-5.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments
    • Between LG-UG there are only 13 steps, with a handrail on the right hand side going up.
    • Step free access to the music practice rooms and dark rooms on the lower ground floor from Richmond Hill Avenue is possible by prior arrangement.

Lift (North Block Lift)

  • The lift is located just inside the North Block, in the far left corner of the main entrances and reception foyer.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG, UG, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • The lift is approximately 27m (29yd 1ft) from the main entrance lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 139cm x 159cm (4ft 7in x 5ft 3in).
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • 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 loop system.
  • The lift does not 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 medium.

Reception (Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies (CELFS) Reception)

  • The desk/counter is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the North Block lift.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • Level access to the desk/counter is via lift.
  • 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 not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments
    • The Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies (CELFS) is located on the fourth floor of the North Block.
    • It contains seminar rooms (photographs 2 and 3) and an open access study space (photograph 4).
    • There are also staff offices for CELFS located on the fifth floor of the North Block.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 09:00 - 16:30.
    • Tuesday 11:00 - 16:30.
    • Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30.
    • Thursday 09:00 - 16:30.
    • Friday 09:00 - 16:30.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Reception (Innovation & Entrepreneurship)

  • The desk/counter is 9m (9yd 2ft) from the North Block lift.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • Level access to the desk/counter is via lift.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments
    • The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre is located on third floor of the North Block.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Thursday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Friday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Anson Rooms

  • The Anson Rooms are a performance area on the first floor of North Block.
  • It does not have fixed seating, so the location of accessible spaces for wheelchair users depends on the event.
  • This can include a raised viewing platform at the rear of the room (photograph 7).
  • There is a bar to the side, which can be used as the bar area for the main room, but also as a stand-alone performance / social area (photographs 3-5).

Level Change (North Block Upper Ground Floor)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located just past the North Block Lift.
  • There is/are 7 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 medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on the left going up the step(s).
  • There is a lift to access this area/service.
  • The lift does bypass the step(s).

Lift (North Block Upper Ground Floor)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located just past the North Block lift.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the main entrance lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 81cm x 125cm (2ft 8in x 4ft 1in).
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments
    • This lift gives access to the Radio Studio, Dance Studio and the Enid Stacy Room.

Outside Access (North Block Lower Ground Floor Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building, off Richmond Hill Avenue.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 108cm (3ft 7in).
  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments
    • A UCard is required to use this entrance.
    • Only staff and students with disabilities who require access to the music rooms and dark rooms have access via this door, by arrangement.

Level Change (North Block Lower Ground Floor 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 slight.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Other Floors (Link)

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are UG-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
  • Comments
    • These stairs are located in the main entrances and reception foyer.
    • Floors 2, 3 and 4 of the Link Block can be accessed by the lifts and stairs in the North and South Blocks.

Level Change (Fourth Floor North Block to Link Block)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located leading down from the North Block to the Link Block.
  • The ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located leading down to the Link Block.
  • There is/are 5 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 medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.

Other Floors (South Block Stairs)

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are UG-1-2-3-4-5-6.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift (South Block Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located just inside South Block from the main entrances and reception foyer.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG, UG, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • The lift is approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the main entrance lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 146cm x 182cm (4ft 9in x 5ft 12in).
  • The clear door width is 108cm (3ft 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 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 medium.

Reception (Students' Union Welcome Desk)

  • The desk/counter is 12m (13yd 4in) from the South Block lift.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • Level access to the desk/counter is via lift.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments
    • The Welcome Desk is located on the third floor of the South Block.
    • This area also contains seating for individual and private study.

Theatre (Winston Theatre)

  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • Designated seating is located at the rear of the theatre.
  • Wheelchairs are left with the patron.
  • A companion may sit with you.
  • Companions sit beside you.
  • It is 27m (29yd 1ft) from the designated seating area to the nearest accessible toilet.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium.
  • Comments
    • The rear of the theatre is accessed from the second floor of the South Block.
    • There is level access to the front of the theatre from the first floor, but there are no designated spaces for wheelchair users here.
    • It is requested that wheelchair users and patrons with assistance dogs contact the Students' Union before performances.

The Pegg Studio

  • The Pegg Studio is located on the first floor of the South Block, by the Winston Theatre.
  • It is a flexible black box studio space, with level access.
  • It does not contain fixed seating, and the stage is moveable.
  • The studio is managed by the Students' Union, and is used for performances, some of which are open to the public. It can also be hired by external theatre companies.
  • The studio is accessed by double heavy doors, 160cm wide, which open towards you (photograph 4).

Reception (Box Office)

  • The desk/counter is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the South Block lift.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • Level access to the desk/counter is via lift.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • Comments
    • The Box Office is located on the first floor of South Block, to the left as you exit the lift.

Level Change (The Balloon Café/Bar and Shop Internal Access)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located just inside the South Block from main entrances and reception foyer, past the South Block lift.
  • There is/are 6 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • 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).

Lift (The Balloon Café/Bar and Shop Internal Access)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located just inside the South Block, opposite the South Block lift.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 17m (18yd 1ft) from the main entrance lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 109cm x 142cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 8in).
  • The clear door width is 91cm (2ft 12in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not 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 medium.
  • Comments
    • This lift overcomes the steps to give access to The Balloon Café/Bar, SU Shop and South Block stairs from the main entrances and reception foyer.
    • There is a moderate ramp in front of the lift on the reception foyer level.

Outside Access (The Balloon Café/Bar External Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the side of the South Block, off Gordon Road.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 107cm (3ft 6in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Level Change (The Balloon Café/Bar External Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance, off Gordon Road.
  • The ramp or slope is steep.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located to the side of the building, off Queens Road.
  • There is / are 9 step(s) to the area / service.
  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments
    • There is also a moderate ramp between the two doors at the entrance.

Eating and Drinking (The Balloon Café/Bar)

  • The following information is for the café/bar.
  • The bar does 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.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Balloon entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 107cm (3ft 6in).
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are hand held 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 breakfasts, main meals and snacks.
  • Comments
    • Food is served until 21:00 weekdays and 15:00 weekends.
    • The Café/Bar is open until 00:00 every day except Sunday, when it closes at 23:00.
    • The Balloon Café/Bar can be accessed from the main entrances using the internal lifts.

Accessible Toilet (The Balloon Café/Bar)

  • Location and Access
    • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 13m (14yd 8in) from the Balloon entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the toilet area, in the far left hand corner of the cafe from the Balloon entrance.
    • There is level access to this 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 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 136cm x 220cm (4ft 6in x 7ft 3in).
    • 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 81cm (2ft 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 fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures
    • 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 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 a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • 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 internal door and wall is good.
    • 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 contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s) (The Balloon Café/Bar)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s)
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located in the toilet area in the far left hand corner of the cafe from the Balloon entrance.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 13m (14yd 8in) from the Balloon entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • The toilets contain cubicles with grab rails fitted and doors that open outwards.

Accessible Toilet

  • Location and Access
    • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the North Block lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located directly to the right of the North Block lift as you exit, on the second floor.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 218cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 2in).
    • 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 82cm (2ft 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 fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures
    • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 106cm (3ft 6in).
    • 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 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 internal door and wall is good.
    • 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 contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • There are accessible toilets in the same location on floors 3, 4 and 5.
    • The toilet on the third floor has the transfer space on the left (photograph 3).
    • All of these toilets have alarm cords that are not within 10cm of the floor.
    • There are separate male and female toilets in the same location on the first floor.
    • Both have the transfer space on the right.
    • The male toilet does not have a long enough alarm cord and the door opens inwards.
    • There is a toilet on the lower ground with the transfer space on the left (photograph 4).
    • There are also accessible toilets on floors 3 and 4 of the South Block.
    • These have sliding doors and the transfer space on the right (photograph 5).
  • Comments
    • There are accessible toilets in the same location on floors 3, 4 and 5.
    • The toilet on the third floor has the transfer space on the left (photograph 3).
    • All of these toilets have alarm cords that are not within 10cm of the floor.
    • There are separate male and female toilets in the same location on the first floor.
    • Both have the transfer space on the right.
    • The male toilet does not have a long enough alarm cord and the door opens inwards.
    • There is a toilet on the lower ground with the transfer space on the left (photograph 4).
    • There are also accessible toilets on floors 3 and 4 of the South Block.
    • These have sliding doors and the transfer space on the right (photograph 5).

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 first floor of the Link Block.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the South Block lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s)
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the first floor, just inside the North Block from the Link Block.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the North Block lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
  • Comments
    • These toilets contain cubicles with doors that open outward.
    • One of these cubicles is larger and another has grab rails fitted.
    • There are male and female toilets located on floors LG, 3, 4 and 5 of the North Block, and levels 3 and 4 of the South Block.

Level Change (Swimming Pool)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located directly to the left of the main entrance off Queens Road as you enter.
  • There is/are 12 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 medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • 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.
  • Comments
    • These steps can be overcome using the main entrance lift.

Reception (Swimming Pool)

  • The desk is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance lift.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • This is by lift.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The reception desk is high (110cm+).
  • The desk has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.

Accessible Changing Room (Swimming Pool)

  • There is an/are accessible changing room(s) available.
  • The accessible changing room(s) surveyed is/are located just past the swimming pool reception.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the pool.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the reception desk.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room(s) are 370cm x 420cm (12ft 2in x 13ft 9in).
  • The fixtures/facilities available in the accessible changing room(s) include; a changing table/bench, handrails and a wheel in shower.
  • Other fixtures/facilities available include; an accessible toilet and a height adjustable sink.
  • There is level access to the accessible changing room(s).
  • Comments
    • This changing room is normally kept locked.
    • Please contact the pool on 0117 331 8577 in advance if access to this changing room is required.

Accessible Shower (Swimming Pool)

  • 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, 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.

Standard Changing Room (Swimming Pool)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located at the far end of the corridor, past reception.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 23m (25yd 6in) from the main entrance lift.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the pool.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Comments
    • The changing rooms contain showers with step free access.
    • There are also step free showers located by the side of the pool (photograph 3).
    • The changing rooms also contain changing cubicles, including one with the door opening outwards (photograph 4).

Swimming Pool

  • There is 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 a hoist for wheelchair users to access the water.
  • The hoist is manual.
  • There are not steps into the swimming pool.
  • There is a ladder type entrance into the water.
  • There is a handrail on both sides of the ladder.
  • Comments
    • The hoist is used at the shallow end of the pool only, so the deep end is not accessible when the boom is in place.
    • The boom is not in place on Thursdays or Fridays.

Accessible Toilet (Swimming Pool)

  • Location and Access
    • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the main entrance lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right of the main entrance lift as you exit.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • 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 locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 194cm x 206cm (6ft 4in x 6ft 9in).
    • 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 122cm (4ft).
    • 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 fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures
    • 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 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 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 internal door and wall is good.
    • 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 contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • There is also an accessible toilet located in the accessible changing room.

Standard Toilet(s) (Swimming Pool)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s)
    • The female and male toilets are located in the changing rooms.
    • The female and male toilets are 30m (32yd 2ft) from the main entrance lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Baby Change Facilities
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the standard toilets.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 93cm (3ft 1in).
  • Comments
    • The toilets contain cubicles with doors that open outwards, including one larger cubicle.

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.

Emergency Egress

  • Fire alarm strobes are located throughout to notify hearing impaired people of an evacuation.
  • From the Foyer and The Balloon Bar.
  • There is stepped egress from the ground floor.
  • There is sloped egress from the ground floor.
  • There are refuge points in this building.
  • There is an evacuation chair for the building.
  • There is an evacuation lift for the building.