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The House

Performing Arts Centre, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a 200 seat flexible studio theatre, 2 additional studios, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR) - including the Sound and Music Computing Lab, and BioMusic Research, meeting rooms and staff offices.
  • Comments
    • The House is the University's Performing Arts Centre.

Location

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

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located outside the Roland Levinsky Building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 46m (50yd 11in) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 64m (69yd 2ft) 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 block paving.
    • 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
    • The parking bays here are for Blue Badge holders only.
    • The bays are not marked. There is room for around 7 cars here.

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 door(s) open automatically.
  • The doors are single width.
  • The door opening is 102cm (3ft 4in) wide.
  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open automatically.
    • The doors are single width.
    • The door opening is 96cm (3ft 2in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance from Parking)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located to the left of the building as you face it.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 145cm (4ft 9in).

Level Change (Main Entrance from Drake Circus)

  • 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 building, leadng off Drake Circus.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • 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 in front of the building.
  • There is / are 3 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 not have handrails.

Reception (Box Office)

  • The desk is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The reception desk is high (110cm+).
  • The desk has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk is not generally staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments
    • This box office is only open on performance days.
    • When there is no performance in The House, the box office can be found in the Peninsula Art Gallery, on the ground floor of the Roland Levinsky Building.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments
    • Photograph 1 shows one of the meeting rooms available in the building.
    • Photographs 2 and 3 show the studio located on the first floor.
    • Photograph 4 shows the studio located on the second floor.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2-3.
    • 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.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the opposite side of the foyer from the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2-3.
  • The lift is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 135cm x 268cm (4ft 5in x 8ft 10in).
  • The clear door width is 120cm (3ft 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 Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments
    • Thrre is also a lift in the staff only area on the far side of the theatre and the backstage area.
    • This is narrower than the main lift (shown in photographs 3 and 4).

Theatre

  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • Designated seating is located at the front of the theatre.
  • Wheelchairs are left with the patron.
  • A companion may sit with you.
  • Companions sit beside you.
  • Comments
    • There is level access to the rear of the theatre from the first floor.
    • This area is mainly used by production staff.

Accessible Toilet

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located straight ahead from the main entrance, by the main 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 outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door weight is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 200cm (4ft 11in x 6ft 7in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear 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 83cm (2ft 9in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not 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 alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
  • 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.
    • 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 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 toilet roll holder is 116cm (3ft 10in) high.
    • 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 internal door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the external 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 poor.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • There is also a similar accessible toilet in the backstage area of the ground floor, except the alarm is tied up (shown in photograph 2).
    • Photograph 3 shows the accessible toilet on the second floor, which has the transfer space on the right.
    • Photograph 4 shows the accessible toilet on the third floor, with the transfer space on the left.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s)
    • The female toilets are located straight ahead, by the accessible toilet and the lift.
    • The female toilets are 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s)
    • The male toilets are located in the foyer, next to the box office.
    • The male toilets are 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s)
    • The unisex toilets are located on the first floor, to the rear of the main lift.
    • Unisex toilets are 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the unisex toilet.
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located on the first floor, left as you exit the main lift, by the upper entrance to the theatre.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.
    • This is by lift.
  • Comments
    • The toilets contain cubicles with doors that open outwards.
    • There are also unisex toilets located on the third floor and on the ground floor in the staff only area.

Accessible Changing Room (Dressing Room)

  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing rooms are located in the backstage area, to the left of the ground floor entrance to the theatre.
  • The accessible changing room is 13m (14yd 8in) from the main entrance.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room are 258cm x 302cm (8ft 6in x 9ft 11in).
  • The facilities available in the accessible changing room are a wheel in shower.
  • There is level access to the changing room.

Accessible Shower (Dressing Room)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located in the accessible dressing room.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 51cm (1ft 8in).
  • Other facilities available are a functional alarm.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Standard Changing Room (Dressing Room)

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing rooms are located in the backstage area, to the left of the ground floor entrance to the theatre.
  • The standard changing room is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the standard changing rooms.
  • Comments
    • The standard dressing room contains a standard shower, accessed by a deep step.

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.