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Victoria Building

Tameside College, Beaufort Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, OL6 6NX

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Introduction

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:30 - 21:00.
  • Tuesday 08:30 - 21:00.
  • Wednesday 08:30 - 21:00.
  • Thursday 08:30 - 21:00.
  • Friday 08:30 - 17:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Ashton-under-Lyne.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Ashton-under-Lyne.
  • 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 in front of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 6 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 350cm x 550cm (11ft 6in x 18ft 1in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 21m (22yd 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 tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • 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 venue has a front and rear car park. The front car park is for permit holders and visiting Blue Badge holders. Visitors should contact reception via the barrier intercom.
    • The rear car park is used by staff, students and visitors.

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(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 200cm (6ft 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 213cm (6ft 12in).

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.

Reception (Main Reception)

  • The desk/counter is 9m (9yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments
    • This is the main reception for the college and is located on the right as you enter the building.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 08:30 - 20:45..
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 20:45..
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 20:45..
    • Thursday 08:30 - 20:45..
    • Friday 08:30 - 16:30..
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Reception (Cashiers Office)

  • The desk/counter is 18m (19yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments
    • The Cashiers Office is located next to the West Lift, to the left of the main entrance as you enter.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 08:45 - 12:45..
    • Tuesday 08:45 - 12:45..
    • Wednesday 08:45 - 12:45..
    • Thursday 08:45 - 12:45..
    • Friday 08:45 - 12:45..
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Customers cannot charge scooters or wheelchairs at the venue.

Level Change (Inside Access)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on floor A, leading to the rear entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • Comments
    • There is also a ramp located on floor F, to the right of as you exit the East Lift, shown in photograph 2.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are A, B, C, D, E, F.
    • The stairs are located in the corridor to the left of the reception.
    • The stairs are approximately 16m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are 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.
    • There are 2 sets of identical stairs opposite the East and West Lifts.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left of the main entrance as you enter.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are A, B, C, D, E, F.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 143cm (4ft 7in x 4ft 8in).
  • The clear door width is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • There are not 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 lift does not have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does 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
    • There are 2 lifts; the East lift and the West lift.

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 17m (18yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the corridor leading to the rear entrance.
    • There are additional accessible toilets located on floors B, C, D, E and F which are similar to the accessible toilet detailed.
    • There is not 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 inwards.
    • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 77cm (2ft 6in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 202cm x 220cm (6ft 8in 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 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • 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 not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are not available.
    • 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 50cm (1ft 8in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 83cm (2ft 9in).
  • 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 dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • The baby change facilities are located in the ground floor accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 103cm (3ft 4in).

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 floor B, left as you exit the East Lift.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the East 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 floor C, left as you exit the East Lift.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the East Lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • There are additional standard male toilets located on floors E and F and additional standard female toilets on floors D and F.

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 normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.