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The Historic Chatham Dockyard HMS Cavalier

The Historic Chatham Dockyard, Main Gate Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TZ

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Summary

  • There is onsite parking available here with designated Blue Badge parking.
  • The most accessible entrance has: a steep ramp/slope.
  • There is step free access to the ground floor only once inside.
  • This venue also has the following available: seating and a companion/carer discount.
  • The attractions within the Dockyard can only be accessed via the steep ramp at the site entrance.
    HMS Cavalier is one of three warships docked.
    There is ramped step-free access to the lower deck, however most of the ship is accessed via narrow walkways and steep steps.

Parking (Main Car Park)

  • This venue has a car park .
  • This is an open air car park with a loose chippings and gravel surface.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • There is not a designated drop-off point.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 1-4 show the main car park.
    • Photographs 5 and 6 show the step-free or shallow stepped access onto the pavement from the car park.
    • Photograph 7 shows a tarmacked car parking section that is used at times, however, it is further from the entrance.
    • There are Blue Badge bays and electrical vehicle charging bays in the No.5 Slip, to the right of the site entrance and main car park.

Parking (No.5 Slip: Blue Badge Bays and Electric Vehicle Bays)

  • This venue has a car park .
  • This is a sheltered car park with a tarmac and concrete surface.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • There are 5 Blue Badge parking bays.
  • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 225cm x 470cm.
  • There is a hatched zone on both sides and to the rear.
  • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 127m from the site entrance.
  • Potential obstacles between the Blue Badge parking and the entrance include dropped kerbs, uneven surfaces and a road crossing.
  • There is not a designated drop-off point.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 1 shows the No.5 slip which has the Blue Badge bays and 6 electrical vehicle charging bays within it. This is to the right-hand side from the main car park and site entrance.
    • Access does not have to be pre-arranged.
    • A security barrier and intercom 120cm high are used to access the car park. Staff will open the barriers when requested via this intercom.
    • Photograph 4 shows one of the Blue Badge Bays and photograph 5 shows the electrical vehicle charging bays.
    • Photographs 6-8 show the route to the site entrance.
    • There is a pedestrian crossing which is level with the road one side, with a dropped kerb and tactile paving on the other side.
    • The route consists of tarmac and block paving.

Public Transport

  • There is not a bus stop within approximately 150m of the venue.
  • There is a designated drop-off area for coach tours within 150 metres of the site entrance.
  • The nearest train station is Gillingham.
  • Gillingham Station is approximately 1.9 miles away.

Entrance (The Historic Chatham Dockyard: Site Entrance)

  • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
  • A width of at least 150cm and There is a ramp with a steep gradient .
  • The ramp has handrails on both sides.
  • There is a single automatic door which opens by sliding.
  • The width of the opening is 151cm.
  • There is a second set of doors.
  • There is a single automatic door which open by sliding.
  • The width of the opening is 173cm.

Entrance (Security Barriers / Entrance onto Site via Command of the Oceans)

  • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
  • There is a slope with a slight gradient and a width between 75cm and 150cm .
  • The ramp has handrails on both sides.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the opening is 125cm.
  • Comments View
    • The security barriers, shown in photograph 1, have a ticket bar code reader that is 92cm high. The barriers automatically open away from you.
    • The ramp and corridor, shown in photographs 2-5, lead towards the Command of the Oceans gallery space and the two exit doors that lead outside.

Entrance (Command of the Oceans to Museum Square: External Site Area)

  • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
  • There is a slope with a slight gradient and a width of at least 150cm .
  • There are double automatic doors which open away from you.
  • The width of the opening is 153cm.
  • There is a second set of doors.
  • There is a single automatic door which opens by sliding.
  • The width of the opening is 168cm.
  • Comments View
    • There is a very slight slope by the first set of automatic doors, shown in photograph 2.
    • The slight slope is located beyond the second automatic door as shown in photograph 4.

Entrance (Access to Ramped/Stepped Entrance and Information Boards)

  • There is step-free access at this entrance.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the opening is 240cm.
  • Comments View
    • This area is before the stepped/ramped gangway onto the ship.
    • There are two further doorways within the area that lead to the ship. They are 112 and 155cm wide.

Attraction / Exhibit (Information Boards)

  • There is step-free access to and throughout this area.
  • The majority of walkways are 150cm+ wide.
  • There may be background noise here.
  • Exhibit information includes the following formats: information board and pictorial.
  • There are chairs without armrests in this area.

Entrance (Stepped and Ramped Gangway)

  • There is ramped/sloped and stepped access at this entrance.
  • A width between 75cm and 150cm and There is a ramp with a steep gradient .
  • The ramp has handrails on both sides.
  • There are 6 steps.
  • The steps are clearly marked with handrails on both sides.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • Comments View
    • Both sides of the ramp, separated by the central railing, are 80cm wide.

Entrance (Ramped Gangway - Accessible Entrance to Lower Deck)

  • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
  • There is a ramp with a steep gradient and a width of at least 150cm .
  • The ramp has handrails on both sides.
  • There are double manual doors (with one door locked) which is permanently held open.
  • The width of the opening is 80cm.
  • Comments View
    • There is a gate leading towards the accessible entrance (photograph 1). This can be opened by visitors or with assistance from staff.
    • The start and end of the ramp is clearly marked (photographs 2 and 5).
    • This gives step-free access to the lower section of the deck only, with the majority of the ship accessed via steps.

Inside Access (Walkways and Accessible Lower Deck)

  • There is not step-free access throughout the majority of the venue.
  • Some of the corridors are narrow.
  • There are bench seats throughout the building.
  • The flooring is not non-slip, with and.
  • Lighting levels are low in some areas.
  • There may be background noise here.
  • Photographs 1-6 show the accessible step-free lower deck of the ship. There is a minimum width of 100cm along the walkways, until they narrow close to the ladders to other levels.
    There are handrails in some areas and a bench seat.
    There are trip hazards in places.
    Photographs 7-10 show the narrow walkways within the ship. There are various trip hazards in the walkways and low ceilings (approximately 180cm high).
    Photographs 11-17 show some of walkways on the upper decks which are accessed via steps. Some areas are narrow with widths approximately 60cm or less.

Doorways

  • There are various doorways through the ship, most of which have stepped thresholds.
  • Many doors vary from 57cm to 66cm wide with steps varying from 19cm-25cm high.

Steps (Petty Officers Mess to Lower Forward Seamen's Mess)

  • There are 10 or more steps.
  • The steps are not clearly marked but there are handrails on both sides.

Steps (Lower Forward Seaman's Mess to Main Deck)

  • There are 9 steps.
  • The steps are not clearly marked but there are handrails on both sides.

Steps (Main Deck to Bridge)

  • There are 10 or more steps.
  • The steps are clearly marked with handrails on both sides.

Steps (Access Towards Captain's Deck)

  • There are 10 or more steps.
  • The steps are not clearly marked but there are handrails on both sides.

Steps (Access to Captain's Deck)

  • There are 4 steps.
  • The steps are not clearly marked and there are no handrails.

Steps (Main Deck to Lower Accessible Deck)

  • There are 10 or more steps.
  • The steps are not clearly marked but there are handrails on both sides.

Steps (Rear Accessible Deck to Rear Upper Deck)

  • There are 10 or more steps.
  • The steps are clearly marked with handrails on both sides.

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