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The Historic Chatham Dockyard No.1 Smithery

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: steps, a slight ramp/slope and an automatic door.
  • There is step free access to the majority of the venue once inside.
  • Toilet and changing facilities available include: step free standard toilets and ambulant cubicles.
  • This venue also has the following available: audio format information, seating and a companion/carer discount.
  • The attractions within the Dockyard can only be accessed via the steep ramp at the site entrance.

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 (No. 1 Smithery)

  • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
  • There is a ramp with a slight gradient and a width of at least 150cm.
  • The ramp has handrails on both sides.
  • There are 6 steps.
  • The steps are clearly marked with handrails on both sides.
  • The ramp overcomes the steps.
  • There are double automatic doors which open by sliding.
  • The width of the opening is 98cm.
  • There is a second set of doors.
  • There are double automatic doors which open by sliding.
  • The width of the opening is 210cm.
  • Comments View
    • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
    • The automatic doors have a slight lip at the threshold.

Reception

  • There is step-free access to this reception.
  • There is not a low level desk or counter at the recommended height for wheelchair users.
  • There is background noise here.
  • The counter has a clearly signed hearing assistance system.
  • There are bench seats available in the reception area.
  • Some of the seating is fixed.

Inside Access

  • There is step-free access throughout the majority of the venue.
  • There are bench seats and chairs without armrests throughout the building.
  • All flooring in the area is smooth and even.
  • The flooring is non-slip, with and a very shiny finish which may cause glare or look slippery to some people.
  • Lighting levels are low in some areas.
  • There is background noise here.
  • The building does not have a hearing assistance system.
  • There is level access to most areas within the building, however there are slight slopes or steps in some areas.
    The courtyard area inside the building. It has very slight slopes and has tables that vary from 70cm to 76cm high.

Room(s) (Edward Holl Room)

  • The room surveyed was Edward Holl Room and is located on the left as you enter the venue.
  • There is not wayfinding signage on the route to the room(s).
  • There is no signage for the room.
  • The corridor width outside the room is over 180cm.
  • Getting Into The Room View
    • There is step-free level access into the room.
    • The door is manual, opens outwards and has a high colour contrast with the surrounding walls.
    • The width of the opening is 165cm.
    • Internally the door has a high colour contrast.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the doorway with a height of less than 1.5cm.
  • Inside The Room View
    • Light switches are at a recommended height from floor level (between 75cm - 120cm) at 110cm.
    • The area does not have a hearing assistance system.
    • There is a visual fire alarm beacon in the room(s).
    • There are no tables which are at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.
    • The room has: chairs without armrests and tables.
    • The room does not have: a mixture of chairs with and without armrests.
    • There is step-free level access around the room.
    • All flooring in the area is smooth and even.
    • The majority of the flooring includes large repeating patterns in bold colours, which may look like steps or holes to some people.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is medium.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.

Entrance (Temporary Exhibition Gallery)

  • There is step-free access at this entrance.
  • There are double automatic doors which open towards you.
  • The width of the opening is 138cm.
  • There is not a second set of doors.

Attraction / Exhibit (Temporary Exhibition Gallery)

  • There is step-free access to and throughout this area.
  • The majority of walkways are 150cm+ wide.
  • There is background noise here.
  • Exhibit information includes the following formats: pictorial, information board, television/screen, interactive exhibits at a recommended height for wheelchair users and touchscreens.
  • There are bench seats in this area.
  • All of the seating is fixed.
  • All flooring in the area is smooth and even.
  • The flooring is non-slip, with and a non-shiny finish.
  • Lighting levels are low in some areas.

Exit (Temporary Exhibition Gallery)

  • The exit is located at the far end of the gallery on the right.
  • There is step-free level access at the exit.
  • There are double automatic doors which opens away from you.
  • The width of the opening is 142cm.

Entrance (The Pipe Bending Floor)

  • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
  • There is a ramp with a steep gradient and a width between 75cm and 150cm.
  • The ramp has handrails on both sides.
  • There is a single automatic door which open away from you.
  • The door is .
  • The width of the opening is 99cm.
  • There is not a second set of doors.
  • Comments View
    • The ramp is past the entrance and is used to access the main floor area with information boards and pictures.

Attraction / Exhibit (The Pipe Bending Floor)

  • There is ramped/sloped access to or in this area.
  • The majority of walkways are 150cm+ wide.
  • There is no (or very little) background noise here.
  • Exhibit information includes the following formats: pictorial and information board.
  • There are bench seats in this area.
  • All of the seating is fixed.
  • There is an emergency call point at the far end of the area on the right. It is at a height of 95cm.

Entrance (National Museums Maritime Treasures)

  • There is step-free access at this entrance.
  • There are double automatic doors which open towards you.
  • The width of the opening is 160cm.
  • There is not a second set of doors.

Attraction / Exhibit (National Museums Maritime Treasures)

  • There is step-free access to and throughout this area.
  • The majority of walkways are 150cm+ wide.
  • There is no (or very little) background noise here.
  • Exhibit information includes the following formats: information board, pictorial and television/screen.
  • There are bench seats in this area.

Entrance (National Museums Maritime Treasures to Courtyard)

  • There is step-free access at this entrance.
  • There are double automatic doors which open away from you.
  • The width of the opening is 169cm.
  • There is a second set of doors.
  • There are double automatic doors which open away from you.
  • The width of the opening is 174cm.
  • Comments View
    • There is a very slight slope down into the courtyard past the entrance doors.

Entrance (Reception to The Courtyard and Forges)

  • There is step-free access at this entrance.
  • There are double automatic doors which open towards you.
  • The door is activated by a push pad at a suitable height for seated users.
  • The width of the opening is 177cm.

Attraction / Exhibit (The Forges)

  • There is step-free access to and throughout this area.
  • The majority of walkways are 150cm+ wide.
  • There is no (or very little) background noise here.
  • Exhibit information includes the following formats: information board.
  • This corridor leads towards the courtyard area and collections viewing area.

Ramp or Slope (The Forges to The Courtyard)

  • There is a slope with a slight gradient and a width of at least 150cm .
  • The slope does not have handrails.

Entrance (Collections Viewing Area)

  • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
  • There is a slope with a slight gradient and a width of at least 150cm.
  • The slope does not have handrails.
  • There are 2 steps.
  • The steps are clearly marked with handrails on both sides.
  • The slope overcomes the steps.
  • There are double automatic doors which open towards you.
  • The width of the opening is 196cm.
  • Comments View
    • The sloped access is to the left of the steps when facing the entrance.

Attraction / Exhibit (Collections Viewing Area)

  • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access to or in this area.
  • The majority of walkways are 150cm+ wide.
  • There is no (or very little) background noise here.
  • Exhibit information includes the following formats: information board.
  • There are various models with very small information boards in the corner of windows.
    The viewing windows are from 78cm high.

Accessible Toilet (No.1 Smithery - Right Hand Transfer)

  • There is step-free access into the accessible toilet.
  • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
  • There is a manual door which opens outwards and has a high colour contrast.
  • The door has a lever twist lock.
  • The width of the accessible toilet door opening is 87cm.
  • The dimensions of the cubicle are 148cm x 210cm and it does not have a 150cm x 150cm turning space.
  • There is a lateral transfer space to the right of the seat.
  • The lateral transfer space is 80cm from the side of the toilet pan to the wall.
  • There is a push button flush on the wall above the toilet.
  • The following grab rails are available: a horizontal grab rail on the door, a horizontal grab rail on the non transfer side, a vertical grab rail on the transfer side and vertical grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
  • The following have a high colour contrast with their surroundings: the floor, the internal door and some grab rails.
  • The following have a less clear colour contrast with their surroundings: the toilet seat, the dropdown rail and some grab rails.
  • There is pull cord emergency alarm at a recommended height for a seated user.
  • There is not a shelf.
  • The coat hooks for standing users are at the recommended height.
  • The cubicle also has a full length mirror, a nappy/incontinence items bin and a sanitary bin.
  • The soap dispenser is 101cm high.
  • The toilet roll holder is 88cm high.
  • The hand dryer is 91cm high.
  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm.
  • The wash basin is 81cm high.
  • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
  • The following fixtures are at the recommended height for seated users: the toilet seat, the toilet roll holder, hand dryer and a coat hook for standing users.
  • The following fixtures are not at a recommended height for seated users: the wash basin and the soap dispenser.
  • The following fixtures can be reached from the toilet seat: the toilet roll holder and the wash basin.
  • The following fixtures cannot be reached from the toilet seat: the soap dispenser and hand dryer.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • There is step-free access into the toilet(s).
  • There is a manual door which opens inwards and has a high colour contrast.
  • The width of the door opening is 78cm.
  • The shared standard toilet was surveyed.
  • There is an ambulant cubicle available with horizontal grab rails on both sides and a vertical grab rail on the right.
  • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
  • There is a baby change facility which is not at a recommended height.
  • The shared cubicle on the left-hand side is the ambulant cubicle. The baby change table is 96cm high. There is an emergency pull cord alarm in this cubicle.
    There are 2 other standard shared cubicles.

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