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Kirkcaldy Galleries

War Memorial Gardens, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1YG

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Summary

  • For information about the opening hours please click here.
  • Amenities at this site include: a reception, a café, exhibition rooms, a museum and a shop.
  • There is onsite parking available here with designated Blue Badge parking.
  • The most accessible entrance has automatic doors and a slight ramp/slope.
  • The entrance surveyed is the main entrance on the south side of the building.
  • The building has 3 floors once inside.
  • There is step free access to the majority of the venue once inside.
  • There is stepped only access to the basement where the standard toilets are located.
  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • This venue also has the following available: large print information, audio description, a hearing assistance system which is not signed, facilities for assistance dogs and maps.
  • At the time of our visit the hearing assistance system was not working.
  • Toilet and changing facilities available include: a Changing Places facility, a toilet with some adaptations for disabled people and standard toilets.
  • There is/are 1 toilet(s) designated as accessible.
  • The accessible toilet surveyed can be found on the ground floor.
  • This accessible toilet surveyed is approximately 40m from the entrance.
  • The standard toilets can be found on the basement floor.

Parking

  • This venue has a car park.
  • This is an open air car park with a tarmac surface.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • There are 2 Blue Badge parking bays.
  • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 220cm x 390cm.
  • There is a hatched zone on both sides but not to the rear.
  • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 12m from the entrance.
  • Obstacles from the Blue Badge bays to the entrance include: slopes/ramps.
  • There is not a designated drop-off point.

Public Transport

  • There is a bus stop within approximately 150m of the venue.
  • The nearest train station is Kirkcaldy.

Entrance

  • The entrance surveyed is located on the south side of the building.
  • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
  • The ramp has a slight gradient and a width between 75cm and 150cm .
  • There are 5 steps.
  • The steps are clearly marked with handrails on both sides.
  • The ramp overcomes the steps.
  • There are double automatic doors which open away from you.
  • The width of the opening is 120cm.
  • There is a second set of doors.
  • There are double automatic doors which open away from you.
  • The width of the opening is 120cm.
  • The ramp has handrails on both sides for the first stage, then only on the left for the second stage as you go up the ramp.
    Both sets of doors are permanently held open, except in inclement weather.

Reception (Main)

  • There is step-free level access to this reception.
  • The height of the reception counter is 90cm.
  • There is not a low level desk or counter at the recommended height for wheelchair users (between 76cm - 86cm).
  • The reception has windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
  • There is background noise here which varies, depending on the time of day.
  • The counter has a hearing assistance system which is not signed.
  • There are armchairs, sofas and coffee tables available in the reception area.

Getting Around

  • There is step-free access via lift, throughout the majority of the venue.
  • There are a mixture of chairs with and without armrests and bench seats throughout the building.
  • All flooring in the area is smooth and even.
  • Some of the flooring in the venue has a very shiny finish, which could cause issues with glare or look slippery.
  • There is background noise here which varies, depending on the time of day.
  • The building has a hearing assistance system which is not signed.

Reception (Ground Floor - Library)

  • There is step-free level access to this reception.
  • The height of the reception counter is 90cm.
  • There is a low level desk or counter at the recommended height for wheelchair users (between 76cm - 86cm).
  • The reception is placed in front of a patterned background.
  • Lighting levels are good at this reception.
  • There is no (or very little) background noise here.
  • The counter does not have a hearing assistance system.
  • There are chairs with armrests available in the reception area.

Library (Ground Floor)

  • This library is able to provide material in the following formats: large print, ebook and audio.
  • There is an ordering service.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software, including: NVDA.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users, including: height adjustable chairs and wrist rests.
  • Equipment available for those with a visual/sensory impairment includes: electronic/digital magnifier.

Shop (Ground Floor)

  • The majority of aisle widths are not 150cm+.
  • All flooring in the shop is smooth and even.
  • The till does not have a hearing assistance system.
  • There is background noise here which varies, depending on the time of day.
  • Visitors to the venue who wish to make purchases from the shop will pay for these at reception.
    The shop is open plan and has no doors, counter or pay point.

Eating and Drinking (Ground Floor - Café Wemyss)

  • This is a café which serves hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • There is step-free level access to this area.
  • There is a counter where food and drink can be ordered.
  • Menu types include; handheld menus.
  • Menus are easy to read.
  • The following are available here: drinking straws, takeaway cups and a portable card machine for payment.
  • Lighting levels are good here.
  • There is background noise here which varies, depending on the time of day.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • There is not a low level counter at the recommended height for wheelchair users (between 76cm - 86cm).
  • The seating area has: room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre (150cm x 150cm), tables which are accessible to wheelchair users and a mixture of chairs with and without armrests.
  • The seating area does not have: a priority table.
  • Tables are at a recommended height for wheelchair users (between 70cm - 80cm).
  • All flooring in the area is smooth and even.
  • Some of the flooring has a very shiny finish, which could cause issues with glare or look slippery.

Tour

  • The tour is self-guided but guides are available to provide additional information.
  • There is step-free access throughout the tour, via lift.
  • The majority of walkways are 150cm+ wide.
  • Different tour types are available which may vary the tour time and route.
  • There is background noise which varies, depending on the time of day.
  • Tour information includes the following formats: audio description, information board, pictorial and television/screen.
  • Floor plans/maps are available for the tour route.
  • There are a mixture of chairs with and without armrests at regular intervals along the tour.
  • There are folding seats/stools available to take around the tour.
  • All flooring along the tour route is smooth and even.
  • Some of the flooring has a very shiny finish, which could cause issues with glare or look slippery.
  • The duration of the self-guided tour is not restricted within the hours the venue is open.
    There are a number of rooms of various dimensions and uses that are available internally and externally to use or hire.

Attraction / Exhibit (Museum)

  • There is step-free access to and throughout this area, via lift.
  • The majority of walkways are 150cm+ wide.
  • There is background noise which varies, depending on the time of day.
  • Exhibit information includes the following formats: audio description, information board, pictorial and television/screen.
  • The area does not have a hearing assistance system.
  • There are a mixture of chairs with and without armrests in this area.
  • All flooring in the area is smooth and even.
  • Lighting levels are good in this area.

Lift

  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are -1, 0, 1.
  • Externally the lift has: controls at a recommended height range (between 90cm - 110cm), buttons with a high colour contrast to the surroundings and a door with a high colour contrast to the surroundings.
  • The lift door opening width is 90cm.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 156cm.
  • Internally the lift has: an audible announcer, a mirror to aid reversing, tactile markings, a visual floor indicator and buttons with a high colour contrast to the surroundings.
  • Lighting levels are good here.

Stairs

  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are -1, 0, 1.
  • The number of steps between floors varies from at least 10.
  • The steps are clearly marked with a handrail on the left going up.
  • Lighting levels are good at these stairs.

Changing Places (Ground Floor)

  • Location and Access View
    • The facility is additional to standard and accessible toilets, and is not located close to other managed facilities.
    • There is not a sign at the entrance to the Changing Places facility indicating the location of the nearest toilets and baby changing facilities.
    • There is step-free level access to the facility.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the door.
    • There is a manual door which opens outwards and has a high colour contrast.
    • The width of the door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door has a lever twist lock.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The dimensions of the facility are 370cm x 450cm.
    • The ceiling height is at a minimum height of 2.4m and there is a clear 200cm x 180cm manoeuvring space in the facility.
    • The facility has a non-slip floor.
  • Toilet Details View
    • There are lateral transfer spaces on both sides of the toilet seat but the right side is obstructed.
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 82cm (2ft 8in).
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 250cm (8ft 2in).
    • The following grab rails are available: a horizontal grab rail on the door, a vertical grab rail on the transfer side and a vertical rail on the left side of the wash basin.
    • There is a dropdown rail on both sides of the seat.
    • The following have a high colour contrast with their surroundings: the toilet seat, both dropdown rails, the internal door, some grab rails and the floor.
    • The following have a less clear colour contrast with their surroundings: some grab rails.
    • The toilet seat is 48cm from the floor.
    • There is a spatula flush on the right transfer side.
    • There is a pull cord emergency alarm but it is not at a recommended height for a seated user (within 10cm from the floor).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 92cm.
    • The toilet has a lid obstructing the back rest/cistern/wall.
  • Changing Bench and Hoist Details View
    • The facility changing bench is free standing and height-adjustable.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 176cm (5ft 9in).
    • The changing places hoist is powered overhead and covers all areas in the cubicle.
  • Shower Details View
    • There is an adjustable, detachable shower head not at a recommended height (between 105cm - 185cm).
    • There is no seat for the shower.
    • The following dropdown rails are available: no dropdown rails.
  • Other Facilities View
    • There is a height adjustable wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • The following fixtures cannot be reached from the toilet seat: the toilet roll holder, the wash basin, the soap dispenser, towel dispenser and hand dryer.
    • The soap dispenser is 97cm from the floor.
    • The towel dispenser is 104cm from the floor.
    • The hand dryer is 100cm from the floor.
    • The cubicle also has: a waste bin with lid, a waste bin without lid, a nappy/incontinence items bin, a sanitary bin, a wheel in shower and a privacy screen.
    • The facility does not have a full length mirror.
    • There is not a shelf.
    • The coat hooks for standing users are at the recommended height.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is available.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • The internal door has both horizonal and vertical grab rails.

Accessible Toilet (Ground Floor - Right Hand Transfer)

  • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of the library.
  • There is step-free level access into the accessible toilet.
  • This accessible toilet is approximately 20m from the entrance.
  • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the door.
  • There is an automatic door which opens outwards and has a good colour contrast.
  • The door has a push pad lock.
  • The width of the accessible toilet door opening is 85cm.
  • The dimensions of the cubicle are 140cm x 160cm and it does not have a 150cm x 150cm turning space.
  • There is a lateral transfer space to the right of the toilet seat but it is obstructed.
  • The lateral transfer space is 77cm from the side of the toilet pan to the wall.
  • There is a spatula flush on the transfer side.
  • The following grab rails are available: a horizontal grab rail on the non transfer side, a vertical grab rail on the transfer side and a vertical rail on the right side of the wash basin.
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
  • The following fixtures can be reached from the toilet seat: the toilet roll holder, the wash basin and the soap dispenser.
  • The following fixtures cannot be reached from the toilet seat: towel dispenser and hand dryer.
  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 49cm.
  • The height of the toilet roll holder is 92cm.
  • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
  • The height of the wash basin is 78cm.
  • The height of the soap dispenser is 95cm.
  • The height of the towel dispenser is 110cm.
  • The height of the hand dryer is 99cm.
  • The height of the baby change is 85cm.
  • There is a pull cord emergency alarm but it is not at a recommended height for seated users (within 10cm from the floor).
  • There is not a shelf.
  • The cubicle does not have a mirror and coat hooks.
  • The cubicle also has: a waste bin with lid, a nappy/incontinence items bin and a sanitary bin.
  • The following have a good colour contrast with their surroundings: the internal door, some grab rails and the floor.
  • The following have a less clear colour contrast with their surroundings: some grab rails, the dropdown rail and the toilet seat.
  • Lighting levels are good in the cubicle.
  • The door from the outside is operated automatically by waving your hand over the pad to the right of the door.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • There is not step-free access into the toilet(s).
  • There is a manual door which opens inwards and has a high colour contrast.
  • The male and female standard toilets were surveyed.
  • The wash basin tap type is twist/turn.
  • Lighting levels are good in the cubicle.
  • The male toilets are shown in photographs 2-6.
    The female toilets are shown in photographs 7-9.
    These toilets are protected and cannot be upgraded without formal permission.

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