Vassall Centre

Gill Avenue, Bristol BS16 2QQ

0117 965 9630

vassall@vcconferences.co.uk

www.vcconferences.co.uk

Guide Last Updated: 13/12/2017

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Access Guide

  • The Vassall Centre is one of the earliest barrier free workplaces in the UK, having been extensively renovated in the last 25 years.

  • The single storey building has been made accessible for those with a wide range of difficulties. .

  • The building is occupied by more than 15 organisations as tenants.

  • They are predominantly charities and social enterprises and with the ever busy Conference Centre, the building is a vibrant and very popular social hub.

  • More than 25,000 people from all walks of life will use the Conference Centre every year.

  • There is an average of 6 events a day and the Centre will usually hold functions 7 days a week.

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

  • The nearest National Rail station is Temple Meads.

  • Monday 09:00 - 18:00.

  • Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00.

  • Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00.

  • Thursday 09:00 - 18:00.

  • Friday 09:00 - 18:00.

  • Saturday 09:00 - 18:00.

  • Sunday 09:00 - 18:00.

  • The venue does have its own car park.

  • Parking is free for all users.

  • The car park is located in front of the venue.

  • The car park type is open air/surface.

  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.

  • There is/are 15 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 370cm x 480cm (12ft 2in x 15ft 9in).

  • The nearest designated bay is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

  • The furthest designated bay is 36m (39yd 1ft) 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.

  • The patron does not have to cross a road.

  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.

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  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.

  • There is level access into the venue.

  • The main door(s) open automatically.

  • The door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in) wide.

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  • The desk is 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.

  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.

  • The reception desk is high (110cm+).

  • The desk does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a portable loop.

  • Staff are trained to use the system.

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  • There is level access to the service.

  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

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  • The facility is 9m (9yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

  • There is level access to the facility.

  • You do not need a key for the facility.

  • The door opens inwards.

  • The width of the door is 86cm (2ft 10in).

  • The dimensions of the facility are 246cm x 315cm (8ft 1in x 10ft 4in).

  • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.

  • The facility changing bench is free standing.

  • The length of the bench is 190cm (6ft 3in).

  • The facility hoist is powered overhead.

  • The overhead hoist covers all areas in cubicle.

  • The sling is attached to the hoist by hook.

  • The facility toilet is corner.

  • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 170cm (5ft 7in).

  • Wall mounted rails are available.

  • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on the right.

  • Drop down rails are provided.

  • As you face the toilet the drop down rails are on the left.

  • The type of sink is fixed.

  • Wall mounted hand rails are available at the sink.

  • As you face the sink, rails are available on the left.

  • Disposal facilities are available.

  • A privacy screen is not available.

  • Wide tear off paper roll is not available.

  • The facility has a non slip floor.

  • A functioning emergency alarm is not available.

  • It is out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from the floor).

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  • The facility is located off the right corridor.

  • The facility is 38m (41yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • There is level access to the facility.

  • You do not need a key for the facility.

  • The door opens inwards.

  • The width of the door is 85cm (2ft 9in).

  • The dimensions of the facility are 236cm x 320cm (7ft 9in x 10ft 6in).

  • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.

  • The facility changing bench is free standing.

  • The length of the bench is 180cm (5ft 11in).

  • The facility hoist is powered overhead.

  • The overhead hoist covers all areas in cubicle.

  • The sling is attached to the hoist by hook.

  • The facility toilet is corner.

  • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 75cm (2ft 6in).

  • Wall mounted rails are available.

  • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on the right.

  • Drop down rails are provided.

  • As you face the toilet the drop down rails are on the left.

  • The type of sink is fixed.

  • Wall mounted hand rails are available at the sink.

  • As you face the sink, rails are available on the left.

  • Disposal facilities are available.

  • A privacy screen is not available.

  • Wide tear off paper roll is not available.

  • The facility has a non slip floor.

  • A functioning emergency alarm is available.

  • It is not a push button style alarm.

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  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.

  • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.

  • There is Braille , tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.

  • The accessible toilet is 18m (19yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

  • The accessible toilet is located off the main corridor.

  • There is level access to the accessible toilet.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.

  • The door opens inwards.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).

  • The door weight is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 198cm x 300cm (6ft 6in x 9ft 10in).

  • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.

  • There is a lateral transfer space.

  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.

  • The lateral transfer space is 127cm (4ft 2in).

  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.

  • There is 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.

  • There is not a coat hook.

  • Wall mounted rails are available.

  • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on the right.

  • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There are mirrors.

  • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.

  • 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 a towel dispenser.

  • The towel dispenser can 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 sink.

  • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The sink is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).

  • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the internal 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 good.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • There is a similar accessible toilet next door with a right sided lateral transfer space of 118cm.

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  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.

  • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.

  • There is Braille , tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.

  • The accessible toilet is 40m (43yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

  • The accessible toilet is located on the main corridor.

  • There is level access to the accessible toilet.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.

  • The door opens inwards.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 84cm (2ft 9in).

  • The door weight is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 194cm x 280cm (6ft 4in x 9ft 2in).

  • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.

  • There is a lateral transfer space.

  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.

  • The lateral transfer space is 110cm (3ft 7in).

  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.

  • There is 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.

  • There is a coat hook.

  • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.

  • Wall mounted rails are available.

  • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.

  • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • 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 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 sink.

  • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The sink is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).

  • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the internal 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 good.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • There is a similar accessible toilet next door with a lateral transfer space on the left of 118cm.

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  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.

  • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.

  • There is Braille , tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.

  • The accessible toilet is 40m (43yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

  • The accessible toilet is located on the right corridor.

  • There is level access to the accessible toilet.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.

  • The door opens inwards (automatically).

  • There is no lock for the toilet door.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 83cm (2ft 9in).

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 180cm x 300cm (5ft 11in x 9ft 10in).

  • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.

  • There is a lateral transfer space.

  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.

  • The lateral transfer space is 110cm (3ft 7in).

  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.

  • There is 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.

  • It is not a push button style of alarm.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.

  • There is not a coat hook.

  • Wall mounted rails are available.

  • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on the left.

  • 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 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 sink.

  • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The sink is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).

  • The height of the sink is 76cm (2ft 6in).

  • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the internal 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 good.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

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  • Standard toilets are available.

  • The female toilets are located on the main corridor.

  • The female toilets are 13m (14yd 8in) from the main entrance.

  • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet.

  • An ambulant toilet cubicle with wall mounted grab rails is available.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • The male toilets are located on the main corridor.

  • The male toilets are 11m (12yd 1in) from the main entrance.

  • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet.

  • An ambulant toilet cubicle with wall mounted grab rails is available.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • There are more standard toilets at the end of each corridor.

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  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.

  • Documents are not available in Braille.

  • Documents are not available in large print.

  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.

  • An assistance dog toilet area can be provided onsite.

  • The assistance dog toilet area is located near the main gate.

  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is normally on duty.

  • Staff are trained to BSL level (unknown at time of research).