Alston Observatory

Alston Hall, Longridge, Preston, Lancashire PR3 3BP

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Guide Last Updated: 07/03/2017

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Access Guide

  • Services / facilities within the building include a planetarium/teaching room and an optics laboratory.

  • Services / facilities within the grounds include the MAT Building and the Wilfred Hall Observatory.

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  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the village.

  • This venue is situated in Grimsargh.

  • The venue is situated on a road which has a steep gradient.

  • The nearest mainline station is Preston.

  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

  • The venue does have its own car park.

  • Parking is free for all users.

  • The car park is at the 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 are 0 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • 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 loose chippings.

  • The patron does not have to cross a road.

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

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

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

  • There is a moderate slope in front of the entrance.

  • The path leading to the entrance has a loose chippings surface.

  • The main doors open towards you (pull).

  • The doors are double width.

  • The doors are heavy.

  • The door opening is 164cm (5ft 4in) wide.

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  • There is level access to the service.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • Lighting levels are adjustable.

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

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  • Wheelchairs are left with the patron.

  • A companion may sit with you.

  • Companions sit beside you.

  • It is 10m (11yd) from the designated seating area to the nearest adapted toilet.

  • This venue does not provide audio described performances.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • There is not a wheelchair to borrow.

  • Concessions are not available.

  • Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium.

  • The planetarium does not contain fixed seating.

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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 pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.

  • The accessible toilet is 10m (32ft 10in) from the main entrance.

  • The accessible toilet is located to the right of the main entrance as you enter.

  • 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 sliding bolt.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 78cm (2ft 7in).

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 196cm x 238cm (6ft 5in x 7ft 10in).

  • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.

  • There is a lateral transfer space.

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

  • The lateral transfer space is 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • 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 not a functional emergency alarm available.

  • No emergency alarm fitted in the cubicle.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.

  • There is a coat hook.

  • The coat hook is within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.

  • 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 in the accessible toilet.

  • 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 43cm (1ft 5in).

  • 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

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

  • The sink is 76cm (2ft 6in) high.

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

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

  • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is fair.

  • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

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  • Standard toilets are available.

  • The unisex toilets are located next to the adapted toilet.

  • Unisex toilets are 10m (32ft 10in) from the main entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are medium.

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  • 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 generally on duty.

  • This service can be requested.

  • Staff are not Text Relay aware.