Tower Road, Birkenhead, Wirral CH41 1FN
0151 551 7777
Guide Last Updated: 23/12/2016
Wirral Waters is located off Tower Road (A554) in Birkenhead. This road can be reached via the A5139 from Junction 1 of the M53 and also the Kingsway Tunnel.
Parking is available on site for staff and Blue Badge permit holders.
The nearest railway station is Birkenhead Hamilton Square, served by Merseyrail trains from Merseyside and Cheshire.
For more information on how to find the College Campuses, please see the Find Us page on the College website.
Please see the Merseytravel website for more details on buses that serve this campus, as well as train and ferry information.
Please see the Merseyrail website for more information and timetables for trains to and from Birkenhead Hamilton Square.
The building does have its own dedicated parking.
The car park can be used by Blue Badge holders and staff permit holders.
There are no parking charges.
The car park is located at the side of the building.
The car park type is open air/surface.
The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
There is/are 8 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 400cm x 500cm (13ft 1in x 16ft 5in).
The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
The nearest designated bay is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
The dropped kerb between the car park and the building does not have tactile paving.
The car park surface is tarmac.
This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
There is step free access at this entrance.
There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
The door(s) is/are push pad activated.
The door(s) is / are single.
The width of the door opening is 116cm (3ft 10in).
Main Entrance is located on the ground floor to the right of the accessible entrance.
The desk is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
There is step free access to this reception area.
The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
There is a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
The desk is staffed.
The bell is at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.
There is a hearing assistance system.
The type of system is a portable loop.
The hearing assistance system is not signed.
Staff are trained to use the system.
There is step free access throughout the building.
There are not doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
There is no directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
The lighting levels are good.
This building does not play background music.
The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
There are 15+ steps between floors.
The lighting levels are bright.
The steps are clearly marked.
The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
The steps do have handrails.
The steps have a handrail on both sides.
There is a landing.
There is a set of similar stairs at the rear of the building.
There is a lift for public use.
The lift is located along the main corridor on the left.
The lift is a standard lift.
The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
The lift is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the lift.
Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 145cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 9in).
The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
The lift does have an audible announcer.
The lift does not have a hearing loop system.
The lift does have Braille markings.
The lift does have tactile markings.
The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
The lighting level in the lift is medium.
The following information is for the cafe.
Full table service is not available.
Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
There is not a lowered section at the counter.
No tables are permanently fixed.
No chairs are permanently fixed.
No chairs have armrests.
The nearest table is 27m (29yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
The standard height for tables is 74cm.
There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
Drinking straws are available.
Menus are wall only.
Menus are clearly written.
Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
The type of food served here is hot and cold snacks.
There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
This accessible toilet is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor, off the main corridor to the left.
There is level access to this accessible toilet.
This is a unisex toilet.
A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
The door opens outwards.
The door is locked by a twist lock.
The width of the accessible toilet door is 89cm (2ft 11in).
The door weight is heavy.
The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 190cm x 300cm (6ft 3in x 9ft 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 an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
The emergency pull cord 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 both sides.
There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
There are mirrors.
Mirrors are not 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 a hand dryer.
The hand dryer can be reached from seated on the toilet.
The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
The height of the hand dryer is 110cm (3ft 7in).
There is not a towel dispenser.
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 wash basin.
The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
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 poor.
The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
The lighting levels are bright.
A female standard toilet was surveyed.
The toilet surveyed is located on the ground floor off the main corridor to the right.
There is a male standard toilet in the same location.
There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 18m from the main entrance.
There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.