Sports Centre

University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NL

01227 827 430

sports-staff@kent.ac.uk

www.kent.ac.uk/sports

Guide Last Updated: 09/03/2017

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Access Guide

  • Services / facilities within the building include 3 sports halls, split level fitness suite, 2 dance studios, squash courts and a cafe.

  • Monday 09:00 - 22:30.

  • Tuesday 09:00 - 22:30.

  • Wednesday 09:00 - 22:30.

  • Thursday 09:00 - 22:30.

  • Friday 09:00 - 22:30.

  • Saturday 09:00 - 17:30.

  • Sunday 10:00 - 17:30.

  • Monday 07:30 - 22:00.

  • Tuesday 07:30 - 22:00.

  • Wednesday 07:30 - 22:00.

  • Thursday 07:30 - 22:00.

  • Friday 07:30 - 22:00.

  • Saturday 09:00 - 17:15.

  • Sunday 10:00 - 17:15.

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

  • This venue is situated in Canterbury.

  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.

  • The nearest mainline station is Canterbury West.

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

  • The venue does have its own car park.

  • Parking is not free for all users.

  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.

  • The car park is to the side and rear of the building.

  • 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 2 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 250cm x 480cm (8ft 2in x 15ft 9in).

  • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.

  • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 30m (32yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

  • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 35m (38yd 10in) from the main entrance.

  • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.

  • The car park surface is tarmac.

  • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.

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

  • There is a designated drop off point.

  • The drop off point is located at the front of the building.

  • There is a dropped kerb from the drop off point.

  • There is not tactile paving on the dropped kerb.

  • The 2nd photograph shows the route to the entrance from the designated parking bays.

  • Blue Badge holders may park for free in any bay in the public car park.

  • Other standard bays are pay and display or a university Pink or Blue permit is required.

  • For more details of parking, please see the University website parking pages.

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

  • There is level access into the venue.

  • The main doors open automatically.

  • The doors are double width.

  • The door opening is 168cm (5ft) wide.

  • There is a second set of doors.

  • The doors open automatically.

  • The doors are double width.

  • The door opening is 168cm (5ft) wide.

  • Only one of door of each set opens automatically, leaving gaps of 84cm.

  • The automatic doors are push pad operated.

  • There are 2cm thresholds in both doorways.

  • The reception desk is 4m (13ft 1in) from the main entrance.

  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.

  • The reception desk is high height.

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • The desk has a lowered section.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

  • Staff are trained to use system.

  • There is not level access to the service(s).

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The system is a fixed loop.

  • Staff are trained to use the system.

  • This venue does play background music.

  • Music is played in the foyer, fitness suite and changing rooms.

  • The lighting levels are varied.

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

  • The pictures show the new sports hall and one of the dance studios.

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.

  • The ramp or slope is located from the main first floor level towards the rear of the building.

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting level is medium.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps have a handrail on both sides.

  • There is a landing.

  • There is a further similar set of stairs at the rear of the building, leading from the ground floor corridor to the dance studios.

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located at the rear of the foyer behind reception.

  • 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 17m (18yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.

  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 140cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 7in).

  • 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 low.

  • The fitness suite is located in two linked areas on the ground and first floors. There are entrances on both levels.

  • The fitness suite is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • There is level access to the fitness suite.

  • Level access is by lift.

  • There are doors into the fitness suite.

  • The doors open automatically.

  • The doors are double.

  • The opening is 150cm (4ft 11in) wide.

  • Staff receive no training in assisting disabled people.

  • A portable hearing loop is not available for induction.

  • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.

  • There is not level access to all of the equipment.

  • Both entrances have power assisted doors, operated by pushpad.

  • The first floor entrance is 5m from the lift.

  • Within the ground floor fitness suite are the two physiotherapy / treatment rooms.

  • Equipment that may be suitable for people with disabilities includes free weights and a hand crank bike.

  • There are steps to access this area / service.

  • The steps are located from the main weights studio into 'the pit'.

  • There is / are 3 step(s) to the area / service.

  • Lighting levels at the steps are medium.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

  • The reception desk is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the ground floor fitness suite entrance.

  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.

  • The reception desk is high height.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • The desk has a lowered section.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G - 1, within the fitness suite.

  • There are 18 steps between floors.

  • The lighting level is bright.

  • The steps are not clearly marked.

  • The steps are deep.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps have a handrail on both sides.

  • There is a landing.

  • The main lift in the foyer overcomes these stairs.

  • The following information is for the cafe.

  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.

  • Full table service is not available.

  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.

  • Food or drinks cannot be brought to the table.

  • There is not a lowered section at the service counter.

  • No tables are permanently fixed.

  • No chairs are permanently fixed.

  • No chairs have armrests.

  • The nearest table is 11m (12yd 1in) from the main entrance.

  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 72cm (2ft).

  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 72cm (2ft).

  • The type of food served here is hot and cold snacks.

  • Staff inform people as to what food is available.

  • There are also vending machines available.

  • Monday 09:00 - 16:00.

  • Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00.

  • Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00.

  • Thursday 09:00 - 16:00.

  • Friday 09:00 - 16:00.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

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

  • There is Braille and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 22m (24yd 2in) from the main entrance.

  • This accessible toilet is located off the main corridor, at the rear of the foyer behind reception.

  • 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 inwards.

  • The door is locked by a lever twist.

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

  • The door is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 200cm x 290cm (6ft 7in x 9ft 6in).

  • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space 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 130cm (4ft 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 not fully functional.

  • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.

  • There is a/are female sanitary and clinical waste disposal units.

  • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).

  • Wall-mounted grab 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 is not a mirror.

  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (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 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • The height of the toilet roll holder is 105cm (3ft 5in).

  • 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 wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.

  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) 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.

  • Additional accessible toilet cubicles are available-:

  • -in the standard changing rooms

  • -near to sports hall 3, at the rear of the ground floor (photograph 3)

  • -off the foyer cafe area (with the transfer space on the left)

  • -in the first floor corridor, 30m from the dance studio.

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.

  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the accessible toilet.

  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head and a flip down seat.

  • The height of the seat is 58cm (1ft 11in).

  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

  • There is also a flip down seat for changing, to the right of the toilet.

  • This seat is 56cm high.

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.

  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.

  • The height of the seat is 49cm (1ft 7in).

  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

  • There are standard changing rooms available.

  • The standard changing rooms are located in the main ground floor corridor.

  • The standard changing room is 35m (38yd 10in) from the main entrance.

  • The standard changing room is 30m (32yd 2ft) from the reception desk.

  • The standard changing room is 15m (16yd 15in) from the the main sports hall.

  • There is level access to the standard changing rooms.

  • There is a flip down seat (height 49cm) with wall mounted and drop down rails in the standard changing rooms.

  • There are additional standard changing rooms at the rear of the building near to hall 3.

  • There are standard level access shower facilities available.

  • The showers are located in the standard changing rooms.

  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

  • There are also standard level access shower cubicles in the standard changing rooms near to hall 3, at the rear of the ground floor.

  • Standard toilets are available.

  • The female and male toilets are located in the corridor at the rear of the foyer.

  • The female and male toilets are 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • Baby change facilities are not located within the venue.

  • Additional standard toilets are available in the standard changing rooms, near to hall 3 and in the first floor corridor.

  • Staff do not 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 normally on duty.

  • This service can be requested.