Easily accessible for all visitors
Listed buildings can often pose difficulties for those with limited mobility or other disabilities. When The Roundhouse at Derby was refurbished and restored to its former glory, one of the key requirements was that the design scheme should create an environment that is easily accessible by everyone.
This has certainly been achieved. Level thresholds, lift access to all rooms and floors, and a colour and signage scheme that provides easy navigation for the partially and non-sighted have all been incorporated.
- Accessibility to the site was carefully considered too, with pedestrian access routes at each corner, minimising travel distances
- A new public footpath and cycleway linking Roundhouse Road to Pride Parkway has been built, improving sustainable and accessible travel links
- Raised lawns are wheel chair accessible so that everyone can access the landscaped areas
- Disabled parking spaces are located suitably close to their respective entrances
- A compound for guide dogs has been built which provides for exercise, feeding, drinking and latrine requirements
- Raised kerbs at the bus stops reduce the step up or down onto buses
- Textured pavement tells partial or non-sighted users of changes in surface or vehicle priority
- Hearing loop systems at key points - lecture rooms, reception desks and so on - provide for hearing impaired users
- Disabled shower rooms with changing facilities and hoists have been provided
- Signage is generally pictograms, raised and textured where accessible, to give simple and intuitive navigation to non-English speaking visitors
We are now able to provide BSL/English interpreters for your event. If you know that you will have deaf people attending, or even if it is just a possibility, you may like to utilise this service provided by Deaf Access at Derby College, at reasonable rates. For further information, please contact Deaf Access direct on 01332 387490.