Leisure Centre Accessability

Ensuring equal access at the new Selby Leisure Centre

SDDF worked closely with the planning team for the new leisure centre in Selby.  As you can see, the check list was very detailed!  This checklist has been shared within the North Yorkshire Council to enable other groups like ours, work with other new building projects.

Selby District Disability Forum

Leisure Centre access audit

Interior of building

 Horizon pool essential. Access with sloping incline and

shallow steps with stifles and support bars on left and right.

 Wide internal doors and lifts for electric wheelchairs and

mobility scooters.

 Standard wheelchairs available to take users to changing

rooms and leisure facilities.

 Hoist is provided.

 Signage. Not just aesthetically pleasing but visually receptive.

 (i.e. black print on yellow/white background. ) Pictorial.

 Disabled changing facilities with room for manoeuvrability

and for carer if needed.

 Support bars in changing areas, regular changing booths.

 with appropriate seating for changing.

 Seating placed around public reception areas for pain

sufferers, tired parents and elderly people to rest.

 Disabled toilet bowls accessible on left and right as people

may have paralysis or limited movement on either side.

 A minimum of one urinal with support bars.

 Partial low level counter at reception.

 Low level drinking fonts.

 Disabled toilets have stippled floor tiles.

 Make notices in toilets and public information notices in large

print and visually enhanced.

 Reference point in entrance lobby with directional signage for

 Disabled access and information services. (i.e. Disabled

facilities, reception, etc….)

 Red chord alarm reachable on either side of toilet and basin.

 Areas in communal and disabled-specific facilities open

enough for wheelchair manoeuvrability.

 Accessible lockers at correct height

 Public address system that can also be used to announce

events etc… (This can also help those with literacy problems)

 Wide doors into group/family changing booths for disabled

family/group Members therefore avoiding isolating people.

 Shower seats

 Evac chairs

Exterior of site should be considered

 Parking bays around main entrance and not running in a line

away from the main entrance. Have effective signs to prevent

spaces being taken.

 Have Mobility Scooter shelter outside

 External dropped kerbs

 Separately marked wheelchair route across car parks

 Wide external doors for electric wheelchairs and mobility

scooters.