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Spectrum Bar and Cafe

Park Plaza London County Hall - Ground Floor, 1 Addington Street, Lambeth, London , SE1 7RY

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Introduction - Spectrum Bar and Cafe

  • The Spectrum Bar and Café is located on the ground floor of the Park Plaza County Hall.

Getting Here

Parking

  • Parking View
    • The venue does have its own limited parking facilities.
    • The car parking facilities are for Blue Badge holders only.
    • The car park is located at the side and rear of the building, for Blue Badge holders only.
    • The car park type is sheltered.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park does not have a barrier control system.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are signposted but have no markings.
    • There is not a 120cm hatched zone around the Blue Badge parking bay(s).
    • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are not available.
    • All parking spaces are provided on a first come first served basis.
  • Paying View
    • There are no parking charges for the car park.
  • Access from the Car Park View
    • 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 dropped kerbs.
    • The entrance is not clearly visible from the car park.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is not clearly signposted.
    • The surface on the approach to the entrance is tarmac and concrete tiles.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • There is no tactile paving on dropped kerbs between the car park and the entrance.
  • Drop-off Point(s) View
    • There is a/are clearly marked drop-off point(s).
    • The drop-off points(s) is/are located to the left of the main entrance, reached from the service road to the rear of the building.
    • The route from the drop-off point(s) to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is/are dropped kerbs.
    • There is no tactile paving on dropped kerbs between the drop-off point(s) and the entrance.
  • Comments View
    • Guests are advised to notify the hotel in advance of the need for Blue Badge parking.
    • The parking area is located off the service vehicle access to the right of the hotel, which runs around the rear of the building.
    • Concierge staff will direct staff to a suitable parking space.
    • At the time of our visit (January 2019) some of the parking area was being used for construction materials.
    • There is usually space for about 7 guest vehicles for Blue Badge holders.
    • The drop off point is at the end of the service road.
    • It can be used by taxis as well as private vehicles.
    • There is a pay and display car park on Leake Street, off York Road.
    • This is around a 5 minute walk from the venue.

South Bank Public Car Parks

  • This section provides information about a number of public cars parks around South Bank.
    For more information about access and parking charges please visit the individual car parks.
    South Bank is located in the congestion charging zone.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located under the colonnade on Addison Road, either side of the revolving doors.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The main automatic door(s) is/are push pad or push button activated.
    • The push pad or push button is 100cm from floor level.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 89cm.
  • Comments View
    • There is a set of revolving doors located between the accessible entrances.
    • The revolving doors are 140cm wide.
    • There is a second accessible door to the right of the revolving door (shown in photograph 4).
    • This door may be kept locked in cold weather.
    • There are always staff on duty to assist at the entrance.

Eating and Drinking (Ground Floor - Spectrum Bar and Café)

  • The following information is for the café/bar.
  • The café/bar is located on the ground floor, to the right of the entrance foyer.
  • There is step-free access to the café/bar.
  • Full table service is available.
  • Food and/or drinks can be ordered from the service counter.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • There is step-free access within the café/bar.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • This area does play background music.
  • The type of flooring in this area is carpet and tiles.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests on both sides.
  • The nearest table is approximately 3m from the entrance/opening.
  • The nearest table is approximately 5m from the till/counter.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 45cm.
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 110cm.
  • The standard height for tables is 70cm.
  • Plastic/takeaway cups are not available.
  • Plastic/takeaway cutlery is not available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Children are welcomed in the bar area.
  • There are hand held menus available.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • The lighting levels are adjustable.
  • Comments View
    • There are also some external tables and chairs under the colonnade, to the right of the main entrance.

Other Floors (Foyer Stairs - Lower Ground to Mezzanine)

  • Stairs View
    • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
    • The stairs are located to the right as you enter the foyer.
    • The stairs are approximately 5m from the main entrances.
    • The stairs are clearly visible from the entrance.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG, G and M.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a landing.
    • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels at the steps are good.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 1 and 2 show the stairs from the foyer to mezzanine level.
    • Photographs 3 and 4 show the stairs at lower ground level.

Lift (Foyer/Atrium - Standard Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right of the entrance foyer, opposite reception.
  • The lift is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the entrances.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG, G, M, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do not contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is good.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is poor.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 120cm x 238cm (3ft 11in x 7ft 10in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is not a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The internal controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.
  • There is a/are similar lift(s) available.
  • Comments View
    • There are three identical lifts in this location.
    • The rear wall of the lifts are glass, which give views over the atrium on the upper floors.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Mezzanine Level)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The accessible toilet surveyed is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the toilet area to the right as you exit the foyer/atrium lifts on level M.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the foyer/atrium lifts.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 217cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 1in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The toilet has not got a non-slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a waste bin.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not an emergency alarm.
    • There is a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary, non-infectious waste and open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 140cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • Taps have clear markings to indicate hot and cold settings.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 108cm.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 135cm (4ft 5in).
    • 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).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The baby change table is not set against the wall, permanently fixed at 75cm from the floor.
    • The baby change table is not height adjustable.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • Comments View
    • Although there is an alarm installed, the pull cord was missing at the time of our visit (January 2019).

Standard Toilet(s) (Mezzanine Level)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the right as you exit the atrium lifts on the mezzanine level.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the atrium lifts.
    • There is step-free access to the female and male toilet(s).
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • There is not a lowered urinal in the male toilet(s).
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is available.
    • The vertical and horizontal grab rails vary.
    • There is not a lowered wash basin.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is sensor.
    • There is a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • The baby change table is set against the wall, permanently fixed at 75cm from the floor.