Disability Access

Our Grade II listed Edwardian building was not conceived as a fully accessible space. Nevertheless, as a radically inclusive organisation, Stanley Arts continues to strive to make as much of our buildings fully accessible as possible. As we continue fundraising for capital improvements, improving access across the site is at the forefront of our future development plans.

Access Statement

 

Stanley Arts is an arts and performance centre in South Norwood and is part of the historic Stanley Halls complex.  The closest public transport is at Norwood Junction station which is on the Thameslink, Southern and Overground networks. A range of buses run along the High Street as well as up South Norwood Hill past Stanley Arts with a bus stop outside the venue.

The buildings managed under the name Stanley Arts are comprised of an art gallery, a large performance hall (Stanley Hall), two assembly rooms (the Society & the Assembly) and range of small artist studios. The whole complex is part of a Grade II listed Edwardian site.

Listed below are specific access statements for each of our main public spaces.

Stanley Hall 

The buildings are on a hill and the main entrance is through the third door as you are coming up the hill.  The main entrance has three steps up to the doors under the second historic ‘Stanley Hall’ signage.  Once in the entrance there is a lobby with doors to your left into the gallery lobby, doors in front into the main hall, stairs up to the balcony on both left and right sides, and a former ticket booth to your right.

The door straight ahead leads under the balcony of the main space with two toilets on your right.  The toilets are labelled Green and Red. The Green toilet has one urinal and one cubicle, and the Red toilet has two cubicles.  The corridor leads through to the main space which is a large Hall with very high ceilings and balcony at one end and a raised stage at the other. The main Hall, corridor, toilets and lobby are all on one level.

Access for wheelchair users is separate from the main entrance, it is the fifth and final entrance on your right as you are coming up the hill.  This entrance is accessed via a ramp and a set of doors on your right lead into the gallery lobby. The accessible toilet is on the left as you come through this entrance. It is labelled Yellow. Once in the gallery lobby, pass the doors on your left – which lead to the gallery – carry on through the next set of door straight ahead and you will come into the main hall lobby. From here take the double doors on your left to enter the main Stanley Hall.

At the end of January 2021 we expect our disabled stage lift to arrive. This mobile unit will allow disabled people to access the stage in the main hall. The unit requires a second person to operate it.

Gallery 

The buildings are on a hill and the direct entrance to the gallery is through the fourth door as you are coming up the hill.  The entrance has two steps up to the doors.  Once in the entrance there is a lobby with doors to your left into the disabled ramp lobby and disabled toilet, doors in front into the gallery, and doors to your right into the main hall lobby.

The door straight ahead from the gallery lobby leads directly into the gallery.  The gallery is a long rectangular space with an events bar at the far end. There are two sets of doors on the right hand side which take you into the main hall.  The gallery, main hall, toilets and lobby are all on one level.

The door to the right from the gallery lobby leads into the main hall lobby, then past the stairs, and taking the doors to the left will bring you into a corridor under the balcony of the main hall. Here on your right are two sets of toilets. The toilets are labelled Green and Red. The Green toilet has one urinal and one cubicle, and the Red toilet has two cubicles.

Access for wheelchair users is separate from the main entrance, it is the fifth and final entrance on your right as you are coming up the hill.  This entrance is accessed via a ramp and a set of doors on your right lead into the gallery lobby. The accessible toilet is on the left as you come through this entrance. It is labelled Yellow. Once through the door to your right take the next doors to your left from the gallery lobby to enter the gallery. From the gallery there are two sets of double doors on your right that lead to the main Stanley Hall. The gallery, main Stanley Hall and lobbies are all on the same level.

Society Room

The buildings are on a hill and the main entrance for the Society Room is through the first door on the corner as you are coming up the hill.  This entrance has five steps up to the doors under the visible ‘Stanley Halls’ sign. Next to these steps is a separate ramp which will also bring you to the entrance double doors. Once inside the entrance there is a lobby with a room to your left – which is the reception – and a set of double doors directly ahead which take you into the stairwell. Once through these doors, directly in front of you, is a disabled lift that goes down to the Society Room level. To your right is a set of 14 steps that take you down to the Society Room level as well. To your far left is the entrance to a toilet with three urinals and two cubicles. And up to the left is a set of stairs that go up to the Assembly Room.

Coming down to the lower Society Room from the main entrance you will see two double doors that go into the main Society Room, and behind you to your left, by the side of the lift, is a disabled toilet.

An alternative entrance to the Society Room is found towards the bottom of Cumberlow Avenue on the side of the building. This entrance is sometimes used for classes, parties and other uses. This entrance is on the left as you go down Cumberlow Avenue. Over the entrance you will see is written ‘Society Room’ there are two steps up as you come in through this entrance. In the small lobby you will see a set of double doors to your left that takes you into the Society Room and to your right is a small single cubicle toilet.

Access for wheelchair users is through the main corner entrance, the first entrance on your right as you are coming up the hill.  This entrance is accessed via a ramp and leads into a lobby with automatic doors which in turn leads to a disabled lift. This lift brings you down to the Society Room level. The accessible toilet is behind you on the left as you come out of the lift.

Assembly Room

The buildings are on a hill and the main entrance for the Assembly Room is through the first door on the corner as you are coming up the hill.  This entrance has five steps up to the doors under the visible ‘Stanley Halls’ sign. Next to these steps is a separate ramp which will also bring you to the entrance double doors. Once inside the entrance there is a lobby with a room to your left – which is the reception – and a set of double doors directly ahead which take you into the stairwell. Once through these doors, directly in front of you, is a disabled lift that goes down to the Society Room level. To your right is a set of 14 steps that take you down to the Society Room level as well. To your far left is the entrance to a toilet with three urinals and two cubicles. And up to the left is a set of 14 stairs that go up to the Assembly Room.

Coming up to the Assembly Room level, on your left, up a further three stairs, is the entrance to a single small toilet cubicle sitting in the right hand corner of a larger old cloakroom. Alternatively, standing at the top of the main stairs, directly ahead you will see a pair of double doors that take you into the Assembly Room.

In the far corner of the Assembly Room you will see a single door. This leads to a bridge that takes you to the backstage corner of the main stage in the main Stanley Hall.

Access for wheelchair users to the Assembly Room is VERY LIMITED. The only way currently for wheelchair users to access this space is to enter the main Stanley Hall as noted above then to use the stage lift in the main Stanley Hall to get onto stage. Then one goes across the stage to the far right corner, through the double doors on the right, through the single door on the left, over the bridge, up a single step fitted with a small ramp and into the bottom corner of the Assembly Room. Access to this route is dependent on what activity is taking place in the Stanley Hall. There are no accessible toilet facilities close to the Assembly Room. If a wheelchair user needs to access the Assembly Room, they will need to discuss this in advance with Stanley Arts staff.

Scene Dock

The buildings are on a hill and the main entrance for the Scene Dock is through the second door as you are coming up the hill.  This entrance leads to a narrow alley which runs down past some steps on your left, a door on your right, and then down past the entrance of the café which is the second door on your right. Directly ahead there is a small ramp that leads onto the open decking at the back. Across this decking, down one step, and on your left down two more steps is the door way to the Scene Dock. Once through this door there is a small stone landing which leads to a set of ten narrow wooden steps with a handrail on both sides down to the Scene Dock floor. On the far side of the scene dock is a narrow door that leads to a storage room, passing through this room and through the door on your right leads to the bottom of a stairwell. Going up the stairs on your left takes you up to the next landing. Here there is a single cubicle toilet.

Access for wheelchair users is currently not possible for this space.

Social Cafe

The buildings are on a hill and the main entrance for the Social Cafe is through the second door as you are coming up the hill.  This entrance leads to a narrow alley which runs past some steps on your left, a door on your right, and then down to the entrance of the café which is the second door on your right. Directly ahead there is a small ramp that leads onto the open decking at the back. Inside the café the counter is to your right and directly ahead is an open doorway. Through the open doorway the disabled toilet is to your right and the indoor seating area is to your left. From the indoor seating area there is a single door out onto the outdoor deck which is accessed by going down two steps.

Access for wheelchair users is through the alley entrance, the second entrance on your right as you are coming up the hill.  The route down to the café is down a slope. Access into the café, accessible toilet and indoor seating is all on one level through the doors on your second right. To access the decking go back out to the alley and carry on beyond the café entrance, up the small ramp and this will bring you to the decking at the back of the café.

Yard Bar

The buildings are on a hill and the main entrance for the Yard Bar is through the second door as you are coming up the hill.  This entrance leads to a narrow alley which runs down past some steps on your left, a door on your right, and then down past the entrance of the café which is the second door on your right. Directly ahead there is a small ramp that leads onto the open decking at the back. Across this decking, down one step, round to the right and down eight more steps brings you to the level of the Yard. The Yard Bar is on your right, serving through the garage doors. There is a high step to get up to the yard bar counter.

Access for wheelchair users is through the back gates at the bottom left hand corner of Cumberlow Ave which runs along the side of the building. Passing through the outer and inner gates brings you into the yard with the Yard Bar on your left. Access through the back gates is best preorganised with a member of Stanley Arts staff. There are no nearby accessible toilet facilities to the lower yard bar. The nearest accessible toilet requires you to go back out onto Cumberlow Ave, up South Norwood Hill to the main alley entrance, the second door on your right, down the alley and into the café which is the second door on your right. The accessible toilet is past the café counter and on your right.

Co-Working Space

The buildings are on a hill and the main entrance for the Co-Working Space is through the first door on the corner as you are coming up the hill.  This entrance has five steps up to the doors under the visible ‘Stanley Halls’ sign. Next to these steps is a separate ramp which will also bring you to the entrance double doors. Once inside the entrance there is a lobby, turn left and you will see a room to your left – which is the reception. Straight ahead is another single door. Go through this door, you will find yourself at the foot of a set of stairs on your right and with a second door to your left. This is the door to the Co-working Space.

Access for wheelchair users is through the main corner entrance, the first entrance on your right as you are coming up the hill.  This entrance is accessed via a ramp and leads into a lobby which is on the same level as the co-working space. Go through the doors to your left and take the next left at the bottom of the stairs. The nearest accessible toilet is accessed by coming back into the entrance lobby, through the double doors on your left, into the disabled lift directly ahead, down one level, and then as you come out of the lift the disabled toilet is behind you on your left.

 

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