Access Statement For Barford House

Introduction:

This page should help anyone with mobility limitations decide whether Barford House Apartments would be suitable for them.

Being a small establishment, we have the flexibility to help in whatever way possible, and extend the offer of assistance to all our guests to ensure they have a safe enjoyable stay.

Arrival & Car Parking Facilities

Parking:
Our four-space private car park located at the front of Barford House is free for the use of our resident guests only. All spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis. However, we are able to make provision for reserved space
should a guest be unable to walk unaided.
Please note: our private parking does not allow for the full opening of car doors and during busy times will not facilitate
wheelchair access between vehicles without cooperation of other parking users.

We politely ask users of our parking facilities to park considerately at all times. Barford House is not obliged to provide parking, and it is our Guests’ responsibility to make alternative arrangements adequate to their needs should there be insufficient space at any time. Cars can be parked outside Barford House on the road; there are no parking restrictions in place.

Assistance:
As resident proprietors, we have the flexibility to assist our guests in need upon arrival with parking, luggage, mobility aids and personal guidance.

Hotel Approach:
The approach to Barford House is across a block paving car parking area which is in good condition and safe underfoot. We regret that the elevation of the main building prevents us from installing an access ramp of sufficiently shallow gradient to be practicable. The hotel telephone number is clearly displayed on our outdoor signage should the need for assistance be realised upon arrival.

External Lighting:
Avondale Road enjoys Council-operated street lighting that provides illumination. The car park is illuminated from dusk till dawn with exterior lighting which runs the length of the car park. External signage is illuminated.

Main Entrance
Access to Barford House is found to the front of the property and entrance is gained by means of a few steps leading directly from the private car parking area. The steps are of non-slip contour tile surface.

Maximum rise: (6 inches)
Minimum pitch: (53 inches)

Wrought iron hand rails line the steps on either side. There are grab rails on either side of the porch doors. Our front door is locked at all times, and guests are provided with a key for 24 hour access. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed by myself and introduced to both facilities and accommodation. The ground floor area is of universal level and carpeted
throughout. Seating is available in the hallway. Lighting is individual and varied. Chandeliers, standard and table lamps form the basis of our lighting throughout Barford House.

Public areas are continually illuminated. In line with a commitment to reduce waste, low wattage energy saving light
bulbs are used in the majority of lighting appliances. One ground floor two bedroom apartment is located at the front
of the building. Access to floors one and two is by carpeted tread and closed rise stairs.

Maximum rise: 19cm (7.5 inches)
Minimum pitch: 25cm (10 inches)

Wooden spindle handrail to one side Access to the Garden Apartment is through a separate entrance at the side of the building. The porch door is suitable for wheelchair access (33 inches) The garden apartment front door measures (30 inches)

Garden Apartment Approach:
Approach is across the car park, down the side of the house. There are two steps down to the porch.

Maximum rise: (10 inches)
Maximum Pitch (12 inches)

Public areas – Hallways/Landings:
Reflecting our styling, lighting is individual and varied. Chandeliers, standard and table lamps form the basis of our
lighting throughout Barford House. Hallways and landing lighting is switched on as required by guests.

Emergency Procedures:
Evacuation routes are clearly defined throughout the property and procedures detailed within each guest room.
Guests in need of aid will be given priority assistance in times of emergency. The whole building is fitted with fire sensor, audible alarm siren plus an Aqua mist sprinkler system. Guests travelling alone with hearing difficulties are advised to inform the proprietor.

Additional Information

Barford House can provide a wheelchair free of charge which must be booked. We can provide a bed rail for elderly guests who require assistance getting out of bed. Our ground floor apartment now boasts a large walk in shower
with the benefit of a shower chair. All bathrooms have a grab rail on the wall.

Shop mobility link:
Tulketh Street, Southport PR8 1AN
Telephone: 01704 546654/500996.
Fax: 01704 501506
Email: southportshopmobility@btopenworld.com
Web: www.southportshopmobility.co.uk

Public WCs:

Accessible toilets are located around Southport. The nearest are:

15 minutes’ walk away on The Promenade (24hrs)

Taxi services:

Wheelchair capacity taxis for local journeys are available from:

Coastal Taxis (telephone 07860 776338) pre-bookable
Central Cabs (telephone 0800 544414) not pre-bookable

Taxi services for travel to and from airports/ferry terminals/Liverpool, Preston and Chester railway stations

Travel 2000 01704 560011

Bus services:

Arriva North West
Green Lane, Stoneycroft, Liverpool L13 7HS
Telephone: 0151 282 8301
Web: www.arrivabus.co.uk

Rail services:

National Rail Enquiries
Telephone: 08457 484950
Web: www.nationalrail.com

Future Plans:

As our refurbishment is on-going, we will endeavour to incorporate facilities, signage, materials, services and
information that continue to make Barford House the appropriate choice for all guests.

Contact Information

Proprietors: Pauline & Kevin Morris
Address: 55 Avondale Road
Southport
Merseyside
PR9 0ND
Telephone: +44 (0)1704 548119
Mobile: 07535 755754
Email: Pauline@barfordhouse.co.uk
Web: www.barfordhouse.co.uk