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PICA Building ~ DCA

PICA Building

Telephone: (08) 9228 6300

A summary of accessibility

The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts at the Perth Cultural Centre, has no particular access problems for people who use a wheelchair or who have an ambulant disability where climbing stairs is difficult. The main entrance foyer has a lift leading to the reception area and exhibition spaces on all floors.
All floors are accessible by lift. The performance space has a wheelchair lift.
Public transport and accessible parking are close to the venue. Accessible toilet facilities are available.

Assistance available

There is assistance available at this venue.

Public transport (Transperth's online journey planner)

There are bus stops along Beaufort Street. There is a CAT bus to this venue which stops on William Street (Alexander Library stop). The bus stop is accessible.
The nearest train station is Perth. The path from the train station to this venue is wheelchair accessible.
There is a set down / pick up point off William Street suitable for cars, taxis, maxi taxis and small buses.

Parking

There are seven accessible parking bays at the State Library car park. The bays are wide and even. The bays are clearly identified and people using these bays must display a current ACROD parking permit.

Approach to the building

The path from the accessible parking bay, to the front door is wide and even, and about 100 - 200 metres long. The pathway is lit for night use.
The path from the bus stop to the front door is wide and even, and about 100 metres long. The pathway is lit for night use.
The path from the set-down area to the front door is wide and even. The pathway is lit for night use.
Signage to the building is clear to read during both day and night.
There are steps between the Perth train station and the venue, however, a ramp is in situ. This ramp is slightly too steep and does not provide adequate landing space.
There are directional tactile ground surface indicators at the end of the overpass from the train station leading to the entrance of the State Library. They do not provide any indication of the steps and ramp leading to this venue.

Main entrance

Doors are automatic opening during opening hours. There is a lift on the left of the entrance foyer.
The lift accesses all floors

Foyer, corridors and general areas

There is sufficient circulation space to move through all essential areas of the venue, except space is tight in the cafe area.

Lifts

A lift accesses all floors. Access down to the performance space is via a wheelchair lift.

Exhibition area

There is sufficient circulation space to move through the exhibition area.
Exhibition pieces are at an appropriate position for viewing from a wheelchair.
Seating may be available within the exhibition space.
Written information is generally available in one font size only.

Theatre areas

Access from the reception area to the performance space is via a wheelchair lift. There is another accessible entrance via the western portico but this requires advance notice as it is an emergency exit and not commonly used for public access.
There is sufficient circulation space to move through the theatre area.
There is room for wheelchair seating at the front of the seating bank.
Seats in the theatre are medium backed, firm, and have no arms.
There are numbers on seats.
Emergency dxits are accessible. Staff are trained in emergency procedures.

Toilets

There are wheelchair accessible toilet facilities near the cafe area. There is also a unisex wheelchair accessible toilet on the first floor. The toilets comply with Australian Standards, except the ground floor basin is located too close to the pan. This means that some people who transfer from the front may have difficulty accessing this toilet.
Also, the ground floor toilets are not signed with the international symbol of access. The lock on the cubicle door may be difficult to use for some as it is difficult to line the door up with the lock.