by David Geraghty, Researcher
My Research Project is about rating the accessibility of shopping centres in my local area. I have decided to do this research after completing the Looking Ahead Research Project last year.
This new research project of mine will involve me having to visit different shopping centres and determining their level of accessibility. You see I have lots of knowledge of working in the retail industry having done so for many years.
How easy is it to access all areas of the building?
Do you think that the building looks like it has been well maintained?
Are there disabled toilets?
I looked at the different things that make a building accessibile like if there ramps, lifts working, is there enough wheelchair parking available.
Shopping Centres with changing places usually score high in this area. Is the sink at the right height? Are the doors easy to open?
Customer Service, information helps. Signage and other access factors.
Address: Oscar Traynor Rd, Dublin 17
Opening date: 1970
I went to Northside Shopping Centre in May 2022. I live nearby so it only takes me 10 minutes to walk there.
This year Northside Shopping Centre is celebrating 50 years since opening. Everyone knows me to see and the staff are very friendly.
Address: Malahide Rd, Swords Demesne, Swords, Co. Dublin
Opening date: 1991
At the start of June 2022, a group of my friends went to visit Swords Pavilions Shopping Centre. It has a good entrance with very wide automatic doors. It feels still modern with lots of light inside.
We went around this shopping centre and looked at how accessible it was. It was a very productive day and we finished our research off in a coffee shop.
I really like this shopping centre.
Address: Swords Rd, Santry, Dublin, D09 HH61
Opening date: 1991
I visited the Omni Park Shopping Centre in June 2021. I found the centre to be accessibility very good and very good for visually impaired people. I found the toilet to be very good and all the shops inside and outside were visible and clean looking.