my research project

Shopping Accessibility

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.

Everyone should be able to access their local shopping centre with ease.

Shopping Centre On Wheels

Example of Video that could be created with a mounted GoPro.
David, I have the GoPro and all the attachments that can be used to mount on a person or wheelchair.

- Donal

My Research IDEA

Building Accessibility

How easy is it to access all areas of the building?

 

Building Maintenance

Do you think that the building looks like it has been well maintained?

 

Toilets

Are there disabled toilets?


My Research FORMS

My Research Findings

Building Accessibility

I looked at the different things that make a building accessibile like if there ramps, lifts working, is there enough wheelchair parking available.

Toilet Rating

Shopping Centres with changing places usually score high in this area. Is the sink at the right height? Are the doors easy to open?

Other Factors

Customer Service, information helps. Signage and other access factors.

Northside Shopping Centre

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Has improved over the years with better access at entrance
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The newly refurbished eating area located upstairs is definitely worth checking out.
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You can find both SuperValu and Dunnes Stores in this shopping Centre.
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Building
3/5
Maintenance
4/5
Toilets
4/5
Overall
2/5

Swords Pavilions Shopping Centre

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Well designed shopping centre with plenty of parking. It can be very busy here at the weekends.
Building
3/5
Maintenance
4/5
Toilets
4/5
Overall
2/5

OMNI Park Shopping Centre

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This is a small enough shopping centre with only one entrance.
Building
3/5
Maintenance
4/5
Toilets
4/5
Overall
2/5

Locations

Northside Shopping Centre

Address: Oscar Traynor Rd, Dublin 17

Website: www.northsideshoppingcentre.ie

Opening date: 1970

 

My review:

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.

 

Swords Pavilions Shopping Centre

Address: Malahide Rd, Swords Demesne, Swords, Co. Dublin

Website: www.pavilions.ie

Opening date: 1991

 

My review:

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.

 

Omni Park Shopping Centre

Address: Swords Rd, Santry, Dublin, D09 HH61

Website: www.omnipark.ie

Opening date: 1991

 

My review:

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.

 

Donaghmede Shopping Centre

Address: Donaghmede Rd, Grange, Donaghmede, Co. Dublin

Website: www.donaghmedesc.com

Opening date: 1973

 

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