Client: Phoenix Square

Architect: Marsh Grochowski 

The Phoenix web site says the following:-


Wheelchair spaces

Disabled spaces are available in both of our main cinema screens, three are available in Screen 1 and two in Screen 2. Please call the Box Office prior to booking if you require disabled seating.

Toilet & washing facilities

Accessible disabled toilets are situated throughout the building.

Hearing loops

Hearing assistance is available with an infra red system in both Screens 1 & 2 and at payment desks. We also have headsets which are available from the Box Office.

Guide dogs are welcome

Assistance dogs are welcome into our building and auditoria. Special spaces are provided for the comfort of both owners and the dogs themselves; please contact the box office to reserve these spaces. Dog bowls with water and quiet rooms are also available if required.

Baby and parents

Baby changing facilities are available as well as high chairs, baby food and bottle warmers.

Disabled parking

Free Disabled parking available at the front of the building

Phoenix takes a very positive approach to disability.  Their web site says:-

Film festival puts spotlight on disability.

A ONE-DAY festival of film at Phoenix Square marked the International Day of Disabled People on Friday 3rd December 2011.

Leicester’s independent cinema screened three films throughout the day, each featuring disability as its theme or made entirely by people with disabilities.

Starting off at 11.30am was ‘The Best of Oska Bright’ – the first ever screening of the best films made by people with learning difficulties at the Brighton-based film project.

At 2pm, was a selection of short films from around the world, followed by a free screening of ‘Raspberry Ripple’ at 4pm.  The BBC-produced film featured John Gordon Sinclair as a young man confined to a wheelchair who escapes reality by dreaming about American gangster movies.  Admission to ‘Raspberry Ripple’ was free of charge, while tickets for the other films were £4.

The 1st UK Disability Film Festival Day was organised by the UK’s leading disability arts and media organisations DASH, supported by ScreenWM, Oska Bright, the Media Archive for Central England (MACE), The Eveson Charitable Trust, The Elmley Foundation and the BBC.

Screenings took place simultaneously in venues across the country.

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access consultant and architect

access consultant

Phoenix Square


On completion and opening, Leicester Digital Media Centre (please see our web page at LDMC) became known as Phoenix Square - a mixed use development occupying a city block.  Uses include a three screen digital media facility, digital gallery, screen lounge, cafe/bar, offices, education spaces, creative workplaces and studios, live/work accommodation and apartments).  Accessibility is not just about the physical environment, but relies just as much on the management of the facility and service delivery, and on staff attitudes and disability awareness training.

Ian Hill access was appointed to develop the access management plan, working with management and users to ensure that the facility is managed in an accessible manner.  A series of meetings were undertaken and the Access Management Plan developed, focusing on achievable policies procedures and practices