Richard Hoggart Building

Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW

020 7919 7171

admissions@gold.ac.uk

www.gold.ac.uk

Guide Last Updated: 29/11/2017

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Access Guide

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Great Hall, the Small Hall/Cinema, lecture and teaching rooms, the Department of History, the Department of Music, the Department of Art, the Student Centre, Student Services and the Disability Team, Course Enquiries, multi faith prayer rooms, the refectory, Loafers Cafe, staff dining room and the Student Union Shop.

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the area.

  • This venue is situated in New Cross.

  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.

  • The nearest National Rail station is New Cross/ New Cross Gate.

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

  • The venue does have its own car park.

  • Parking is not free for all users.

  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.

  • The car park is located at the rear of the venue.

  • The car park type is open air/surface.

  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.

  • There is/are 1 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 350cm x 400cm (11ft 6in x 13ft 1in).

  • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 38m (41yd 1ft) from the rear entrance.

  • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.

  • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.

  • The car park surface is tarmac.

  • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.

  • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.

  • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.

  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

  • Parking is very limited on the Goldsmiths campus. There are a number of designated bays for Blue Badge holders reserved for current staff and students with mobility needs.

  • There are 2 on-street Blue Badge bays on Dixon Road, to the right of the Richard Hoggart Building, approximately 40m from the main entrance gate.

  • Visitors requiring parking should contact the college at least 48 hours in advance.

  • This information is for the entrance located at the centre front of the building entrance courtyard, on Lewisham Way.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.

  • The width of the door opening is 170cm (5ft 7in).

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.

  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the gate.

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

  • Lewisham Way has a moderate slope in both directions leading to this gate.

  • There are alternative entrances into the entrance courtyard from Lewisham Way and Dixon Road.

  • These involve steep ramps or 13+ medium, unmarked steps (pictures 2 and 3).

  • This information is for the entrance located at the centre front of the building.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main door(s) open automatically.

  • The doors are double width.

  • The door opening is 132cm (4ft 4in) wide.

  • There is a second set of doors.

  • The door(s) open automatically.

  • The doors are double width.

  • The door opening is 152cm (4ft 12in) wide.

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.

  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).

  • The ramp/slope is located to the left after the main entrance gate.

  • The ramp/slope is moderate.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

  • The ramp does not have handrails.

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.

  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the main entrance.

  • There is/are 3 step(s) to the area/service.

  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).

  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).

  • The handrail(s) is/are in the centre.

  • The surface of the courtyard and main sloping path is compacted stone chippings.

  • There is also a moderate slope straight ahead in the courtyard after the main entrance gate leading up to the steps.

  • There are additional sloping paths to the left of the courtyard which are shorter and steeper.

  • These have a bark chipping surface.

  • There are alternative steps to the right of the courtyard.

  • This route takes 9 medium unmarked steps to the main entrance.

  • There are no handrails to these steps.

  • From the terrace area in front of the entrance doors there is an unprotected drop of about 45cm to either side of the central steps.

  • There are tactile studs to warn of this drop.

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building, off College Green.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main door(s) open towards you (pull).

  • The doors are double width.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The door opening is 144cm (4ft 9in) wide.

  • There are 2 similar entrances at the rear of the building.

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.

  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

  • There are steps to access this area / service.

  • The steps are located just inside the entrance.

  • There is / are 3 step(s) to the area / service.

  • Lighting levels at the steps are medium.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • There is also a moderate ramp, 93cm wide, with a handrail on the left hand side going up, just inside the entrance which overcomes the steps.

  • The details here are for the entrance on the far side of College Green from the George Wood Theatre.

  • The entrance next to the theatre has 4 steps and a steep ramp just inside.

  • The desk is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • The reception desk is medium height.

  • The desk has a low (76cm or lower) section.

  • The desk is generally staffed.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

  • Staff are trained to use the system.

  • The reception is to the right after the second set of doors.

  • There is some seating opposite the reception desk and on the opposite side of the entrance foyer.

  • The seating near the desk has armrests.

  • There is not level access to the service.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • This venue does play background music/noise.

  • Music/noise is played in the refectory.

  • The lighting levels are varied.

  • Photograph 1 shows the Great Hall, located on the ground floor, just inside the main entrance.

  • All lecture theatres in the building have areas accessible to wheelchair users, but not necessarily designated spaces.

  • Designated spaces have been added to rooms 137 and 144.

  • Photograph 2 shows the computer lab, room 306.

  • The internal doors in the ground floor corridors are held open by magnetic door holders.

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.

  • The ramp/slope is located in the corridors on the left of the building.

  • The ramp/slope is moderate.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • The ramps are located towards the rear of the ground and first floors.

  • There are also easy and moderate ramps throughout the building.

  • There are steps to access this area / service.

  • The steps are located either side of the stage.

  • There is / are 5 step(s) to the area / service.

  • The steps are not clearly marked.

  • The steps are deep.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The reception desk is 49m (54yd) from the main entrance.

  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.

  • The reception desk is low height.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • The Student Centre is located on the left hand side of the building, on the ground floor.

  • Monday 10:00 - 16:00.

  • Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00.

  • Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00.

  • Thursday 10:00 - 16:00.

  • Friday 10:00 - 16:00.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2.

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting level is medium.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.

  • There is a landing.

  • Stairs A are located by lift 1, in the front left hand corner of the building.

  • Stairs B are located in the centre of the left hand side of the building, and have the handrail on the left hand side going up (shown in photograph 2).

  • There are similar stairs throughout the building. The stairs at the rear of the building access the upper and lower first floor.

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located to the left of the main entrance as you enter.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2.

  • The lift is 22m (24yd) from main entrance.

  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.

  • The dimensions of the lift are 107cm x 129cm (3ft 6in x 4ft 3in).

  • The clear door width is 76cm (2ft 6in).

  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.

  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.

  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.

  • The lift does have an audible announcer.

  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.

  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.

  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.

  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

  • The lift is located on the right of the building, towards the rear.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-L1-U1-2.

  • The lift is 89m (97yd) from main entrance.

  • The dimensions of the lift are 101cm x 140cm (3ft 4in x 4ft 7in).

  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).

  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.

  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.

  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.

  • The lift does have an audible announcer.

  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.

  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.

  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.

  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

  • L1 is the main part of the first floor.

  • U1 is the first floor of the Music Department, overcoming the steps.

  • Lift 2 is similar to this, and is located at the rear of the building on the left hand side.

  • It accesses the lower and upper first floors.

  • There are steps to access this area / service.

  • The steps are located next to lift 3.

  • There is / are 4 step(s) to the area / service.

  • Lighting levels at the steps are medium.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are deep.

  • The steps do not have handrails.

  • These steps lead to the Music Department rooms on the first floor, and can be overcome using lift 3.

  • There are also 6 medium steps, not clearly marked, just past lift 3, leading to the upper first floor rooms at the rear of the building.

  • There is a platform lift available to overcome these steps.

  • The upper first floor can also be accessed via lift 2.

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located on the steps towards the rear of the building.

  • The lift is a platform lift.

  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.

  • The lift is 12m (13yd) from lift 3.

  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.

  • The dimensions of the lift are 90cm x 110cm (2ft 11in x 3ft 7in).

  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.

  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.

  • The step(s) is / are located by Stairs A.

  • There is / are 6 step(s) to the area / service.

  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.

  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is / are deep.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps lead to Room 303.

  • Room 305 is accessed by 7 steps, and the second floor art studio is accessed by 5 steps.

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.

  • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).

  • The ramp or slope is located off the second floor corridor, opposite room 308.

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.

  • The ramp does have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

  • The width of the ramp or slope is 112cm (3ft 8in).

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.

  • The step(s) is / are located opposite stair F.

  • There is / are 4 step(s) to the area / service.

  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.

  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is / are deep.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on the right going up.

  • After the first ramp or steps there is a short easy ramp immediately outside the room entrance.

  • This ramp has a handrail to the right going up.

  • This ramp overcomes a single shallow step.

  • The following information is for the refectory.

  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.

  • Food or drinks are ordered from the counter.

  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.

  • There is not a lowered section at the service counter.

  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.

  • Some tables are permanently fixed.

  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.

  • Some chairs have armrests.

  • The nearest table is 60m (65yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 66cm (2ft 2in).

  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 73cm (2ft 5in).

  • Menus are wall only.

  • Menus are not available in Braille.

  • Menus are not available in large print.

  • Picture menus are not available.

  • Menus are clearly written.

  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.

  • The type of food served here is main meals and snacks.

  • The refectory contains a main serving area, shown in photograph 1.

  • Hot food and main meals are served here at lunchtime.

  • It also contains Tastte Coffee Counter, selling sandwiches and snacks.

  • Monday 12:00 - 14:30.

  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:30.

  • Wednesday 08:30 - 10:30.

  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:30.

  • Friday 12:00 - 14:30.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • The following information is for the cafe.

  • Once inside, there is not level access to the service.

  • No tables are permanently fixed.

  • No chairs are permanently fixed.

  • No chairs have armrests.

  • The nearest table is 68m (74yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 72cm (2ft 4in).

  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 106cm (3ft 6in).

  • Menus are wall only.

  • Menus are not available in Braille.

  • Menus are not available in large print.

  • Picture menus are not available.

  • Menus are clearly written.

  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.

  • The type of food served here is sandwiches, hot and cold snacks.

  • Loafers Cafe is located on the ground floor, on the right hand side of the building.

  • There is also a Costa Coffee counter next to Loafers, just off the main corridor.

  • Monday 08:30 - 20:30..

  • Tuesday 08:30 - 20:30..

  • Wednesday 08:30 - 20:30..

  • Thursday 08:30 - 20:30..

  • Friday 08:30 - 18:00..

  • Saturday 10:00 - 14:00..

  • Sunday Closed.

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.

  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).

  • The ramp/slope is located in the corridor to the side of the cafe.

  • The ramp/slope is moderate.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.

  • The step(s) is/are located within the cafe.

  • There is/are 2 step(s) to the area/service.

  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.

  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).

  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).

  • The ramp leads to the Small Hall/cinema.

  • The following information is for the restaurant.

  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.

  • Food is available from the bar.

  • Full table service is not available.

  • Food or drinks are ordered from the counter.

  • There is not a lowered section at the service counter.

  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.

  • Some tables are permanently fixed.

  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.

  • Some chairs have armrests.

  • The nearest table is 44m (48yd 4in) from the lift 3.

  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 70cm (2ft 4in).

  • Menus are wall only.

  • Menus are not available in Braille.

  • Menus are not available in large print.

  • Picture menus are not available.

  • Menus are clearly written.

  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.

  • The type of food served here is main meals.

  • The balcony restaurant is located on the first floor, directly above the refectory.

  • Monday 12:00 - 14:00.

  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00.

  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00.

  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:00.

  • Friday 12:00 - 14:00.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.

  • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.

  • There is Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 54m (59yd 2in) from the main entrance.

  • This accessible toilet is located on the left hand side of the ground floor, half way along the corridor.

  • Baby change facilities are located within the venue. The baby change facilities are located in this accessible toilet. The height of the baby change table once extended is 86cm (2ft 9in). There is an identical accessible toilet, except without a baby change table in the cubicle, in the same location on the first floor. There are also two accessible toilets by the standard toilets on the right hand side of the ground floor. These have the lateral transfer spaces on opposite sides (photograph 5).

  • There is level access to this accessible toilet.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.

  • The door opens inwards and outwards.

  • The door is locked by a twist lock.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 205cm x 220cm (6ft 9in x 7ft 3in).

  • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.

  • There is a lateral transfer space.

  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.

  • The lateral transfer space is 140cm (4ft 7in).

  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.

  • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.

  • The tap type is lever.

  • There is a mixer tap.

  • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.

  • There is a/are coat hook(s).

  • The coat hook is within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.

  • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.

  • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.

  • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • There is a mirror.

  • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.

  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).

  • There is a hand dryer.

  • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a toilet roll holder.

  • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a wash basin.

  • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).

  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is poor.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • Standard toilets are available.

  • The female and male toilets are located on the left hand side of the ground floor.

  • The female and male toilets are 55m (60yd) from the main entrance.

  • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female and male toilet.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.

  • Baby change facilities are located in the first floor toilet area.

  • The height of the baby change table once extended is 86cm (2ft 10in).

  • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.

  • This is by lift.

  • There are also male and female toilets on the right hand side of the ground floor, and on the left hand side of the first floor.

  • All contain cubicles with grab rails fitted and doors that open outwards.

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.

  • The ramp or slope is located leading to the toilet area from the corridor.

  • The ramp or slope is easy.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

  • The width of the ramp or slope is 81cm (2ft 8in).

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.

  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.

  • The height of the seat is 55cm (1ft 10in).

  • Other facilities available are an alarm.

  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

  • The accessible shower is located in the accessible toilet on the right hand side of the ground floor with the transfer space on the right.

  • There are also standard showers available in the toilet area on the right hand side of the ground floor. These are accessed by medium steps.

  • Documents can be requested in Braille.

  • Documents can be requested in large print.

  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.

  • This service can be requested.

  • Staff are not Text Relay aware.

  • Disability Equality courses are run by Student Services.

  • These are open to all staff, but are not compulsory.

  • Photograph 1 shows the refuge point located by lift 1 on the first floor.

  • There are also refuge points by lifts 2 and 3 on floors L1, U1 and 2.

  • Photograph 2 shows the refuge point by the first floor platform lift, on the upper first floor level.

  • From stairs A on the second floor of the Richard Hoggart Building, there are double doors leading into classroom 304a which are 140cm in width. The second set of double doors are 156cm width.

  • As you proceed through the classroom, there is a single door which is 75cm wide which takes you into classroom 304.

  • At the end of the classroom, there are double doors which are 156cm in width and past these doors is a lobby area on the second floor where stairs B are.

  • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor next door to Santander. Room 180-181.

  • There is step free access at this entrance.

  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).

  • The door(s) is / are single.

  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.

  • The width of the door opening is 83cm (2ft 9in).

  • Monday 09:30 - 16:30.

  • Tuesday 09:30 - 16:30.

  • Wednesday 09:30 - 16:30.

  • Thursday 09:30 - 16:30.

  • Friday 09:30 - 14:30.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • Closed 1pm-2pm during vacations.

  • Careers Service is located on the ground floor of the Richard Hoggart Building.

  • The desk is 1m (3ft 3in) from the entrance.

  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.

  • There is step free access to this reception area.

  • The lighting levels in the reception area are medium.

  • The reception desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).

  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.

  • The desk is staffed.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • There is level access to the service.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • This venue does not play background music.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • There are three individual rooms within the Careers Service. The width of each single door is 84cm and there is a desk in each room with chairs with armrests.