Virginia Woolf Building

Strand Campus, 22 Kingsway, Strand, London WC2B 6LE

020 7848 1782

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www.kcl.ac.uk

Guide Last Updated: 03/07/2017

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Access Guide

  • Services / facilities within the building include Department of Comparative Literature, Department of English, Department of German, Department of Spanish, Portugese and Latin, American Studies, Department of European and International Studies, Department of French and Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

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

  • This venue is situated in the Strand Campus.

  • The nearest mainline station is Charing Cross.

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

  • The nearest underground station is Temple.

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

  • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).

  • On street marked Blue Badge bays are available.

  • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 180cm x 520cm (5ft 11in x 17ft 1in).

  • On street Blue Badge parking is located in Portugal Street and Sardinia Street.

  • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

  • The Sardinia Street bays are closest to the main entrance.

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

  • There is level access into the venue.

  • The main doors open automatically.

  • The automatic doors are push pad activated.

  • The doors are double width.

  • The door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in) wide.

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  • The desk is 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.

  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • The reception desk is high.

  • The desk has a lowered section.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

  • Staff are not trained to use system.

  • The lowered section of the counter is 80cm high.

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  • There is not level access to the service.

  • This venue does not play background music.

  • Lighting levels are varied.

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  • There are steps to access this area / service.

  • The steps are located leading to the raised section of the ground floor.

  • There is / are 8 step(s) to the area / service.

  • The lighting levels at the steps are bright.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

  • There is a standard and / or platform lift to access this service.

  • The lift does bypass the steps.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located in reception, next to the level change.

  • The lift is a platform lift.

  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.

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

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 79cm x 100cm (2ft 7in x 3ft 3in).

  • The clear door width is 79cm (2ft 7in).

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

  • The lift does not have Braille markings.

  • The lift does not have tactile markings.

  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.

  • The lift has a weight limit of 225kg.

  • There is a short ramp to enter and exit the lift.

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  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2-3-4-5-6-7.

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting level is bright.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps have a handrail on both sides.

  • There is a landing.

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  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2-3-4-5-6-7.

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting level is bright.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps have a handrail on both sides.

  • There is a landing.

  • There is no internal link between the north and south sides of the building on the ground floor.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located on the raised section of the ground floor.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2-3-4-5-6-7.

  • The lift is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the platform lift.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 200cm x 124cm (6ft 7in x 4ft 1in).

  • The clear door width is 102cm (3ft 4in).

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

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

  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.

  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.

  • The lift does not have Braille markings.

  • The lift does not have tactile markings.

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

  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

  • The right hand lift also serves as an evacuation lift.

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  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.

  • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.

  • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.

  • The accessible toilet is 9m (9yd 2ft) from the main lift.

  • The accessible toilet is located just off the lift lobby on the third floor.

  • There is level access to the accessible toilet.

  • This is by lift.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.

  • The door opens outwards.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 82cm (2ft 8in).

  • The door weight is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 148cm x 270cm (4ft 10in x 8ft 10in).

  • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.

  • There is a lateral transfer space.

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

  • The lateral transfer space is 82cm (2ft 8in).

  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.

  • There is a flush on the transfer side.

  • The tap type is lever.

  • There is a mixer tap.

  • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.

  • It is tied up and out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor).

  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.

  • There is not a coat hook.

  • Wall mounted rails are available.

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

  • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There are mirrors.

  • 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 49cm (1ft 7in).

  • There is not a hand dryer.

  • There is a towel dispenser.

  • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The towel dispenser 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 sink.

  • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The sink 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 grab rails and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • There is an identical cubicle in the same location on the sixth floor.

  • There are also identical cubicles on the fourth and fifth floors, except that the lateral transfer spaces are to the left of the toilet seat.

  • There is also an accessible toilet cubicle on the raised section of the ground floor but it is not in use.

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  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.

  • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.

  • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.

  • The accessible toilet is 17m (18yd 1ft) from the main lift.

  • The accessible toilet is located on the seventh floor.

  • There is level access to the accessible toilet.

  • This is by lift.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.

  • The door opens outwards.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

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

  • The door weight is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 148cm x 230cm (4ft 10in x 7ft 7in).

  • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.

  • There is a lateral transfer space.

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

  • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (2ft 7in).

  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.

  • There is a flush on the transfer side.

  • The tap type is lever.

  • There is a mixer tap.

  • There is a functional emergency alarm available.

  • It is not a push button style of alarm.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.

  • There is not a coat hook.

  • Wall mounted rails are available.

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

  • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There are mirrors.

  • 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 49cm (1ft 7in).

  • There is not a hand dryer.

  • There is a towel dispenser.

  • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The towel dispenser 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 sink.

  • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The sink 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 grab rails and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

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  • Standard toilets are available.

  • The female toilets are located on the first floor.

  • The female toilets are 3m (3yd 10in) from the main lift.

  • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet.

  • This is by lift.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • The male toilets are located on the second floor.

  • The male toilets are 3m (3yd 10in) from the main lift.

  • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet.

  • This is by lift.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • Baby change facilities are not located within the venue.

  • There are alternate female and male standard toilets in the lift lobby on floors 1-6.

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  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.

  • 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 Text Relay aware.