Nancy Astor Building

Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA

01752 600 600

www.plymouth.ac.uk

Guide Last Updated: 13/09/2013

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Access Guide

  • Services / facilities within the building include teaching rooms, a sports hall and a cafe.

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

  • This venue is situated in Plymouth.

  • The venue is situated on a road which has a steep gradient.

  • The nearest mainline station is Plymouth.

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

  • The venue does have its own car park.

  • Parking is free for all users.

  • The car park is in front of the Isaac Foot Building.

  • The car park type is open air/surface.

  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.

  • There are 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 400cm x 605cm (13ft 1in x 19ft 10in).

  • The nearest designated bay is 19m (21yd) from the main entrance.

  • The furthest designated bay is 23m (25yd) from the main 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.

  • The patron does have to cross a road.

  • The road is generally quiet.

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

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

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

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main doors open automatically.

  • The doors are double width.

  • The door opening is 192cm (6ft 4in) wide.

  • The doors are push pad operated.

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

  • The ramp or slope is located leading to the entrance.

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

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

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

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main doors open automatically.

  • The doors are double width.

  • The door opening is 200cm (6ft 7in) wide.

  • The doors are push pad operated.

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

  • The ramp or slope is located leading to the entrance.

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

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

  • The width of the ramp or slope is 125cm (4ft 1in).

  • There are steps to access this area / service.

  • The steps are located leading to the entrance.

  • There is / are 15+ step(s) to the area / service.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

  • The ramp overcomes the steps.

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

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main doors open automatically.

  • The doors are double width.

  • The door opening is 192cm (6ft 4in) wide.

  • The doors are push pad operated.

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

  • The ramp or slope is located leading to the entrance.

  • The ramp or slope is easy.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

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

  • There is level access to the service.

  • This venue does not play background music.

  • Lighting levels are varied.

  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

  • The following information is for the cafe.

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

  • Full table service is not available.

  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.

  • Food or drinks cannot be brought to the table.

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

  • Some tables are permanently fixed.

  • No chairs are permanently fixed.

  • No chairs have armrests.

  • The nearest table is 6m (19ft 8in) from the cafe entrance.

  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 71cm (2ft 4in).

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

  • No menus are available.

  • Monday 08:30 - 21:00.

  • Tuesday 08:30 - 16:00.

  • Wednesday 08:30 - 21:00.

  • Thursday 08:30 - 21:30.

  • Friday 08:30 - 15:00.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • The fitness suite is located on the right hand side as you enter.

  • The fitness suite is 13m (14yd) from the sports hall entrance.

  • There is level access to the fitness suite.

  • There are doors into the fitness suite.

  • The doors open automatically.

  • The opening is 86cm (2ft 10in) wide.

  • Staff receive some training in assisting disabled people.

  • Equipment suitable for mobility or sensory impaired users includes free weights.

  • A portable hearing loop is available for induction.

  • Staff are trained to use the portable hearing loop.

  • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.

  • There is level access to all of the equipment.

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

  • 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 both sides.

  • There is a landing.

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located beyond the accessible entrance.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

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

  • The lift is 8m (26ft 3in) from accessible entrance.

  • The dimensions of the lift are 155cm x 156cm (5ft 1in x 5ft 1in).

  • The clear door width is 110cm (3ft 7in).

  • 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 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 bright.

  • 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 13m (14yd) from the accessible entrance.

  • The accessible toilet is located on the right as you enter.

  • There is level access to the accessible toilet.

  • 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 86cm (2ft 10in).

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 120cm x 220cm (3ft 11in x 7ft 3in).

  • 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 left.

  • 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 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 not a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • There are mirrors in the accessible toilet.

  • 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 50cm (1ft 8in).

  • 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 not a towel dispenser.

  • 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.

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • 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 7m (22ft 12in) from the sports hall entrance.

  • The accessible toilet is located on the right as you enter.

  • There is level access to the accessible toilet.

  • 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 86cm (2ft 10in).

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 200cm x 250cm (6ft 7in x 8ft 2in).

  • Floor manoeuvring space is not clear 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 170cm (5ft 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 not a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • There are mirrors in the accessible toilet.

  • 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 not a towel dispenser.

  • 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.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • Standard toilets are available.

  • The unisex toilets are located on the right as you enter.

  • Unisex toilets are 12m (13yd) from the accessible entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.

  • The showers are located within the adapted toilet.

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

  • The height of the seat is 44cm (1ft 5in).

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

  • 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.

  • Staff are Text Relay aware.

  • Fire Exits and Refuge Points

  • There are Refuge Points on the Ground Floor North - 4th Floor North.

  • There are also Refuge Points on the 1st Floor South - 4th Floor South with full communications and evacuation chair.

  • There is an assembly point available in Drake Place Gardens.