Barnes Wallis Building

The University of Manchester, Sackville Street, Manchester M1 7JA

0161 306 6000

www.manchester.ac.uk

Guide Last Updated: 24/03/2014

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Access Guide

  • This building contains Conference Rooms, the Students Union and the Barnes Wallis Restaurant.

  • The contact details for the Students Union offices in this building are :- Tel: 0161 275 2930 and Fax: 0161 275 2936.

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

  • This venue is situated in Manchester.

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

  • The nearest mainline station is Manchester Piccadilly.

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

  • There is parking available on the opposite side of the Quadrangle.

  • Access to this, and the drop off point, is via The Gatehouse security point, so a permit or prior permission is required to access this point.

  • There is also parking available in the multi storey car park on Sackville Street.

  • This information is for the entrance located on the Quadrangle.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main doors open towards you (pull).

  • The doors are double width.

  • The doors are heavy.

  • The door opening is 150cm (4ft) wide.

  • This entrance gives access to the ground floor.

  • 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.

  • The width of the ramp or slope is 103cm (3ft).

  • There are steps to access this area / service.

  • 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 handrails are on both sides.

  • The ramp overcomes the steps mentioned, and has handrails on both sides.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main doors open towards you (pull).

  • The doors are single width.

  • The doors are heavy.

  • The door opening is 75cm (2ft 6in) wide.

  • There are double doors next to the main door which can be opened from the inside.

  • This entrance gives access to the 1st floor via the platform lift.

  • The reception desk is 14m (15yd) from the main entrance.

  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.

  • The reception desk is high height.

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • The reception desk has a lowered section.

  • It is located next to the Quadrangle entrance, on the ground floor.

  • It is closed between 09.00 - 17.00.

  • There is level access to the service.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The system is a fixed loop.

  • Lighting levels are bright.

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

  • The hearing loop is fitted in the Harwood Room.

  • Music is played in Harry's Bar.

  • There is a moderate ramp, 142 cm wide, leading up to the Peer Support Centre on the ground floor.

  • The Centre includes the Students Union's Students With Disabilities Office.

  • There are steps to access this area / service.

  • The steps are located leading up to the entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels at the steps are bright.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

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

  • The ramp overcomes the steps.

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located on the 1st Floor.

  • The lift is a platform lift.

  • The lift is 4m (4yd 14in) from entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 143cm (3ft x 4ft).

  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.

  • The lift controls do not have tactile markings.

  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

  • The following information is for the restaurant.

  • Full table service is not available.

  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.

  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.

  • No chairs are permanently fixed.

  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 65cm (2ft).

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

  • The restaurant is located on the 1st floor.

  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B-2.

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting level is bright.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps have a handrail on both sides.

  • There is a landing.

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

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

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

  • The accessible toilet is 44m (48yd) from the main entrance.

  • The accessible toilet is located at the far end of the ground floor.

  • There is level access to the accessible toilet.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is required for the accessible toilet.

  • The door opens inwards.

  • The door is locked by a twist lock.

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 180cm x 190cm (5ft 11in x 6ft 3in).

  • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.

  • There is not a lateral transfer space.

  • The tap type is lever.

  • There is not a mixer tap.

  • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.

  • Disposal facilities are not 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.

  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 50cm (1ft 8in).

  • There is a hand dryer.

  • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • The hand dryer is 122cm (4ft 0in) high.

  • There is a towel dispenser.

  • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a toilet roll holder.

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

  • There is a sink.

  • The sink is 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 poor.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • Although there is no transfer space, this toilet does have an electric ceiling hoist fitted.

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

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

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

  • The accessible toilet is 15m (16yd 15in) from the entrance.

  • The accessible toilet is located opposite the Altrincham Street entrance.

  • 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 dimensions of the accessible toilet are 180cm x 198cm (5ft x 6ft).

  • There is a lateral transfer space.

  • The tap type is lever.

  • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.

  • 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 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 47cm (18in).

  • There is a hand dryer.

  • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3").

  • The hand dryer is 118cm (3ft) high.

  • There is a towel dispenser.

  • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a toilet roll holder.

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

  • There is a sink.

  • The sink is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5").

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • Standard toilets are available.

  • The female toilets are located at the far end of the ground floor.

  • The female toilets are 44m (48yd 4in) from the main entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • The male toilets are located at the far end of the ground floor.

  • The male toilets are 40m (43yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • There are additional standard toilets available on the 1st floor.

  • 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.

  • Plastic cups are available.

  • Plastic cutlery is available.

  • Drinking straws are available on request.