Sackville Street Building

The University of Manchester, Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3BB

0161 306 6000

www.manchester.ac.uk

Guide Last Updated: 04/09/2018

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Access Guide

  • The opening times refer to when the building is unlocked. .

  • The building is accessible 24 hours a day with a relevant swipe card.

  • The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The School of Physics and Astronomy and IT Services are located in this building.

  • The Joule library is also located in this building. Please see the separate guide for this library.

  • Monday 07:30 - 17:30.

  • Tuesday 07:30 - 17:30.

  • Wednesday 07:30 - 17:30.

  • Thursday 07:30 - 17:30.

  • Friday 07:30 - 17:30.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • 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.

  • On street marked Blue Badge bays are available.

  • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 200cm x 450cm (6ft 7in x 14ft 9in).

  • On street Blue Badge parking is located on Granby Row.

  • Access to Granby Row is via a barrier, so a swipe card or prior notice is required to access the Blue Badge bays and the drop off point.

  • The Charles Street Multi-Storey Car Park (Car Park A) is located further down Sackville Street, past the railway viaduct.

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  • This information is for the entrance located on Sackville Street.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).

  • There is a second set of doors.

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

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).

  • There is an alternative entrance located on Whitworth Street which is for staff use only.

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

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

  • There is/are 5 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 steps outside this entrance have a central handrail.

  • There are a further 12 medium, well-marked steps with a central handrail between the 2 sets of doors.

  • These bring you to the Entrance Hall.

  • There are a further 8 steps, with a central handrail, to access the lower parts of Floor B.

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  • There is level access into the venue.

  • The main doors open automatically.

  • The doors are single width.

  • The door opening is 82cm (2ft 8in) wide.

  • There is a second set of doors.

  • The doors open automatically.

  • The doors are single width.

  • The door opening is 85cm (2ft 9in) wide.

  • This entrance opens into Level ME of the building.

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  • The reception desk is 3m (9ft 10in) from the entrance.

  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.

  • The reception desk is high height.

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • The desk has a lowered section.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

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  • There is not 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.

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  • There are easy ramps in various corridors throughout the building.

  • Hearing loops are fitted in rooms C9, C14, C53, D39, F47, G37, G41, H8, H10, J15 and K15.

  • There is level access to the front of Lecture Theatres C53 and G41, but no designated wheelchair spaces.

  • The Observatory on Floor G is only accessible by deep steps.

  • There is a moderate ramp, 93 cm wide, leading down to the Control Systems Centre an Floor F.

  • The manufacturing laboratory has several levels, which are accessed by steps.

  • There are steps leading from the accessible entrance lifts down to the majority of Floor B.

  • The lowered section, except The Entrance Hall, can be accessed by any of the other lifts.

  • The Internet Services Room is accessed by 14 medium, clearly marked steps with handrails both sides from the lowered section on the Granby Row side of Floor B.

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  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are A-K.

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting level is bright.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are deep.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • There is a landing.

  • There are several staircases available throughout the building.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located opposite the accessible entrance.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are A, ME, B - K.

  • The lift is approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 127cm x 142cm (4ft 2in x 4ft 8in).

  • 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 does not have a hearing loop system.

  • The lift does not have Braille markings.

  • The lift does have tactile markings.

  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

  • There is a larger lift, 142 x 192 cm, to the right of this lift however it only goes up to Floor J.

  • There is no Floor I.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located by the Whitworth Street entrance.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are A-K.

  • The lift is approximately 66m (72yd 6in) from the accessible entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 137cm x 147cm (4ft 6in x 4ft 10in).

  • 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 does not have a hearing loop system.

  • The lift does not have Braille markings.

  • The lift does have tactile markings.

  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

  • There are 2 identical lifts by the Whitworth Street entrance, which can be used to access the lower part of Floor B (Whitworth Street side).

  • These lifts can only be accessed via steps from the Whitworth Street entrance.

  • There is a hearing loop fitted in the lift.

  • There is no Floor I.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located in the Granby Row / Sackville Street corner.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are A-F.

  • The lift is approximately 170m (185yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 138cm x 153cm (4ft 6in x 5ft).

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

  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.

  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.

  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.

  • The lift does have Braille markings.

  • The lift does have tactile markings.

  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

  • This lift gives access to the Granby Row side of Floor B.

  • There is a similar, smaller lift in the Whitworth Street / Sackville Street corner of the building. This lift does not have a mirror, Braille or audio announcements. It gives access to the Whitworth Street side of Floor B.

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  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

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

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

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the lift.

  • This accessible toilet is located on Floor A.

  • There is level access to this accessible toilet.

  • This is by lift.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.

  • The door opens inwards.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 215cm x 300cm (7ft 1in x 9ft 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 148cm (4ft 10in).

  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.

  • There is a flush on the transfer side.

  • The tap type is twist/turn.

  • There is not a mixer tap.

  • There is not an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.

  • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.

  • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).

  • 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 42cm (1ft 5in).

  • 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 towel dispenser.

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

  • There is a wash basin.

  • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The wash basin 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 wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.

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

  • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • There is also an adapted toilet on Floor D, on the Whitworth Street side of the building.

  • It is similar to the one on Floor A, except it has the transfer space on the left.

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  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

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

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 29m (31yd 2ft) from the lift.

  • This accessible toilet is located on Floor C.

  • There is level access to this accessible toilet.

  • This is by lift.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.

  • The door opens inwards.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 88cm (2ft 11in).

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 140cm x 250cm (4ft 7in x 8ft 2in).

  • 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 108cm (3ft 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.

  • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.

  • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.

  • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.

  • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).

  • 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 44cm (1ft 5in).

  • There is a hand dryer.

  • The hand dryer can be reached from seated on the toilet.

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

  • 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 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 toilet seat colour contrast 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 in the far corner to the main entrance, on Floor A.

  • The female toilets are 126m (138yd) from the accessible entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • The male toilets are located in the far corner to the main entrance, on Floor A.

  • The male toilets are 126m (138yd) from the accessible entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • There are standard toilets available on all floors, except Floor K.

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  • 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 74cm (2ft 5in).

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

  • Menus are not available in Braille.

  • Menus are not available in large print.

  • Menus are clearly written.

  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.

  • The type of food served here is hit and cold snicks.

  • There are some high tables and chairs available in the Cafe.

  • The Cafe is located on Floor D, on the Granby Row side of the building.

  • Monday 08:30 - 16:00.

  • Tuesday 08:30 - 16:00.

  • Wednesday 08:30 - 16:00.

  • Thursday 08:30 - 16:00.

  • Friday 08:30 - 16:00.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

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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.

  • Plastic cups are available.

  • Plastic cutlery is available.

  • Drinking straws are available on request.