University Place

The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

0161 306 6000

www.manchester.ac.uk

Guide Last Updated: 17/03/2017

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Access Guide

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Visitors' Centre, a cafe, a refectory, lecture theatres, teaching areas, the Disability Support Office, Accommodation Services, Student Guidence Services and various other offices.

  • 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 Oxford Road.

  • 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 to the rear of Kilburn 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 4 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 400cm x 500cm (13ft 1in x 16ft 5in).

  • The nearest designated bay is 72m (79yd) from the main entrance.

  • The furthest designated bay is 78m (85yd) 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 block paving.

  • The patron does not have to cross a road.

  • 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 off Oxford Road.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main doors open automatically.

  • The doors are single width.

  • The door opening is 103cm (3ft 5in) wide.

  • The automatic door opens towards you and is controlled by a push pad on a post to the right of the door.

  • The pad is 85cm from ground level.

  • On the left of the automatic door is a revolving door.

  • 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.

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

  • There is 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 200cm (6ft 7in) wide.

  • This information is for the entrance located opposite Williamson Building.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main doors open automatically.

  • The doors are single width.

  • The door opening is 114cm (3ft 9in) wide.

  • In between the 2 automatic doors there is a revolving door.

  • The automatic door opens towards you and is controlled by a push pad on a post to the right of the door.

  • The pad is 85cm from ground level.

  • There is another entrance on the other side of the building, off Wilton Street, and the details are the same.

  • 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 easy.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

  • The reception desk is 16m (17yd) from the main entrance.

  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.

  • The reception desk is low height.

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

  • Staff are trained to use system.

  • The Visitors Centre is located directly to the right of the main entrance as you enter.

  • Maps, prospectuses and university literature can be obtained here.

  • The centre also contains video help desks at different heights (shown in photograph 2).

  • Monday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Thursday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Friday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • There is level access to the service(s).

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The system is infrared.

  • Staff are trained to use the system.

  • This venue does not play background music.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • Photograph 1 shows the Student Hub area on the first floor.

  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are levels 0-1-2-3-4-5-6.

  • 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 an additional set of stairs located at the front of the building, next to the lecture theatres (shown in photograph 1).

  • There is a lift for public use.

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

  • The lift is a standard lift.

  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are levels 0-1-2-3-4-5-6.

  • The lift is approximately 34m (37yd 7in) from the main entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 133cm x 145cm (4ft 4in x 4ft 9in).

  • 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 does not have a hearing loop system.

  • The lift does have Braille markings.

  • The lift does have tactile markings.

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

  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

  • There are seven lifts located in the building.

  • There are six lifts located centrally in the building and a further lift located next to the front staircase.

  • The reception desk is 9m (9yd 2ft) from the main lifts.

  • 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.

  • Staff are trained to use system.

  • The Accommodation Services reception is located on the first floor, to the of the Student Hub.

  • Monday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Thursday 09:00 - 15:00.

  • Thursday 16:30 - 17:00.

  • Friday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • The reception desk is 9m (9yd 2ft) from the main lifts.

  • 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.

  • Staff are trained to use system.

  • The Student Guidence Services reception is located at the rear of the Student Hub on the first floor.

  • The reception desk is 10m (32ft 10in) from the main lifts.

  • 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.

  • Staff are trained to use system.

  • The Disability Support Office is located on the second floor, at the rear of the building.

  • Monday 09:00 - 16:00.

  • Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00.

  • Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00.

  • Thursday 09:00 - 16:00.

  • Friday 09:00 - 14:00.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.

  • Designated seating is located the middle of the auditorium.

  • Wheelchairs are left with the patron.

  • Companions sit either at the side, or behind the patron.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The hearing system is infrared.

  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.

  • Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium.

  • The Lecture Theatre is normally partitioned to create Lecture Theatres A and B.

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

  • The ramp or slope is located on level 2 at the front of the building.

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

  • The width of the ramp or slope is 96cm (3ft 2in).

  • The ramps have handrails both sides, and lead down to the designated spaces at the rear of Lecture Theatre B.

  • The following information is for the refectory.

  • No chairs are permanently fixed.

  • No chairs have armrests.

  • The nearest table is 32m (35yd) from the main entrance.

  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 67cm (2ft 2in).

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

  • 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 hot and cold meals and light refreshments.

  • Monday 08:00 - 15:00.

  • Tuesday 08:00 - 15:00.

  • Wednesday 08:00 - 15:00.

  • Thursday 08:00 - 15:00.

  • Friday 08:00 - 15:00.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • The following information is for the cafe.

  • No chairs are permanently fixed.

  • Some chairs have armrests.

  • The nearest table is 17m (19yd) from the main entrance.

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

  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 104cm (3ft 5in).

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

  • 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 and snacks.

  • The cafe is located to the right of the main entrance, past the Visitors Centre.

  • Sofas and coffee tables are also available in the cafe.

  • Monday 09:00 - 16:00.

  • Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00.

  • Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00.

  • Thursday 09:00 - 16:00.

  • Friday 09:00 - 16:00.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

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

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

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 39m (42yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • This accessible toilet is located on level 0, in the main lift foyer.

  • 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 outwards.

  • The door is locked by a twist lock.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 89cm (2ft 11in).

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 250cm x 201cm (8ft 2in x 6ft 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 126cm (4ft 2in).

  • 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 available in the cubicle.

  • There is a/are coat hook(s).

  • The coat hook is not 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 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 not a hand dryer.

  • 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 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 poor.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • Baby Change Facilities

  • Baby change facilities are located within the standard toilet.

  • The baby change facilities are located in the level 0 adapted toilet.

  • The height of the baby change table once extended is 99cm (3ft 2in).

  • There are additional adapted toilets in the same location on all floors. These have smaller cubicles and the lateral transfer space on the left.

  • There are also 2 adapted toilets located outside Lecture Theatre A on level 3, with the transfer spaces on alternate sides.

  • Standard toilets are available.

  • The female and male toilets are located on level 0, in the main lift foyer.

  • The female and male toilets are 39m (43yd) from the main entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • There are standard toilets located on all levels.

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.

  • The showers are located in the adapted toilet on level 1.

  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head.

  • A mobile hoist is also available.

  • 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.