Bramall Music Building

Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

0121 414 3344

Bramallenquiries@contacts.bham.ac.uk

www.birmingham.ac.uk/bramall

Guide Last Updated: 31/05/2021

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Access Guide

  • The Elgar Concert Hall is used for concerts open to the public, and is also available to be hired for meetings, conferences and events.

  • The Bramall Music Building can be accessed from the Aston Webb 'C' Block, and also Physics West with a University Swipe Card.

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

  • This venue is situated in Edgbaston Campus.

  • The nearest mainline station is University.

  • 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 at the rear of Aston Webb 'C' Block.

  • The car park type is open air/surface.

  • There are 0 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • 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 not have to cross a road.

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

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

  • Visitors attending concerts at the building should use the South car park, off Edgbaston Park Road. Charges apply Monday–Friday, 08:30–16:30.

  • Free parking is available outside these times.

  • Blue Badge holders who require parking closer

  • to the building should contact the University in advance.

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  • 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 163cm (5ft 4in) wide.

  • There is a second set of doors.

  • The doors open automatically.

  • The doors are double width.

  • The door opening is 170cm (5ft 7in) wide.

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  • 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.

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  • This information is for the entrance located at the side 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 140cm (4ft 7in) wide.

  • There is a second set of doors.

  • The doors open towards you (pull).

  • The doors are double width.

  • The doors are heavy.

  • The door opening is 168cm (5ft 6in) wide.

  • A swipe card is required to use this entrance.

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  • This information is for the entrance located on the far side of the 'C' Block ground floor.

  • 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 186cm (6ft 1in) wide.

  • There is a second set of doors.

  • The doors open away from you (push).

  • The doors are double width.

  • The doors are heavy.

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

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

  • The ramp or slope is located between the two sets of doors.

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

  • The Music Department general office is accessed off this ramp.

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  • This information is for the entrance located on the far right ground floor of Physics West.

  • 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 90cm (2ft 11in) wide.

  • A swipe card is required to use this entrance.

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  • 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.

  • There is level access to the service.

  • This venue does not play background music.

  • Lighting levels are varied.

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

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting level is medium.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are deep.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps have a handrail on both sides.

  • There is a landing.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located past the cafe, outside the Elgar Concert Hall.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

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

  • The lift is 20m (22yd) from main entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 206cm x 350cm (6ft 9in x 11ft 6in).

  • The clear door width is 180cm (5ft 11in).

  • 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 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 medium.

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  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.

  • Designated seating is located the rear of the stalls, and on the balcony.

  • Wheelchairs are left with the patron.

  • A companion may sit with you.

  • Companions sit beside you.

  • It is 10m (32ft 10in) from the designated seating area to the nearest accessible toilet.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The hearing system is infrared.

  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.

  • A deposit is not required for the sound enhancement system.

  • Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium.

  • The stalls are accessed from the ground floor of the building.

  • The balcony is accessed from the first floor.

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

  • The ramp or slope is located either side of the stalls.

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

  • The width of the ramp or slope is 105cm (3ft 5in).

  • The ramps have handrails either side.

  • These ramps can be used to access the stage and the backstage area.

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  • The following information is for the cafe.

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

  • No tables are permanently fixed.

  • No chairs are permanently fixed.

  • Some chairs have armrests.

  • The nearest table is 7m (22ft 12in) from the main entrance.

  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 73cm (2ft 5in).

  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 108cm (3ft 7in).

  • 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, hot and cold snacks.

  • Plastic cups, cutlery and drinking straws are available on request.

  • 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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  • 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 26m (28yd) from the main entrance.

  • The accessible toilet is located on the ground floor, to the left by the Elgar Concert Hall.

  • 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 85cm (2ft 9in).

  • The door is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 170cm x 209cm (5ft 7in x 6ft 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 left.

  • The lateral transfer space is 92cm (3ft 0in).

  • 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.

  • 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 47cm (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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • The towel dispenser is 102cm (3ft 4in) high.

  • 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 walls and floor is good.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • Thr grab rail to the left of the toilet as you face it has high contrast.

  • The rail to the left has poor contrast.

  • There is an identical toilet on the third floor, except it contains a shelf under 100cm high (shown in photograph 2).

  • There is also an accessible toilet on the lower ground floor, which has a slightly larger cubicle, a hand dryer under 100cm high and baby changing facilities.

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  • Standard toilets are available.

  • The female and male toilets are located on the ground floor, just past the cafe.

  • The female and male toilets are 17m (19yd) from the main entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • The unisex toilets are located on the lower ground floor.

  • Unisex toilets are 13m (14yd) from the lift.

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

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • There are also male and female toilets on the first floor.

  • These contain cubicles with grab rails fitted and doors that open outwards.

  • There is also a unisex toilet on the third floor.

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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 not Text Relay aware.