Chemical Engineering

Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

0121 414 3344

www.birmingham.ac.uk

Guide Last Updated: 13/09/2013

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Access Guide

  • The Chemical Engineering Building provides staff office, research and teaching laboratory, workshops and storage accommodation for the School of Chemical Engineering, together with lecture theatre and seminar room facilities and a snack bar area with seating.

  • The venue is situated in the South West of the within the centre of the Edgbaston campus.

  • The venue is not on a road with a steep gradient.

  • The nearest mainline Railway Station is University.

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

  • This venue does not have its own car park, there are a limited number of parking spaces to the southern side of the building including 2 accessible space.

  • Parking is not free for all users.

  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.

  • The car park is at the side of the venue.

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

  • The dimensions of the designated parking bays are 4m x 4m (13ft 1in x 13ft 1in).

  • The designated bays are 52m (57yd) and 56m (61yd) from the both entrances.

  • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance, but users should be aware there is a slope to the main entrance.

  • The surface car parking area 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.

  • 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 towards you (pull).

  • The doors are double width.

  • The doors are heavy.

  • The door opening is 154cm (5ft 1in) wide.

  • 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 120cm (3ft 11in) wide.

  • The reception desk is 18m (20yd) from the rear 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.

  • Monday 09:30 - 15:30.

  • Tuesday 09:30 - 15:30.

  • Wednesday 09:30 - 15:30.

  • Thursday 09:30 - 15:30.

  • Friday 09:30 - 15:30.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • There is not level access to the service.

  • Lighting levels are varied.

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

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

  • The ramp or slope is located in the main corridor on the ground floor.

  • 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 102cm (3ft 4in).

  • There are steps to access this area / service.

  • The steps are located in the main corridor on the ground floor.

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

  • Lighting levels at the steps are bright.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

  • The ramp bypasses the steps.

  • There is also a moderate ramp in the corridor on the first floor.

  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.

  • Designated seating is located at the front of the lecture theatre.

  • Wheelchairs are left with the patron.

  • It is 39m (42yd) from the designated seating area to the nearest adapted toilet.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • Both Lecture Theatres have an Infrared Assisted Hearing System installed (the appropriate headsets would need to be applied for via the University Department of Learning Spaces).

  • This lecture theatre is located on the lowered area of the ground floor, so the designated seating area is accessed via the ramp from the entrances.

  • There are not designated spaces for wheelchair users.

  • Wheelchairs are left with the patron.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • Both Lecture Theatres have an Infrared Assisted Hearing System installed (the appropriate headsets would need to be applied for via the University Department of Learning Spaces).

  • The Large Lecture Theatre is situated on the first floor of the building. There is fixed raked seating in the lecture theatre, which means there are no spaces for wheelchair users.

  • The front of the theatre is on the landing of the stairs.

  • 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.

  • No tables are permanently fixed.

  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.

  • No chairs have armrests.

  • The nearest table is 10m (32ft 10in) from the lift.

  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 30cm (0ft 12in).

  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 110cm (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 snacks.

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

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting level is low.

  • The steps are not clearly marked.

  • The steps are deep.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps have a handrail on the left going up.

  • There is a landing.

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located along the corridor on the left as you enter.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

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

  • The lift is 15m (16yd) from rear entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 112cm x 176cm (3ft 8in x 5ft 9in).

  • The clear door width is 86cm (2ft 10in).

  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.

  • There is not 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 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 low.

  • The mezzanine level is located at the rear of the building only.

  • 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 rear entrance.

  • The accessible toilet is located in the main foyer.

  • 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 twist lock.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 84cm (2ft 9in).

  • The door is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 155cm x 190cm (5ft 1in x 6ft 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 94cm (3ft 1in).

  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.

  • There is not a flush on the transfer side.

  • The tap type is lever.

  • There is a mixer tap.

  • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.

  • It is tied up and out of reach (higher than 10cm (0ft 4in) from floor).

  • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.

  • There is a coat hook.

  • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.

  • Wall mounted rails are available.

  • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.

  • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • The shelf is higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There are mirrors in the accessible toilet.

  • Mirrors are not 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 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 sink.

  • The sink cannot 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 poor.

  • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • Standard toilets are available.

  • The female toilets are located in the main foyer.

  • The female toilets are 3m (9ft 10in) from the rear entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • The male toilets are located in the main foyer.

  • The male toilets are 11m (12yd) from the rear entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • There are additional standard male and female toilets on the first and second floors.

  • 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.