Education Building

Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

0121 414 3344

www.birmingham.ac.uk

Guide Last Updated: 13/09/2013

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Access Guide

  • Services/facilities within the building include staff offices, seminar and lecture rooms, a Science Laboratory, a large lecture theatre, staff and student common rooms, a reception desk, the Education Library and a snack counter.

  • Most of the main facilities such as seminar and lecture rooms and theatres and education library are accessible, due to the existence of mezzanine floor levels between main floor plates have resulted in many staff offices being inaccessible.

  • The venue is situated 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.

  • 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 back of the venue.

  • The car park type is open air/surface.

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

  • There are 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 410cm x 460cm (13ft 5in x 15ft 1in).

  • The nearest designated bay is 34m (37yd) from the rear entrance.

  • The furthest designated bay is 39m (43yd) from the rear 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 tarmac.

  • There is a dropped kerb / non stepped access from the car park to the venue.

  • The dropped kerb does have tactile 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 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 128cm (4ft 2in) 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 128cm (4ft 2in) wide.

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

  • The ramp or slope is located leading down to the entrance.

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.

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

  • There are steps to access this area / service.

  • The steps are located leading down to the entrance.

  • There is / are 3 step(s) to the area / service.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

  • The ramp overcomes the steps.

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear 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 153cm (5ft 0in) wide.

  • There is a second set of doors.

  • The doors open automatically.

  • The doors are double width.

  • The door opening is 120cm (3ft 11in) wide.

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

  • The ramp or slope is located leading up to and in front of the entrance.

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.

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

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main doors open automatically.

  • The doors are single width.

  • The door opening is 97cm (3ft 2in) wide.

  • The doors are push pad operated.

  • Student Enquiries can be accessed internally if using the main entrance or rear entrance but access is via steps.

  • 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 side of the building on the first floor.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main doors open away from you (push).

  • The doors are single width.

  • The doors are heavy.

  • The door opening is 86cm (2ft 10in) wide.

  • Seminar rooms 106 and 107 can be accessed internally if using the main entrance or rear entrance, but access is via steps.

  • 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 126cm (4ft 2in).

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

  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.

  • The reception desk is low height.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • There is level access to the service.

  • Lighting levels are varied.

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

  • There are steps to access this area / service.

  • The steps are located in the foyer between the main and rear entrances.

  • There is / are 4 step(s) to the area / service.

  • Lighting levels at the steps are medium.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are deep.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on the left going up.

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

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located in the main foyer.

  • The lift is a platform lift.

  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG-UG.

  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.

  • The lift is 11m (12yd) from rear entrance.

  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.

  • The dimensions of the lift are 80cm x 98cm (2ft 7in x 3ft 3in).

  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.

  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.

  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.

  • The lift controls do not have tactile markings.

  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.

  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

  • There are steps to access this area / service.

  • The steps are located leading up to the rooms.

  • There is / are 4 step(s) to the area / service.

  • Lighting levels at the steps are low.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are deep.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on the left going up.

  • There are two lecture theatres within this building. The larger lecture theatre, The Vaughan Jefferies, located on the ground floor, is accessible to wheelchair users with accessible spaces located at the front.

  • The smaller lecture theatre is not accessible to wheelchair users as access into the room is by steps only (shown in photograph 2).

  • Infrared hearing assistance systems are installed in both lecture theatres, and headsets are obtainable through the University department - Learning Spaces.

  • 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.

  • No chairs are permanently fixed.

  • No chairs have armrests.

  • The nearest table is 16m (17yd) from the rear entrance.

  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 35cm (1ft 2in).

  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 35cm (1ft 2in).

  • Menus are not available in Braille.

  • Menus are not available in large print.

  • Picture menus are not available.

  • The type of food served here is snacks.

  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in Braille.

  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in large print.

  • This library does not have a regular supply of books on tape or disc.

  • There is not an ordering service.

  • The library does not have computers with accessible software.

  • The library does have computers with accessible software.

  • Monday 08:45 - 19:00.

  • Tuesday 08:45 - 19:00.

  • Wednesday 08:45 - 19:00.

  • Thursday 08:45 - 19:00.

  • Friday 08:45 - 19:00.

  • Saturday 10:00 - 18:00.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG-UG-1.

  • 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 not a landing.

  • The services on the floors which are not accessible are the lower ground and first floor of the library.

  • Staff can get books for students from the inaccessible floors.

  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-M-2-3-M-4-5.

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting level is medium.

  • The steps are not clearly marked.

  • The steps are deep.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps have a handrail on both sides.

  • There is a landing.

  • The services on other floors which are not accessible include Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (V.I.C.T.R), rooms M-7-M19, M31-M47, 207-223, 306-324, 406-421 and 506-523.

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located in the main foyer.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

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

  • The lift is 8m (26ft 3in) from rear entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 106cm x 176cm (3ft 6in x 5ft 9in).

  • The clear door width is 85cm (2ft 9in).

  • There are not 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 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 low.

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

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

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

  • The accessible toilet is 10m (32ft 10in) from the lift.

  • The accessible toilet is located on the first floor to the side of the lift.

  • 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 width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).

  • The door is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 160cm x 240cm (5ft 3in x 7ft 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 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • 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 not a functional emergency alarm available.

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

  • 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.

  • 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 50cm (1ft 8in).

  • 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 not a towel dispenser.

  • There is a toilet roll holder.

  • The toilet roll holder cannot 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 poor.

  • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.

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

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is poor.

  • Lighting levels are low.

  • There is an additional adapted toilet with similar specifications in Student Enquiries.

  • Standard toilets are available.

  • The female toilets are located on the first floor to the side of the lift.

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

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

  • This is by lift.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • The male toilets are located on the first floor to the side of the lift.

  • The male toilets are 8m (26ft 3in) from the litt.

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

  • This is by lift.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • These toilets contain cubicles with doors that open outwards.

  • There are additional standard toilets located on all floors throughout the building.

  • 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.

  • Plastic cups are available.

  • Plastic cutlery is not available.

  • Drinking straws are available on request.