Muirhead Tower

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 and postgraduate study facilities for the Schools of Government & Society and Social Policy, relating to the departments of Political & International Studies, International Development, Local Government Studies, the Institute of Applied Social Studies, and the Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies, teaching and lecture rooms, the Cadbury Research Library and the University Special Collections Department and a Starbucks cafĂ©.

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

  • This venue is situated at 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 295cm x 400cm (9ft 8in x 13ft 1in).

  • The nearest designated bay is 26m (28yd) from the lift.

  • The furthest designated bay is 28m (31yd) from the lift.

  • 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.

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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 single width.

  • The door opening is 93cm (3ft 1in) wide.

  • The doors are push pad operated.

  • There is a set of revolving doors next to the automatic door.

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  • There are steps to access this area / service.

  • The steps are located leading up to the entrance.

  • There is / are 15+ step(s) to the area / service.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are deep.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

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

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located next to the steps.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

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

  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.

  • The lift is 26m (28yd) from car park.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 119cm x 150cm (3ft 11in x 4ft 11in).

  • The clear door width is 96cm (3ft 2in).

  • 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 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.

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  • 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 front 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 4 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 470cm x 520cm (15ft 5in x 17ft 1in).

  • The nearest designated bay is 2m (6ft 7in) from the lift.

  • The furthest designated bay is 18m (20yd) from the lift.

  • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.

  • The car park surface is tarmac.

  • The patron does not have to cross a road.

  • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

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  • 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 95cm (3ft 1in) wide.

  • The doors are push pad operated.

  • There is a set of revolving doors next to the automatic door.

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

  • The ramp or slope is located leading up to the steps.

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.

  • There are steps to access this area / service.

  • The steps are located leading up to the entrance.

  • There is / are 12 step(s) to the area / service.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are deep.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

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

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located next to the steps.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

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

  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.

  • The lift is 2m (6ft 7in) from car park.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 92cm x 128cm (3ft 0in x 4ft 2in).

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

  • There are separate entry and exit doors in 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.

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  • The reception desk is 12m (13yd) from the main 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.

  • The reception is not manned.

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  • There is level access to the service.

  • Lighting levels are bright.

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

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  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.

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

  • Wheelchairs are left with the patron.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Some chairs have armrests.

  • The nearest table is 18m (20yd) from the main entrance.

  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 44cm (1ft 5in).

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

  • 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 tea and coffee snacks.

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  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG-G-M-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12.

  • 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.

  • 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 next to reception.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG-G-M-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12.

  • The lift is 18m (20yd) from main entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 142cm x 150cm (4ft 8in x 4ft 11in).

  • The clear door width is 102cm (3ft 4in).

  • 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 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 low.

  • The controls are in front of the lift before you enter.

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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 25m (27yd) from the main entrance.

  • The accessible toilet is located on the ground floor 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 86cm (2ft 10in).

  • The door is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 240cm x 300cm (7ft 10in 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 left.

  • The lateral transfer space is 150cm (4ft 11in).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 48cm (1ft 7in).

  • There is a hand dryer.

  • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is not a towel dispenser.

  • 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 poor.

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

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

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

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is poor.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.

  • The baby change facilities are located within the adapted toilet.

  • The height of the baby change table once extended is 84cm (2ft 9in).

  • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.

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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 5m (16ft 5in) from the lift.

  • The accessible toilet is located next to the lifts.

  • 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 twist lock.

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

  • The door is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 140cm x 205cm (4ft 7in x 6ft 9in).

  • 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 76cm (2ft 6in).

  • 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 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 49cm (1ft 7in).

  • 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 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 drop down rails and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • There are additional identical adapted toilets on all other floors in the same location from the second to the twelfth.

  • There is also an adapted toilet with similar specifications on the mezzanine level.

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  • Accessible shower facilities are available.

  • The showers are located within the ground floor adapted toilet.

  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are handrails and a flip down seat.

  • The height of the seat is 49cm (1ft 7in).

  • Other facilities available are drop down rails.

  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

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  • Standard toilets are available.

  • The unisex toilets are located on the mezzanine level.

  • Unisex toilets are 5m (16ft 5in) from the lift.

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

  • This is by lift.

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • There are additional standard female and male toilets on all other floors, from 2 to 12.

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  • Staff do receive disability awareness training.

  • Documents can be requested in Braille.

  • Documents can be requested in large print.

  • Registered assistance dogs are welcomed.

  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is generally on duty.

  • This person is the Facilities Manager who is trained to BSL level 3.

  • This service can be requested.

  • Staff are not Type Talk aware.

  • Plastic cups are available.

  • Plastic cutlery is not available.

  • Drinking straws are available on request.

  • Evacuation Chairs are available within the building for use in the event of an emergency.