University Centre

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 Banks, retail outlets, cafeteria / refectory outlets, the Careers Centre, University Housing Office, staff office accommodation and teaching and conference facilities.

  • The venue is situated at 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 not have its own car park.

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

  • At the time of the survey, significant development works were being undertaken in the immediate vicinity of this building, affecting the car parking arrangements.

  • 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 single width.

  • The doors are heavy.

  • The door opening is 85cm (2ft 9in) wide.

  • There are revolving doors in the middle of this entrance.

  • 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 not clearly marked.

  • The steps are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

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

  • There is not level access to the service.

  • The main doors consist of two single width doors positioned either side of the revolving door, both of these doors open automatically and are operable via a push pad are single width.

  • The door opening is 86cm (2ft 9in) wide.

  • This is a power assisted door.

  • There are revolving doors in the middle of this entrance.

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

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

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

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

  • There is level access to the service.

  • Lighting levels are varied.

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

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

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting level is low.

  • The steps are not 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 a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located in the main foyer area on level 1.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

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

  • The lift is 36m (39yd) from accessible entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 126cm x 126cm (4ft 2in x 4ft 2in).

  • The clear door width is 84cm (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 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.

  • The reception desk is 7m (22ft 12in) from the lift.

  • 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 portable loop.

  • Staff are trained to use system.

  • The Avon Room is located on the second floor. It is a partially raked Lecture / Conference Facility that can accommodate up to 400 students.

  • There is an adjoining lounge area (shown in photograph 2) used for refreshments during conferences or a waiting area during examinations. The lounge area is accessed via steps or a platform lift.

  • There are steps to access this area / service.

  • The steps are located at the rear of the room.

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

  • Lighting levels at the steps are medium.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

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

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located at the rear of the room.

  • The lift is a platform lift.

  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.

  • The lift is 35m (38yd) from lift.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 86cm x 126cm (2ft 10in x 4ft 2in).

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

  • 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.

  • This lift overcomes the steps at the back of the Avon Room to access the lounge area.

  • There is a moderate ramp in front of this lift on the Avon Room side.

  • 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 20m (22yd) from the accessible entrance.

  • The accessible toilet is located in the main foyer shop area on level 1.

  • 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 84cm (2ft 9in).

  • The door is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 170cm x 230cm (5ft 7in x 7ft 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 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 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 not 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • The toilet roll holder is 104cm (3ft 5in) high.

  • 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 fair.

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

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • Standard toilets are available.

  • The female and male toilets are located in the main foyer shop area on level 1.

  • The female and male toilets are 22m (24yd) from the accessible entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • There are additional standard toilets on level 2, by the Avon Room.

  • Staff do not 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.