Wills Memorial Building

University of Bristol, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ

0117 954 5219

conference-office@bristol.ac.uk; earth-enquiries@bristol.ac.uk; law-ug-office@bristol.ac.uk

www.bristol.ac.uk

Guide Last Updated: 18/11/2016

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Access Guide

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Great Hall, Reception Room, Old Council Chamber, Lecture Theatres, other general teaching and function rooms, Earth Sciences - teaching rooms and labs, the Law School - teaching rooms, the Wills Memorial Library.

  • The contact details for the School of Earth Sciences are:-.

  • Tel: 0117 954 5400.

  • Fax:0117 954 5420.

  • Email: earth-enquiries@bristol.ac.uk.

  • The contact details for the University of Bristol Law School are:-.

  • Tel: 0117 394 1638.

  • Email: law-ug-office@bristol.ac.uk.

  • The contact details for the Wills Memorial Library are:-.

  • Tel: 0117 954 5398.

  • Email: lib-wills@bristol.ac.uk.

  • This building is used for conferences, events, graduation ceremonies, exams, open days and other external events.

  • Monday 07:00 - 22:00.

  • Tuesday 07:00 - 22:00.

  • Wednesday 07:00 - 22:00.

  • Thursday 07:00 - 22:00.

  • Friday 07:00 - 22:00.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

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

  • This venue is situated in Bristol.

  • The nearest National Rail station is Clifton Down.

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

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

  • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).

  • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.

  • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are available.

  • Standard marked parking bays are located on Park Row outside the building, and Park Street and Berkeley Avenue opposite.

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

  • The standard on street parking is pay and display, with a 2 hour maximum stay.

  • It is free for Blue Badge holders.

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, off Queens Road.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main door(s) open away from you (push).

  • The doors are double width.

  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.

  • The door opening is 284cm (9ft 4in) wide.

  • There is a second set of doors.

  • The door(s) open away from you (push).

  • The doors are double width.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The door opening is 258cm (8ft 6in) wide.

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.

  • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.

  • There is / are 7 step(s) to the area / service.

  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.

  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is / are medium.

  • The steps do not have handrails.

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, to the left of the main entrance as you face it.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main door(s) open automatically (towards you).

  • The doors are single width.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The door opening is 100cm (3ft 3in) wide.

  • A UCard is required to use this entrance, which opens the door on the right automatically.

  • The door on the left can be opened manually.

  • 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.

  • The desk is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • The reception desk is low (76cm or lower).

  • The desk is staffed.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • This desk is located just inside the main entrance, next to the Estates Assistants' Lodge.

  • There is level access to the service.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The system is a fixed loop.

  • Staff are trained to use the system.

  • This venue does not play background music.

  • The lighting levels are varied.

  • Photograph 1 shows the Reception Room on floor 1.

  • Photograph 2 shows the Old Council Chamber on floor 1.

  • The platform at the front of the chamber is accessed by a medium step.

  • The chamber also contains a fixed hearing loop.

  • There is also a hearing loop fitted in the S.H. Reynolds Lecture Theatre on the ground floor, which also has level access and designated spaces at the front, and a push pad operated automatic door, 92cm (3ft) wide to access (photographs 3 and 4).

  • The doors leading to the ground floor areas, between the stairs leading up to the Great Hall are touch pad operated double automatic doors (photograph 5).

  • Lecture rooms 3.32 and 3.30 on floor 3 do not have fixed seating at the front, but deep marked steps up to the stage / lectern (photographs 6-8).

  • They also have loops fitted.

  • Coutts Lecture Theatre on floor 3 has level access to the front but no designated spaces for wheelchair users (photograph 9).

  • It contains a fixed loop.

  • There are also hearing loops fixed in seminar rooms 1.5 (photograph 10) and 5.68.

  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B-G-1-2-3-4-5-6.

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • The steps are not clearly marked.

  • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps have a handrail on both sides.

  • There is a landing.

  • The services / areas on the floors which are not accessible are staff offices 6.75 -6.80 on floor 6.

  • The stairs to floor 6 are deep, marked with a landing and a handrail on the right hand side going up only (photographs 4-6).

  • There are also stairs in the far right hand corner of the building, accessing floors B-G-1-2-3-4.

  • These are deep, marked with handrails both sides and landings (photographs 7-8).

  • In the foyer there are two sets of 15+ medium, unmarked steps, with handrails either side and a landing, just inside the main entrance leading up to the Great Hall on floor 1 (photographs 9-10).

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located towards the rear of the ground floor, in the Earth Sciences area, past the automatic doors.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

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

  • The lift is 35m (38yd 10in) from the accessible entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 152cm x 135cm (4ft 12in x 4ft 5in).

  • The clear door width is 94cm (3ft 1in).

  • 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 does not have Braille markings.

  • The lift does have tactile markings.

  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.

  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

  • This lift is for the use of staff and students with disabilities only.

  • The main level of the hall is accessed from the first floor.

  • The seating is not fixed on this level.

  • The balcony is accessed from the second floor.

  • The balcony seating is fixed, but there is level access to back.

  • There are 9 medium, unmarked steps with handrails both sides leading up to the stage (photograph 3).

  • The desk is 33m (36yd 3in) from the accessible entrance.

  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • The reception desk is high (110cm+).

  • The desk has a low (76cm or lower) section.

  • The desk is generally staffed.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • Monday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Thursday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Friday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.

  • The step(s) is / are located at the end of the corridor at the rear to the right.

  • There is / are 9 step(s) to the area / service.

  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.

  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is / are deep.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on the right going up.

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

  • The lift does bypass the step(s).

  • The stairs and lift lead up to the Lewis Wing, containing Law Teaching rooms and staff offices.

  • There are also 6 medium, unmarked steps with handrails both side to the right of these, leading to the Earth Sciences A.R. Hook Lab, Skills Lab, Post Graduate rooms and staff offices (photograph 2).

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located on the stairs leading up to the Lewis Wing.

  • The lift is a platform lift.

  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.

  • The lift is 64m (69yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 76cm x 105cm (2ft 6in x 3ft 5in).

  • The lift does not have Braille markings.

  • The lift does not have tactile markings.

  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.

  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.

  • The step(s) is / are located to the far right from the main lift, by the stairs.

  • There is / are 6 step(s) to the area / service.

  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.

  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is / are medium.

  • The steps do not have handrails.

  • These steps lead down to the Diamond Preparation Lab, IR Lab, H T Furnace Lab and the Workshop.

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.

  • The step(s) is / are located along the corridor on the left of the Great Hall.

  • There is / are 9 step(s) to the area / service.

  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.

  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is / are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on the right going up.

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

  • The lift does bypass the step(s).

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located on the stairs to the left of the Great Hall.

  • The lift is a platform lift.

  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.

  • The lift is 32m (34yd 2ft) from the main lift.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 90cm (3ft 3in x 2ft 11in).

  • The lift does not have Braille markings.

  • The lift does not have tactile markings.

  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.

  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.

  • The step(s) is / are located to the right on exiting the lift, past the Great Hall Balcony.

  • There is / are 10 step(s) to the area / service.

  • The lighting levels at the steps are bright.

  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is / are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

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

  • The lift does bypass the step(s).

  • There are two sets of steps here, with a landing between.

  • There are 6 steps with the handrail on the left hand side going up, then 4 steps with the handrail on the right.

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located on the stairs to the right on exiting the main lift.

  • The lift is a platform lift.

  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.

  • The lift is 14m (15yd 11in) from the main lift.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 105cm x 77cm (3ft 5in x 2ft 6in).

  • The lift does not have Braille markings.

  • The lift does not have tactile markings.

  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.

  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

  • There are two identical lifts, one for each set of stairs.

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.

  • The step(s) is / are located to left as you exit the main lift.

  • There is / are 11 step(s) to the area / service.

  • The lighting levels at the steps are bright.

  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is / are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on the right going up.

  • There are 4 more medium marked steps with no handrail at the far end of the corridor leading up to staff offices 3.40-3.63, also overcome by a lift (photograph 2).

  • Past these, there are a further 4 steps up to staff offices 3.34 - 3,38. These are not overcome by a lift (photograph 3).

  • There are also 3 deep, unmarked steps with handrails both sides just before the first set of steps and lift, leading to Tutor's Room 3.27 (photograph 4).

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located on the stairs to right of the main lift as you exit.

  • The lift is a platform lift.

  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.

  • The lift is 11m (12yd 1in) from the main lift.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 105cm x 77cm (3ft 5in x 2ft 6in).

  • The lift does not have Braille markings.

  • The lift does not have tactile markings.

  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.

  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

  • There is an identical lift on the steps at the far end of the corridor, 22m (24yd) from this lift (photograph 3).

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.

  • The step(s) is / are located to the right on exiting the main lift, past the Post Graduate Research Room 5.69.

  • There is / are 6 step(s) to the area / service.

  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.

  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is / are deep.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on the right going up.

  • These steps lead up to the Law Staff offices 5.70 - 5.74.

  • 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 in audio format.

  • There is an ordering service.

  • The library does have computers with accessible software.

  • Assitive Software available includes Inspiration, Read and Write GOLD and Zoomtext.

  • Other software and auxiliary aids can be made available via the Library Dyslexia and Disability Team. Staff and students requiring these services need to register with the team.

  • Photograph 2 shows one of the group study rooms.

  • Photograph 6 shows the issue and return machines opposite the reception desk.

  • The touch screen for these machines are 136cm (4ft 6in) high, so may not be accessible to some wheelchair users.

  • Photographs 7 and 8 show the short loan books area, which also contains an issue and return machine.

  • Monday 08:45 - 21:45.

  • Tuesday 08:45 - 21:45.

  • Wednesday 08:45 - 21:45.

  • Thursday 08:45 - 21:45.

  • Friday 08:45 - 19:00.

  • Saturday 08:45 - 19:00.

  • Sunday 10:00 - 19:00.

  • The desk is 46m (50yd 11in) from the main lift.

  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.

  • This is by lift.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • The reception desk is low (76cm or lower).

  • The desk is generally staffed.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

  • Staff are trained to use the system.

  • There are security barriers, 90cm (2ft 11in), next to the desk to enter the library.

  • There are also barriers 100cm (3ft 3in) to exit the library.

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

  • There are 14 steps between floors.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are deep (18cm+).

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps have a handrail on both sides.

  • There is not a landing.

  • The services / areas on the floors which are not accessible are journals and some law books.

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

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

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

  • The accessible toilet is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.

  • The accessible toilet is located straight ahead from the accessible entrance.

  • 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 width of the accessible toilet door is 80cm (2ft 7in).

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 204cm x 330cm (6ft 8in x 10ft 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 both sides.

  • The lateral transfer space is 87cm (2ft 10in).

  • 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 an emergency alarm in the cubicle.

  • The emergency alarm is fully functional.

  • 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.

  • 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 not a toilet roll holder.

  • 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 good.

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

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • The door for the toilet is a touch pad operated automatic door.

  • It is also locked by a touch pad.

  • This toilet also contains a baby change table, 96cm (3ft 2in) high.

  • There is also an accessible toilet located on floor 2, to the left as you exit the lift.

  • It has a smaller cubicle, with the transfer space to the right only and no alarm.

  • Standard toilets are available.

  • The female and male toilets are located straight ahead from the accessible entrance, either side of the accessible toilet.

  • The female and male toilets are 6m (6yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • The male toilets are to the left as you enter.

  • The female are to the right.

  • There are also male and female toilets opposite the main lift on floors 3, 4 and 5, and staff only toilets on floor 2.

  • There is also a female toilet at the far end of the raised area of floor 3.

  • 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 Text Relay aware.

  • There are some fire alarm strobes to notify hearing impaired people of an evacuation.

  • Fire alarm strobes are located only in the Great Hall.

  • There is level egress from the ground floor.

  • There is stepped egress from the ground floor.

  • There is sloped egress from the ground floor.

  • There is a refuge point in this building.

  • There is not an evacuation chair for the building.

  • There is not an evacuation lift for the building.