Bennett Building

University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH

0116 252 2522

www.le.ac.uk

Guide Last Updated: 08/06/2017

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Access Guide

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Department of Geology on the ground floor and first floor and the Department of Geography on the 1st floor.

  • 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.

  • The University Campus is located to the south of Leicester City Centre, accessed via University Road. This leads off London Road (A6) and Welford Road (A5199), both of which lead south off of the Inner Ring Road (A594).

  • Parking on campus is very limited, but there are several public car parks nearby.

  • Bus routes 47, 47a, 48, 48a, 80 and 80a stop on University Road, close to this building.

  • Leicester Station is located on the south side of the City Centre, just off the Inner Ring Road. University Road can be reached from here using the 48 or 80 bus. Leicester is on the London - Sheffield and the Birmingham - Stansted lines.

  • The car park is located off University Road.

  • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Bennet Building.

  • The car park type is open air/surface.

  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.

  • The car park surface is tarmac.

  • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.

  • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked and signposted.

  • There is/are 5 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.

  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 323cm x 580cm (10ft 7in x 19ft).

  • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.

  • This car park can be used by visitors.

  • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.

  • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.

  • There is sloped access to the car park from the University Road.

  • This car park is not clearly signposted from the University Road.

  • The nearest designated bay is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Bennet Building.

  • This car park can be used by visitors, but permits must be applied for in advance and displayed otherwise a penalty notice will be issued. A Permit only gives a right to search for a space.

  • This car park has a barrier at the entrance. People wishing to access the car park need to press a button on the barrier to talk to security.

  • This button to the intercom can be reached from a vehicle.

  • Access to the Bennett Building from the car park requires a swipe card.

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  • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.

  • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.

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

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The width of the door opening is 97cm (3ft 2in).

  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

  • There is a second set of doors.

  • The door(s) open(s) automatically.

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The width of the door opening is 97cm (3ft 2in).

  • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).

  • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.

  • The ramp is permanent.

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

  • The ramp does have handrails.

  • The handrails are on the right going up.

  • The width of the ramp is 114cm (3ft 9in).

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

  • There is / are 7 step(s) to access the entrance.

  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).

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

  • The step(s) is / are medium (11cm - 17cm).

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are in the centre.

  • There is a single door to the right of the entrance that is push pad activated.

  • This entrance is only accessed by the ramp/slope.

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  • The Department of Geology and Department of Geography Administration Office is located to the right of the main entrance as you enter.

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

  • Clear signage for the reception area is not visible from the entrance.

  • There is step free access to this reception area.

  • The lighting levels in the reception area are medium.

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

  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.

  • The desk is staffed.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

  • The hearing assistance system is signed.

  • Staff are trained to use the system.

  • Monday 08:30 - 17:00.

  • Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00.

  • Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00.

  • Thursday 08:30 - 17:00.

  • Friday 08:30 - 17:00.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

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  • There is/are 3 unmarked step(s), with a central handrail, for access to the upper section in the main foyer.

  • The step(s) is/are shallow (2cm - 10cm).

  • There is a moderate ramp, with handrails on both sides, for access to the upper section in the main foyer.

  • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).

  • The level change from the ground to the upper section of the foyer is shown in photographs three and four.

  • There is/are 3 clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to Astronomy research laboratory.

  • The step(s) is/are shallow (2cm - 10cm).

  • The level change to the Astronomy research laboratory is shown in photograph five.

  • There is/are 3 unmarked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to Lecture Theatre 2, 3 and 4.

  • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).

  • There is a moderate ramp, with handrails on both sides, for access to Lecture Theatre 2, 3 and 4.

  • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).

  • This level change is shown in photos six and seven.

  • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.

  • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.

  • There is clearly written and pictorial directional signage at key points of circulation routes.

  • There is flooring in corridors with a very shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.

  • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all corridors.

  • The lighting levels are varied.

  • This building does not play background music.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

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  • There is step free access throughout the area.

  • The ramp shown in photograph two is located within the Bennett Building link.

  • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.

  • There is not clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.

  • There is no directional signage at key points of circulation routes.

  • There is flooring in corridors with a very shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.

  • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in the majority of corridors.

  • The lighting levels are varied.

  • This building does not play background music.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

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

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell on the basement floor.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • 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 a landing.

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  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B-LG-G.

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • The steps are not clearly marked.

  • The steps are deep (18cm+).

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps have a handrail on both sides.

  • There is a landing.

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

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • The steps are not clearly marked.

  • The steps are deep (18cm+).

  • The steps do have handrails.

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

  • There is not a landing.

  • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are additional research rooms.

  • This staircase is a spiral staircase.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located opposite the stairs to the lower ground floor.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

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

  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.

  • The lift is approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 145cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 9in).

  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).

  • 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 does not have a hearing loop system.

  • The lift does not have Braille markings.

  • The lift does have tactile markings.

  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.

  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located straight ahead as you exit the main lift.

  • The lift is a platform lift.

  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.

  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.

  • The lift is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the lift entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 90cm x 130cm (2ft 11in x 4ft 3in).

  • The clear door width is 84cm (2ft 9in).

  • 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 not have a visual floor indicator.

  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.

  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.

  • The lift does not have Braille markings.

  • The lift does have tactile markings.

  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.

  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

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  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

  • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.

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

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the lift entrance.

  • This accessible toilet is located on the lower ground floor, opposite the lift entrance.

  • There is level access to this accessible toilet.

  • This is by lift.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is required for the accessible toilet.

  • The key is a radar key.

  • The door opens outwards.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 88cm (2ft 11in).

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 176cm x 300cm (5ft 9in x 9ft 10in).

  • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space 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 102cm (3ft 4in).

  • 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 pull cord alarm in the cubicle.

  • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.

  • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.

  • There is a/are coat hook(s).

  • Wall-mounted grab 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 not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a mirror.

  • 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 47cm (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).

  • The height of the hand dryer is 106cm (3ft 6in).

  • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • The height of the toilet roll holder is 103cm (3ft 5in).

  • There is a wash basin.

  • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The wash basin 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 wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.

  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.

  • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

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  • Shower facilities are available.

  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located on the lower ground floor.

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

  • There is a deep step to access the shower.

  • The shower has a fixed shower head and twist/turn controls.

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  • Standard toilet facilities are available.

  • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the basement floor and the first floor.

  • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the lower ground floor.

  • The female and male toilets are 3m (3yd 10in) from the lift entrance.

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

  • This is by lift.

  • Lighting levels are bright.

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