George Porter Building

University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH

0116 252 2522

www.le.ac.uk

Guide Last Updated: 20/02/2017

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Access Guide

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Department of Chemistry.

  • This building is open 08:00 - 18:00 Monday - Friday. The building is locked after 18:00 and entry can only be gained after this time through pre-arrangement with the University.

  • 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 building does have its own dedicated parking.

  • The car park can be used by visitors and permit holders.

  • There are no parking charges.

  • The car park is located in front of the entrance.

  • The car park type is open air/surface.

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

  • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.

  • There is/are 1 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • The Blue Badge bay(s) markings are faded.

  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 250cm x 650cm (8ft 2in x 21ft 4in).

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

  • The nearest designated bay is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.

  • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.

  • The dropped kerb between the car park and the building does not have tactile paving.

  • The car park surface is tarmac.

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

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

  • A key card is required for access at this entrance.

  • The card reader/lock is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.

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

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The width of the door opening is 180cm (5ft 11in).

  • 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 180cm (5ft 11in).

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

  • The ramp/slope gradient is moderate.

  • The ramp is permanent.

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

  • The ramp does have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

  • There is / are 5 step(s) to access the entrance.

  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).

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

  • The step(s) is / are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are in the centre.

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

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

  • A key card is required for access at this entrance.

  • The card reader/lock is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.

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

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

  • The door(s) is/are push pad activated when exiting.

  • The doors are single.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The door opening is 94cm (3ft 1in) wide.

  • The ramp/slope is located to the left as you face the entrance.

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

  • The ramp/slope gradient is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

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

  • The ramp does have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

  • The step(s) is / are located to the right as you face 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 have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

  • The desk is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.

  • There is step free access to this reception area.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

  • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).

  • 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 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.

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

  • There is a landing.

  • There is an additional set of stairs located towards the rear of the building and the details are the same.

  • There is a lift for public use.

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

  • The lift is a standard lift.

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

  • The lift is approximately 28m (30yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 120cm x 155cm (3ft 11in x 5ft 1in).

  • The clear door width is 130cm (4ft 3in).

  • 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 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 90cm - 120cm from the floor.

  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

  • Directional and locational signage for the lecture theatre(s) is available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible.

  • The corridor outside the lecture theatre(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.

  • There is step free access into the lecture theatre(s).

  • The door opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the lecture theatre(s).

  • The door(s) for the lecture theatre(s) is/are not push pad activated.

  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users within the lecture theatre(s).

  • The designated spaces for wheelchairs users are located at the front.

  • There is level access to the designated seating from an entrance.

  • There is space for an assistance dog.

  • There is step free access to the speaker's area at the front of the lecture theatre(s).

  • There is not staggered seating within the lecture theatre(s).

  • There is a hearing assistance system for the lecture theatre(s).

  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the lecture theatre(s).

  • There is some fixed furniture within the lecture theatre(s).

  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.

  • There are no chairs with armrests on both sides within the lecture theatre(s).

  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the lecture theatre(s).

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) 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.

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the lift entrance.

  • This accessible toilet is located on the lower ground floor, near the front staircase.

  • There is level access to this 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 74cm (2ft 5in).

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 210cm x 154cm (6ft 11in x 5ft 1in).

  • 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 85cm (2ft 9in).

  • 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 not available in the cubicle.

  • There is not a/are not 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 not a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • There is not a mirror.

  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).

  • There is not a hand dryer.

  • There is a towel dispenser.

  • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • 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 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 contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.

  • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the lower ground floor.

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

  • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the lift entrance.

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

  • This is by lift.

  • Lighting levels are bright.

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

  • The male toilet(s) is/are 22m (24yd 2in) from the lift entrance.

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

  • This is by lift.

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • There are additional standard male and female toilets located on the 1st floor.