Ken Edwards Building

University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH

0116 252 2522

www.le.ac.uk

Guide Last Updated: 08/03/2017

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Access Guide

  • Services / facilities within the building include the School of Business, computer rooms, lecture theatres a student common room and the English Language Teaching Unit.

  • 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 Danielle Brown Sports Centre, David Wilson Library.

  • 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 not available.

  • This car park can be used by permit holders.

  • There are no parking charges.

  • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.

  • Signs are clearly presented.

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

  • There is sloped access to the car park from the entrance road.

  • This car park is clearly signposted from the entrance road.

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  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.

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

  • There is not level access into the venue.

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

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 154cm (5ft 1in).

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  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.

  • The ramp/slope is located leading down to the entrance.

  • The ramp/slope is moderate.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

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

  • The ramp does have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

  • The width of the ramp/slope is 144cm (4ft 9in).

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

  • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.

  • The card reader/lock is 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(s) automatically (towards you).

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

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The width of the door opening is 170cm (5ft 7in).

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

  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.

  • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.

  • The ramp is permanent.

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

  • A key card is required to access this building out of hours.

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

  • 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) both ways.

  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 79cm (2ft 7in).

  • 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) towards you (pull).

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The width of the door opening is 170cm (5ft 7in).

  • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.

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

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

  • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.

  • The ramp is permanent.

  • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.

  • The step(s) is / are located to the left as you face the entrance.

  • There is / are 15+ 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 not clearly marked.

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

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

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

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

  • There is step free access to this reception area, via lift.

  • The lighting levels in the reception area are varied.

  • 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 bell to attract attention.

  • The bell is not at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

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

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

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

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

  • There is some 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 areas.

  • The lighting levels are varied.

  • This building does not play background music.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

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  • 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 back.

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

  • There is space for an assistance dog.

  • There is not step free access to the speaker's area at the front of the lecture theatre(s).

  • You enter the lecture theatre at the top of the stairs, so the only way to access the speaker's area is down the stairs.

  • There is staggered seating within the lecture theatre(s).

  • The steps to the staggered seating do not have handrails.

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

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

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

  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the lecture theatre(s) ranges between 73cm and 73cm.

  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.

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

  • There is not sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the lecture theatre(s).

  • Floor coverings in the lecture theatre(s) are not even.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located at the rear of the entrance foyer.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 0-1-2-3-4-5(Mezzanine)-5-6.

  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.

  • The lift is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

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

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

  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).

  • 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 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.

  • There is an additional similar lift located towards the rear of the building.

  • This lift only serves floors 1, 2, 3 and 5.

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  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 0-1-2-3-4-5(Mezzanine)-5-6.

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • There are manual, light, single doors to enter and exit the stairwell on all floors.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • The steps are 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.

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  • 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 Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of the entrance foyer.

  • There are additional accessible toilets located on the 1st, 2nd, mezzanine and 5th floors. There is also another accessible toilet by lecture theatre 3 and the details are similar for all of the accessible toilets.

  • There is level access to this accessible toilet.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.

  • The door opens inwards.

  • 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 310cm x 145cm (10ft 2in x 4ft 9in).

  • Floor manoeuvring space is not 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 80cm (2ft 7in).

  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.

  • There is a flush on the transfer side.

  • The tap type is twist/turn.

  • There is not a mixer tap.

  • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.

  • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.

  • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.

  • Disposal facilities are 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 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 not a hand dryer.

  • There is a towel dispenser.

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

  • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • The height of the towel dispenser is 104cm (3ft 5in).

  • 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 good.

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

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

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  • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the third floor and the fifth floor.

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

  • A male standard toilet was surveyed.

  • The toilet surveyed is located on level two.

  • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.

  • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 11m from the main entrance.

  • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.

  • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are varied.

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