Physics and Astronomy Building

University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH

0116 252 2522

www.le.ac.uk

Guide Last Updated: 06/07/2017

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Access Guide

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

  • Monday 08:00 - 18:00.

  • Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00.

  • Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00.

  • Thursday 08:00 - 18:00.

  • Friday 08:00 - 18:00.

  • 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 Mayor's Walk.

  • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Leicester Law School, Computer Sciences Building, Ken Edwards, Percy Gee Building Students Union.

  • 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 4 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.

  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 253cm x 490cm (8ft 4in x 16ft 1in).

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

  • 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 library.

  • This car park is clearly signposted from the Mayor's Walk.

  • The nearest designated bay is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the David Wilson Library.

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.

  • There is a site/campus car park for staff, students and visitors within approximately 200m.

  • The name of the car park is main square car park.

  • The car park is located in the main square.

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front 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(s) towards you (pull).

  • The door(s) is / are single.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 102cm (3ft 4in).

  • 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 moderate.

  • 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 both sides.

  • The width of the ramp is 118cm (3ft 10in).

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

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

  • There is / are 5 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.

  • The steps do not have handrails.

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

  • There is stepped access at this entrance.

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

  • The doors are single.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The door opening is 99cm (3ft 3in) wide.

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

  • There is / are 8 step(s) to the area / service.

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

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

  • The step(s) is / are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are in the centre.

  • The main reception is located straight ahead as you enter from the stepped entrance.

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

  • The reception area is clearly 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 not signed.

  • Staff are trained to use the system.

  • There is step free access throughout the building.

  • There is/are 3 unmarked step(s), with no handrails, for access to the upper ground level.

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

  • There is a moderate ramp, with no handrails, for access to the upper ground floor.

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

  • This level change is just after you enter from the accessible entrance.

  • 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 poor 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.

  • 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 enting the lecture theatre at the rear and have to go down the stairs to access the speaker area.

  • 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).

  • 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).

  • There are 4 lecture theatres - A, B, C and D located on the ground floor and all are level access theatres.

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located at the rear of the central staircase.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

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

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

  • The lift is approximately 40m (43yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 160cm x 145cm (5ft 3in x 4ft 9in).

  • The clear door width is 120cm (3ft 11in).

  • 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 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.

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

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell on all floors.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • 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.

  • There are 3 similar staircases within the building. There is one located centrally in the building and one at either end.

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

  • 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 14m (15yd 11in) from the accessible entrance.

  • This accessible toilet is located on the left as you enter the building, near the lecture theatres.

  • 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 outwards.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 77cm (2ft 6in).

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 290cm x 160cm (9ft 6in x 5ft 3in).

  • 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 90cm (2ft 11in).

  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.

  • There is a flush, however it is not 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 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 43cm (1ft 5in).

  • 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 fair.

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

  • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • There is a electric overhead hoist located within the accessible toilet.

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.

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

  • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the left as you enter the building.

  • The female and male toilets are 12m (13yd 4in) from the accessible entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are bright.