Wimbledon College of Arts - Main Building

Merton Hall Road, London SW19 3QA

020 7514 9641

info@wimbledon.arts.ac.uk

www.arts.ac.uk/wimbledon

Guide Last Updated: 03/07/2015

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Access Guide

  • Services / facilities within the building include the student contact desk, administration offices, studios, library and a lecture theatre.

  • Services / facilities within the grounds include the canteen, student shop, postgraduate costume studios, resin workshop and Theatre Design Building.

  • The parking is shared with the Reception Building. .

  • The furthest bay is 33m from the accessible entrance to this building.

  • Monday 08:30 - 20:30.

  • Tuesday 08:30 - 20:30.

  • Wednesday 08:30 - 20:30.

  • Thursday 08:30 - 20:30.

  • Friday 08:30 - 19:30.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

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

  • This venue is situated in London.

  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.

  • The nearest National Rail station is Wimbledon / Wimbledon Chase.

  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

  • There is not a tram stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

  • The nearest underground station is Wimbledon.

  • Note that Wimbledon station is accessible, with lifts/ slopes to platforms.

  • Wimbledon Chase station has access by steps only.

  • The venue does have its own car park.

  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.

  • The car park is located in front of the Main Entrance Building.

  • The car park type is open air/surface.

  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.

  • There is/are 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 365cm x 490cm (11ft 12in x 16ft 1in).

  • The nearest designated bay is 14m (15yd 11in) from the Reception Building entrance.

  • The furthest designated bay is 17m (18yd 1ft) from the Reception Building entrance.

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

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

  • The car park surface is tarmac.

  • The patron does not have to cross a road.

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

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

  • The gate to the car park is normally closed and needs to be unlocked by security staff as required.

  • There are on-street pay and display parking bays in the road outside the venue.

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  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building facing Merton Hall Road.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The intercom is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.

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

  • The automatic doors are push pad activated.

  • The doors are double width.

  • The door opening is 155cm (5ft 1in) wide.

  • This door is for the use of disabled staff / students only and is operated by key code.

  • The key pad is 110 cm high.

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  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.

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

  • The ramp or slope is located to the left of the entrance.

  • The ramp or slope 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.

  • 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 1 step(s) to the area / service.

  • 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 step is not normally used as it is on a path directly from the street whose gate is usually kept locked.

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  • This information is for the entrance located to the left side of the building on the approach from the car park/ Main Reception Building.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

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

  • The doors are single width.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The door opening is 78cm (2ft 7in) wide.

  • There is a second set of doors.

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

  • The doors are single width.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The door opening is 106cm (3ft 6in) wide.

  • The card reader is located to the left of the second door.

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  • 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 2 step(s) to the area / service.

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

  • The step(s) is / are deep.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.

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  • This information is for the entrance located from the rear courtyard into the main building foyer.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

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

  • The automatic doors are push pad activated.

  • The doors are single width.

  • The door opening is 103cm (3ft 5in) wide.

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  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.

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

  • The ramp or slope is located from the courtyard ahead up to the entrance.

  • The ramp or slope 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.

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

  • The step(s) is / are located to the left of the door.

  • There is / are 2 step(s) to the area / service.

  • 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.

  • There is tactile paving to mark the steps.

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

  • There is not level access into the venue.

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

  • The doors are single width.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The door opening is 73cm (2ft 5in) wide.

  • There is a second set of doors.

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

  • The doors are double width.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The door opening is 138cm (4ft 6in) wide.

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  • 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 3 step(s) to the area / service.

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

  • The step(s) is / are deep.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.

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

  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • The reception desk is medium height (77cm - 109cm).

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

  • The desk is generally staffed.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

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  • The counter is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.

  • There is level access to the counter from the entrance.

  • The height of the counter is high.

  • There is not a lowered section.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • Monday 09:30 - 12:30.

  • Tuesday 09:30 - 12:30.

  • Wednesday Closed.

  • Thursday 09:30 - 12:30.

  • Friday 09:30 - 12:30.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

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  • There is not level access to the service.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • This venue does not play background music.

  • The lighting levels are varied.

  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

  • The building mainly contains studios and workshop spaces.

  • There is level access to the lecture theatre using the lift.

  • The lecture theatre has a level floor and flexible non-fixed seating.

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

  • 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 stairs are located just off the main foyer, oppsite the lift.

  • There are similar stairs towards the rear of the building.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located off the main corridor, just off the main foyer.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

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

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

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 140cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 7in).

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

  • 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 not have an audible announcer.

  • The lift does 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.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located at the rear stairs.

  • The lift is a stair lift.

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

  • The lift is 60m (65yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 77cm x 88cm (2ft 6in x 2ft 11in).

  • The clear door width is 77cm (2ft 6in).

  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.

  • The lift does not have Braille markings.

  • The lift does not have tactile markings.

  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

  • The stair lift pre-dates the main lift and is not normally in use.

  • It could be made available if the main lift was out of service.

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  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.

  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the door to studio 1A at the first floor rear of the building.

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

  • The ramp does not have handrails.

  • The width of the ramp or slope is 96cm (3ft 2in).

  • This is a short ramp just in front of the doorway.

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  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.

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

  • The ramp or slope is located on the second floor landing, outside the iift.

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

  • The ramp does have handrails.

  • The handrails are on the left going up.

  • The width of the ramp or slope is 88cm (2ft 11in).

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

  • The step(s) is / are located from the landing to the second part of the ramp.

  • There is / are 1 step(s) to the area / service.

  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.

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

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on the right going up.

  • The second section of the ramp is the full width of the corridor and does not have handrails.

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

  • The step(s) is / are located after the room entrance, from the first floor corridor level down into the meeting room.

  • There is / are 5 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 have handrails.

  • The handrails are on the right going up.

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  • The meeting room is located down the corridor to your right when you exit the lift on the first floor.

  • The door is heavy, push to open and has a width of 78cm.

  • The tables are 68cm in height and are moveable.

  • The chairs are standard with no armrests.

  • There is a kitchen located as part of the room if you turn right at the bottom of the stairs after entering the room.

  • It includes a microwave, a sink with a height of 90cm that has twist turn taps and a towel dispenser with a height of 141cm.

  • The light switch is at a height of 138cm.

  • The meeting room is 21m from the lift.

  • There is no accessible toilet on this floor.

  • The nearest accessible toilet is located on the ground floor 6m from the lift for a total of 27m.

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  • The room is located down the corridor on your left when entering the building.

  • The door is light, push to open and has a width of 85cm.

  • There is a bed at a height of 51cm available, as well as a fold-up chair and a wheelchair.

  • There are crutches available.

  • There is a sink available with a height of 82cm.

  • It has twist and turn taps.

  • There is a towel dispenser at a height of 14cm.

  • Prayer mats are available in the room.

  • The light switch is located outside the door to the right and is 142cm.

  • The room is 9m from the entrance and 18m from the nearest accessible toilet.

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  • This information is for the entrance located off the main first floor corridor, 9m from the lift.

  • There is level access into the venue.

  • Level access is via lift.

  • The main door(s) open automatically.

  • The automatic doors are push pad activated.

  • The doors are double width.

  • The door opening is 120cm (3ft 11in) wide.

  • After the doors there is 96cm between the security sensors.

  • There is a slight lip in the floor surface and an easy slope at the security sensor.

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  • 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 have a regular supply of books on tape or disc.

  • There is an ordering service.

  • The library does have computers with accessible software.

  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.

  • A large text keyboard, height adjustable table, and height adjustable chair is / are available.

  • Other computer auxiliary aids include track pads, wireless keyboard and mouse, Wacom tablets.

  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes Big Reader magnifer.

  • Accessible software includes Mac Read and Write, Kurtzweil, Inspiration, Dragon.

  • Monday 09:30 - 20:30.

  • Tuesday 09:30 - 20:30.

  • Wednesday 09:30 - 20:30.

  • Thursday 09:30 - 20:30.

  • Friday 10:00 - 19:30.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

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  • The desk is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the library 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 generally staffed.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

  • Staff are trained to use the system.

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

  • There are 15+ steps between 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.

  • By arrangement, these stairs can be bypassed using the main lift to the second floor.

  • The library is then reached through a staff office.

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  • This information is for the entrance located from the rear courtyard, next to the canteen.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

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

  • The doors are single width.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The door opening is 98cm (3ft 3in) wide.

  • The postgraduate costume studios are in a detached single-storey building in the rear courtyard of the main building.

  • Once inside there is level access to the studio space.

  • There are no toilets in this building.

  • The nearest accessible and standard toilet are in the canteen.

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  • 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.

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

  • The ramp does not have handrails.

  • The width of the ramp or slope is 190cm (6ft 3in).

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

  • There is not level access into the venue.

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

  • The doors are single width.

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

  • There is a second set of doors.

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

  • The doors are single width.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The door opening is 102cm (3ft 4in) wide.

  • The first doors open from the main building into the courtyard.

  • There is a covered walkway to the second set of doors which access the canteen.

  • The second doors are intended to be automatic via pushpad but this was not working on the day of the survey (March 2015).

  • The doors into the courtyard also give access to the postgraduate costume studios.

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  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.

  • The ramp or slope is located from the main building corridor down towards the doors to the courtyard.

  • The ramp or slope is easy.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

  • The ramp does not have handrails.

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  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.

  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.

  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.

  • No tables are permanently fixed.

  • No chairs are permanently fixed.

  • No chairs have armrests.

  • The nearest table is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the canteen entrance.

  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 67cm (2ft 2in).

  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.

  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.

  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.

  • Drinking straws are not available.

  • Menus are wall only.

  • Menus are not available in Braille.

  • Menus are not available in large print.

  • Picture menus are not available.

  • Menus are clearly written.

  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.

  • The type of food served here is hot meals and snacks.

  • Some seating on sofas is also available.

  • Monday 09:00 - 16:00.

  • Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00.

  • Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00.

  • Thursday 09:00 - 16:00.

  • Friday 09:00 - 16:00.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

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  • This information is for the entrance located from the rear left courtyard into the resin workshop.

  • There is level access into the venue.

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

  • The doors are double width.

  • The door(s) is / are light.

  • The door opening is 130cm (4ft 3in) wide.

  • This is a self-contained workshop which does not have access from within the main building.

  • The nearest accessible toilet is in the canteen.

  • The nearest standard toilets are in the main building.

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  • This information is for the entrance located at the ground floor of the two storey temporary building. The building is located at the rear of the main building.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

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

  • The doors are single width.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in) wide.

  • There is a second entrance directly to the first floor via an external staircase to the right of the building.

  • This is a detached building without connection to the main building.

  • The nearest toilets are in the main building.

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  • 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 2 step(s) to the area / service.

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

  • The step(s) is / are deep.

  • The steps do not have handrails.

  • The external staircase has 15+ deep, marked steps with handrails to both sides.

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  • This information is for the entrance located from the yard to the left of the main building, oppsite the side entrance.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

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

  • The doors are single width.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The door opening is 86cm (2ft 10in) wide.

  • The college shop is detached from the main building.

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  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.

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

  • The ramp or slope is located to the right of the entrance.

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

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

  • The ramp does have handrails.

  • The handrails are on the left going up.

  • The width of the ramp or slope is 115cm (3ft 9in).

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

  • The step(s) is / are located to the left of the entrance.

  • There is / are 2 step(s) to the area / service.

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

  • The step(s) is / are deep.

  • The steps do not have handrails.

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  • There are accessible toilets 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.

  • The accessible toilet is 50m (54yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.

  • The accessible toilet is located next to the female standard toilets off the ground floor corridor.

  • 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 door is locked by a sliding bolt.

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

  • The door weight is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 153cm x 320cm (5ft x 10ft 6in).

  • 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 right.

  • The lateral transfer space is 86cm (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.

  • The emergency alarm is not fully functional.

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

  • Disposal facilities are not 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 not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.

  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 44cm (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 sink.

  • The sink can 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 poor.

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

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

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  • There are accessible toilets 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.

  • The accessible toilet is 12m (13yd 4in) from the canteen entrance.

  • The accessible toilet is located with the standard toilets, to the left of the serving counter.

  • 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 door is locked by a twist lock.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).

  • The door weight is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 145cm x 190cm (4ft 9in x 6ft 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 right.

  • The lateral transfer space is 70cm (2ft 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.

  • The emergency alarm is not fully functional.

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

  • Disposal facilities are not 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 not 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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • 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 toilet roll holder is 115cm (3ft 9in) high.

  • There is a sink.

  • The sink can 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 medium.

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  • Standard toilets are available.

  • The female toilets are located to the left of the main corridor from the foyer towards the rear of the building.

  • The female toilets are 50m (54yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • The male toilets are located to the left of the ground floor corridor from the foyer towards the rear of the building.

  • The male toilets are 30m (32yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • There are additional standard toilets off the canteen.

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  • 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.

  • All the Wimbledon College buildings are fitted with the Deaf Message Service to give emergency evacuation text message warnings.

  • Details are available from reception.