F Block

Harrow Campus, Watford Road, Northwick Park, Middlesex HA1 3TP

020 7911 5000

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Guide Last Updated: 07/03/2017

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Access Guide

  • The ground floor of F Block is located off The Street. There is ramped access from the upper ground level, and stepped from the ground level, of The Street.

  • The first floor is accessed via a linked bridge from J Block. Please see the separate guide for J block for access information to the link bridge.

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

  • This venue is situated in Harrow.

  • The nearest mainline station is Kenton.

  • The nearest underground station is Northwick Park.

  • The venue does have its own car park.

  • Parking is not free for all users.

  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.

  • The car park is located to the side of the venue.

  • The car park type is open air/surface.

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

  • There is/are 3 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 260cm x 380cm (8ft 6in x 12ft 6in).

  • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.

  • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

  • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main 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.

  • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.

  • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.

  • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.

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

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

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

  • There is not level access into the venue.

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

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The width of the door opening is 224cm (7ft 4in).

  • 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 224cm (7ft 4in).

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

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

  • The ramp/slope is easy.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • The ramp does not have handrails.

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  • The desk/counter is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

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

  • The lighting levels are medium.

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

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

  • The desk/counter is staffed.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

  • There are security barriers, 53cm and 103cm wide, just past reception, leading into the main areas and The Street.

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

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

  • The ramp/slope is located next to the Library entrance.

  • The ramp/slope is moderate.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

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

  • 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 next to the Library entrance.

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

  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.

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

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

  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).

  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.

  • The ramp has handrails both sides, and overcomes the steps mentioned.

  • The ramp and steps lead into The Street from the main entrance foyer.

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

  • The ramp/slope is located between the ground and upper ground floors.

  • The ramp/slope is moderate.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • The width of the ramp/slope is 108cm (3ft 7in).

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

  • The step(s) is/are located between the ground and upper ground floors.

  • There is/are 7 step(s) to the area/service.

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

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

  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).

  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.

  • The ramp is used to bypass the steps.

  • These are located midway through The Street.

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  • This information is for the entrance located off The Street.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • 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 85cm (2ft 9in).

  • There is a second set of doors.

  • The 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 88cm (2ft 11in).

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

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

  • The ramp/slope is located off the upper ground floor level of The Street.

  • The ramp/slope is easy.

  • 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 the right going up.

  • The width of the ramp/slope is 98cm (3ft 3in).

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

  • The step(s) is/are located off the ground floor level of The Street.

  • There is/are 10 step(s) to the area/service.

  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.

  • 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 height (11cm - 17cm).

  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).

  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.

  • The ramp is located just past the ramp and steps to the upper ground floor, and has a handrail on the left hand side going up.

  • The steps are located opposite J Block.

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  • The desk/counter is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the block entrance.

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

  • The lighting levels are medium.

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

  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.

  • The desk/counter is staffed.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

  • Staff are trained to use the system.

  • Monday 11:00 - 16:00.

  • Tuesday 11:00 - 16:00.

  • Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00.

  • Thursday 11:00 - 16:00.

  • Friday 11:00 - 16:00.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

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  • The desk/counter is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the block entrance.

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

  • The lighting levels are medium.

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

  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.

  • The desk/counter is not staffed.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

  • Staff are trained to use the system.

  • Monday 11:00 - 18:00.

  • Tuesday 11:00 - 18:00.

  • Wednesday 11:00 - 18:00.

  • Thursday 11:00 - 18:00.

  • Friday 11:00 - 16:00.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

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  • This information is for the entrance located off the link bridge from J Block.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

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

  • The door(s) is / are single.

  • The width of the door opening is 104cm (3ft 5in).

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

  • The ramp/slope is located on the link bridge from J Block.

  • 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 107cm (3ft 6in).

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  • The desk/counter is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the first floor entrance.

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

  • The lighting levels are bright.

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

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

  • The desk/counter is staffed.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a portable loop.

  • Staff are trained to use the system.

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  • There is level access to the service(s).

  • This venue does not play background music.

  • The lighting levels are varied.

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

  • A portable hearing loop is available to use throughout the Central and North West London NHS Trust Recovery and Training Centre.

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

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access 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.

  • There are also steps to the side of the building, which also access the floors of the E Block.

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  • 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 30m (32yd 2ft) from the first floor entrance.

  • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of the first floor.

  • 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 twist lock.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 170cm x 218cm (5ft 7in x 7ft 2in).

  • 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 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 49cm (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 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 toilet seat colour contrast is poor.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

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  • Standard toilet facilities are available.

  • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the rear of first floor, by the stairs.

  • The female and male toilets are approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the first floor entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • These toilets contain cubicles with grab rails and doors that open outwards.

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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.