J 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

  • Access to J Block is via The Street. .

  • There are 2 entrances available on opposite sides of the building.

  • 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 not level access into the venue.

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

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 120cm (3ft 11in).

  • There are identical entrances available on the left and right hand sides of the building from The Street.

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

  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrances.

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

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

  • 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.

  • Photograph 2 shows the door on the first floor of the building by the lift, which leads to the first floor entrance to the Central and North West London NHS Trust Recovery and Training Centre in F Block.

  • The door is 104cm wide and opens automatically towards you. A swipe card is required to operated the door, but there is also an intercom, 132cm high, to contact the Recovery and Training Centre reception for access.

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

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • There are manual, heavy, single 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 is a set of stairs on both sides of the building.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located on the right hand side of the building.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

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

  • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the lift lobby on all floors.

  • The lift is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the right hand entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 115cm x 130cm (3ft 9in x 4ft 3in).

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

  • 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 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 medium.

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

  • The ramp/slope is located between the lift and door leading to F Block first floor, and main corridor.

  • 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 both sides.

  • The width of the ramp/slope is 130cm (4ft 3in).

  • The ramp has handrails on both sides.

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  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

  • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.

  • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the right hand entrance.

  • This accessible toilet is located next to the right hand stairwell.

  • There is level access to this accessible toilet.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is required for the accessible toilet.

  • The key is a radar key.

  • The key can be obtained from the main campus reception.

  • The door opens outwards.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).

  • The door is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 170cm (4ft 11in x 5ft 7in).

  • There is not 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 98cm (3ft 3in).

  • 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 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 45cm (1ft 6in).

  • 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 114cm (3ft 9in).

  • 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 toilet seat colour contrast is poor.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • There are alternative adapted toilets available on the 1st and 2nd floors of the building, by the left and right staircases. The toilets by the right stairs have the transfer spaces on the right. Those by the left stairs have the transfer spaces on the left, and also have room for wheelchair users to manoeuvre (shown in photograph 2).

  • There is also an adapted toilet available in the Garden Room on the ground floor, which has the transfer space on the right and the door opens inwards.

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  • Standard toilet facilities are available.

  • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located next to the left hand stairwell.

  • The female and male toilets are approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the left hand entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • There are alternative standard toilets available on each other floor throughout the building.

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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.

  • Staff are Text Relay aware.

  • Plastic cups are available.