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Graham Building

Abertay University, Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 1HG

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include Abertay Gym fitness suite, teaching rooms, computer rooms.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Abertay is located to the north of the City Centre, just off the A991 North Marketgait. Bell Street is accessed from Victoria Road (A929) but parking is restricted. Drivers are advised to use the West Bell Street multi-storey car park.
      Approach the university on the A991. From the west, at the Dudhope Roundabout, take the east bound carriageway and follow the car park sign to the left at the second junction (Constitution Road) then immediately left (Dudhope Crescent Road). From the east, take the slip road on the left just before the car park. There is no direct access from the Bell Street or West Bell Street.
    • Parking on campus is restricted. Visitors and students are advised to use the West Bell Street multi-storey car park, accessed from the A991 North Marketgait. The car park is open daily from 08:00 to 20:00 hrs. Blue Badge parking is free every day.
  • By Bus View
    • There are three bus stops on Panmure Street, approximately 200m from the college:
      Albert Square (Stop 2) - bus routes 1A, 1B, 360
      Albert Square (Stop 3) - bus route 18
      Albert Square (Stop 4) - bus routes 28, 29
      There is a further bus stop in Victoria Road (Meadow Place stop) off Bell Street, approximately 200m from the university, served by bus route 202. Dundee bus station is located on Seagate in Dundee and is about 0.4 miles (8 to 10 minutes walk) from the university. There is a taxi rank next to the bus station on Trades Lane.
  • By Train View
    • Dundee train station is located on South Union Street in Dundee. The train station is 0.5 miles (11 to 13 minutes walk) from the university. There is a taxi rank next to the station on Riverside Drive. There is not a direct bus link from the train station to the university.
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Useful Information

  • To see more information on Support Enquiry Zone (SEZ) please click here (opens new tab).
  • Telephone Number: 01382 308 833.
  • Email: sez@abertay.co.uk.
  • The Support Enquiry Zone (SEZ) is located in the Bernard King Library, level 1. It provides a 'one stop shop' for students who require help and advice on any aspect of university life.
  • To see more information on Disabled Student Support please click here (opens new tab).
  • Telephone Number: 01382 308 051.
  • Email: disabilityadvisors@abertay.ac.uk.
  • The team can advise on a range of matters, including special exam arrangements and the Disabled Student Allowance. In addition, the team will liaise with and offer advice to academic schools to ensure that a comprehensive enhancement package is in place which results in the most appropriate means of support to students.
  • To see more information on Residences Office please click here (opens new tab).
  • Telephone Number: 01382 308 049.
  • Email: residences@abertay.ac.uk.
  • The Residence Office is located in room 3018D on level 3 of the Old College building. The office is open 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday.
  • To see more information on Admissions Office please click here (opens new tab).
  • Telephone Number: 01382 308 000.
  • Email: admissions@abertay.ac.uk.
  • The Admissions section in Registry is responsible for the oversight of all UK and EU applications to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Some of the main services include:
    * Acting as a central source for receiving and updating UCAS application data
    * Assessing application forms for disabilities and criminal convictions prior to distribution to School Offices
    * Process home and EU direct undergraduate and postgraduate applications
    * Assessing fee status of new students
    * Processing applicants’ entry qualifications and assisting Schools with verification of such qualifications
    * Provide Schools and senior University management with admissions data
    * Process and send orientation packs to new students.
  • British Sign Language (BSL) users can also make contact by using the online interpreting service at contact SCOTLAND-BSL at the websitehttps://contactscotland-bsl.org/.

Site/Campus Car Park

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located off Bell Street.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are the Kydd, Old College and Graham buildings.
    • 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.
    • There is/are 6 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 410cm x 500cm (13ft 5in x 16ft 5in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by staff and students.
    • Parking charges apply for all users.
    • Signs are not provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the Kydd Building.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the buildings.
  • Comments View
    • The car park is divided into two parts accessed from Bell Street, one part to the left of the Kydd Building, the other between the Kydd Building and the Old College building accessed through the tunnel.
    • At the time of survey construction works were taking place and Blue Badge bays were out of commission. Also there was no access to the building via the side entrances.

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff and students within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is Abertay University car park.
    • The car park is located on Bell Street next to the main university buildings?.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is West Bell Steet.
    • The car park is located on West Bell Street, accessed from Dudhope Crescent / North Marketgait.
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or marked on street Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 210cm x 600cm (6ft 11in x 19ft 8in).
    • The on street Blue Badge parking bay(s) is/are located on Bell Street outside the Kydd Building main entrance.
    • Clearly signed and/or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the standard marked parking bays are 210cm x 500cm (6ft 11in x 16ft 5in).
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Bell Street.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • At the time of survey parts of the university campus car park were closed off for construction works, including all Blue Badge bays.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front right of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is not 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.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 96cm (3ft 2in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is 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).

Entrance (Level 1 - Old College Link)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the right hand side of the building, in the rear corridor of the Old College Building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The automatic door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 93cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The automatic door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 115cm (3ft 9in).

Entrance (Level 2 - Old College Link)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on level 2 to the right hand side of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The automatic door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 83cm (2ft 9in).
    • 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 main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The automatic door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 83cm (2ft 9in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides going up.
    • The width of the ramp is 133cm.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the ground floor.
    • There is a slight ramp, with no handrails, for access to the fitness suite for wheelchair users via the lift.
    • The width of the ramp is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • There is a platform lift which overcomes the steps.
    • The ramp is in the double door entrance to the fitness suite to the left as you enter via the main entrance, as shown in photographs 1 and 2.
    • There is/are 7 clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to the gym reception.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a slight ramp, with no handrails, for access to the lift and steps to the gym reception.
    • The width of the ramp is 132cm (4ft 4in).
    • The ramp or slope does not bypass the step(s).
    • There is a platform lift which overcomes the steps.
    • The steps are show in photograph 3, the ramp in photograph 4.
    • There is/are 7 clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to the fitness suite G12.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a slight ramp, with no handrails, for access to the fitness suite G12 stepped entrance and studio suite G11.
    • The width of the ramp is 118cm (3ft 10in).
    • The ramp or slope does not bypass the step(s).
    • The steps are shown in photograph 5, the ramp in photograph 6.
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • 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 some flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in the majority of corridors.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • This building does play background music.
    • Music is played in the fitness suite.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a fixed loop.
    • There is a fixed loop induction loop located in classroom G21 on level 2.
    • Staff are not trained to use the hearing system.

Lift (Gym Reception)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located next to the steps up to the Abertay Gym reception.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 230kg.
  • The lift is approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 77cm (2ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 84cm x 125cm (2ft 9in x 4ft 1in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2 and 3.
    • The stairs are located immediately beyond the main entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 3m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell on the third floor.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • There is a similar fire escape staircase at the rear of the building.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are level 3 rooms.

Reception (Abertay Gym Reception)

  • Abertay Gym Reception is located on the ground floor at the rear of the building.
  • The desk is 2m (2yd 7in) from the platform lift.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area, via lift.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Fitness Suite (Abertay Gym)

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located ground floor (level 1) of the Graham Building.
    • The fitness suite is 2m (2yd 7in) from the main entrance.
    • There is step free access to the fitness suite.
    • Level access is by lift.
    • There are doors into the fitness suite.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are double.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The opening is 150cm (4ft 11in) wide.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • Staff receive no training in assisting disabled people.
    • A portable hearing loop is not available for induction.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.
  • Comments View
    • The Abertay Gym is divided into two rooms, the main fitness suite G12 (photographs 1 to 10) and a studio suite G11 at the rear (photographs 11 to 16).
    • There is a raised mat area in the main fitness suite with 4cm upstand at the edges (photographs 9 and 10).
    • Photographs 11 and 12 show the accessible entrance.

Standard Changing Room (Male Changing Rooms)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located in the rear corridor to the left after the reception.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the lift.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the Fitness Suite and G11.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).

Standard Changing Room (Female Changing Room)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located in the rear corridor to the left after the reception.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the lift.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the Fitness Suite and G11.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).

Standard Shower (Male and Female)

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the male and female changing rooms.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Accessible Changing Room

  • There is not a Changing Places facility available.
  • There is an/are accessible changing room(s) available.
  • The accessible changing room(s) surveyed is/are located in the rear corridor to the left from the lift.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the lift.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 27m (29yd 1ft) from the Fitness Suite accessible entrance.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the reception desk.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room(s) are 150cm x 319cm (4ft 11in x 10ft 6in).
  • The fixtures/facilities available in the accessible changing room(s) include; a chair/stool, handrails and a wheel in shower.
  • Other fixtures/facilities available include; lockers and a pull cord alarm (out of reach).
  • There is level access to the accessible changing room(s).

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor in the rear corridor.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 11m (12yd 1in) from the lift.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a gender neutral toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 77cm (2ft 6in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is good.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 200cm (4ft 11in x 6ft 7in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and general waste (with lid) disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • There are coat hooks in the toilet at 165cm and 171cm from the floor.
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a colostomy bag shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a backrest.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • 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).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is poor.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the right hand side of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 106cm.
    • 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).
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is poor.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is poor.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located on the ground floor in the rear corridor.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 8m from the lift.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 79cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever.
    • Lighting levels are good.
    • The female and male toilets are shown in photographs 1 and 2 respectively.
  • Toilet Facilities 2 View
    • The female and male toilets are located on level 3.
    • There is stepped access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 7m from the main staircase.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 81cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • The female and male toilets are shown in photographs 3 and 4 respectively. There is only staircase access to level 3.