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Barking Campus (Technical Skills Academy)

Barking and Dagenham College, 1 Short Blue Place, Barking, Essex, IG11 8FJ

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About this venue

The Barking Campus (Technical Skills Academy) is a purpose-built professional and technical training campus in the heart of Barking Town Centre, which opened in 2012. The Academy is a contemporary training campus, offering spacious and up-to-date facilities and equipment for students aged 16-18.

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include Ground Floor - Reception and Chef's Hat 2
    First Floor - Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
    Second Floor - Catering, Hospitality and the refectory
    Third Floor - Beauty and IT
    Fourth Floor - Hair and Independent Study
    Fifth Floor - Construction.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The Barking campus is located in the centre of Barking about half a mile to the east of the North Circular road. When heading anticlockwise on the north circular (A406), take the A124 exit to Barking. At the roundabout, take the second exit. At the next roundabout, take the third exit towards town centre. At the traffic lights, turn left on to London Road, towards town centre (west). After about 250m, the campus is on your right, and the London Road Multi-Storey Car Park is on your left.
    • Parking in central Barking is limited so the college recommend using public transport to access the facilities. However there is limited free parking in supermarket car parks and pay parking at the London Road multi-storey car park.
  • By Bus View
    • The nearest bus stop is the Barking Town Centre (Stop M) stop on London Road. This stop is within 150m of the campus. The stop is serviced by the 169, 287, 366, 687 and Z2 buses.
  • By Train View
    • Barking Station is approximately 250m from the campus. Barking is regularly serviced by C2C trains, which run between London Fenchurch Street (some London Liverpool Street and Stratford services at weekends) and Shoeburyness (Southend). Overground trains run frequently between Barking and Gospel Oak.
  • By Underground View
    • Barking’s underground station is in zone 4, and sits on the District and Hammersmith & City lines.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks. View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is London Road or Vicarage Fields.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in) wide.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 9m (9yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Comments View
    • There are turnstiles located within the reception area which are swipe card controlled.
    • Students and Visitors will be supplied with a card to allow them access to the building.
    • The standard turnstiles are 54cm wide and the wide turnstile is 88cm wide.
    • The wide turnstile is located on the left as you face the reception desk.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing system is not available only on request.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2-3-4-5.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift (Passenger)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the left of the reception area.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2-3-4-5.
  • The lift is 8m (26ft 3in) from main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 132cm x 120cm (4ft 4in x 3ft 11in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is 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 controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Eating and Drinking (Chef's Hat 2)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Comments View
    • Chef's Hat 2 was still undergoing construction at the time of surveying.

Theatre (Lecture Theatre)

  • There are not designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • Wheelchairs are left with the patron.
  • A companion may sit with you.
  • Companions sit either at the side or behind.
  • It is 12m (13yd) from the designated seating area to the nearest accessible toilet.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 12m (13yd) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located at the rear of the reception desk.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • 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 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 270cm x 190cm (8ft 10in 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 94cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 a functional emergency alarm available.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • 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 in the accessible toilet.
    • 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 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 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).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • 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 good.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are additional adapted toilets located on all other floors.
    • The adapted toilets on the ground and first floors are unisex.
    • The adapted toilets on the second and fifth floors is located within the standard male toilets.
    • The adapted toilets on the third and fourth floors are located within the standard female toilets.
    • The adapted toilets located within the standard toilets have a lateral transfer space of 80cm which is on the right as you face the toilet.
    • There is also an additional adapted toilet, for visitors to use, located within the Beauty Rooms.

Standard Toilet(s)

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located within the standard male and female toilets.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 50cm (1ft 8in).
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Standard Shower

  • There are standard level access shower facilities available.
  • The showers are located within the standard male and female toilets.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents are available in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.