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BH - Beech Halls

Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath, BA2 9BN

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Introduction (Beech Halls)

  • Services / facilities within the building include accommodation.
  • The halls consists of 5 similar blocks labelled A-E. Only Block E contains an accessible room.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Leave the M4 at junction 18 and join the A46 southbound.
      After 9 miles, leave the A46 and at the roundabout, and take the third exit onto the A4 into Bath.
      After one mile, at the traffic lights for the A36 turnoff, proceed into the left-hand lane and turn onto Cleveland Place.
      Drive over Cleveland Bridge, and proceed along Bathwick Street.
      At the traffic lights, turn right onto the A36 Sydney Place and continue along the A36 Darlington Street.

      At the roundabout, take the second exit onto the A36 Pulteney Road.
      Continue along the A36 through Widcombe and onto Claverton Street.
      At the roundabout, and after going under the railway arches, take the second exit onto the A36 Lower Bristol Road.
      Continue along the A36 Lower Bristol Road and join the dual carriageway (A4);

      Take the second exit at the "Globe Inn" roundabout to join the A39.
      The campus entrance is immediately on your left
    • There are 2 main car parks on campus which do fill up very quickly. There are additional spaces in front of the majority of buildings for Blue Badge Holders and some spaces for visitors.
  • By Bus View
    • Regular bus services run to Newton Park, from Bath, Bristol and the wider region.

      The U5 and U6 FirstBus services from Bath city centre run every 10 minutes during term times, and every half hour during off-peak season.
  • By Train View
    • The closest Railway station to this campus is Bath Spa railway station. The train station is just a short walk to the bus station where you can continue your journey.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by visitors and permit holders.
    • Parking charges apply for all users.
    • The car park is located in front of building, with Blue Badge bays behind the building in front of Dairy.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • There is/are 3 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 230cm x 465cm (7ft 7in x 15ft 3in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 85m (92yd 2ft) from the Block E entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The dropped kerb between the car park and the building does not have tactile paving.
    • The car park surface is concrete.
    • The closest Blue Badge bays are located in front of Dairy. Other Blue Badge bays available at Chestnut and Walnut.
  • Comments View
    • Parking is paid for either via the Just Park App or at one the pay machines located throughout the campus.
    • Permit holders including Blue Badge Permit holders have a reduced daily rate.
    • Students need to apply to the Student Support Service with evidence to show why they require a car on campus. This is considered by the parking panel.

Outside Access (Block E)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building on the right hand end.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 102cm (3ft 4in).
    • 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 when exiting.
    • 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 less than 2cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the left as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located to the right as you face the entrance.
    • There is / are 6 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • The kitchen in block E has a section of height adjustable worktop, a sink at lower level with lever taps, access to oven, microwave, fridge and storage.
    • The seating is moveable and can be placed to suit the needs of residents.
    • There are automatic doors to the ground floor kitchen bock E with entry and exit touch pads 90cm high.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1 and 2.
    • The stairs are located ahead form the Block A entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 8m from the Block A entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • 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.
    • Each block has a similar staircase.


  • Location of Accessible Accommodation View
    • The establishment provides 1 accessible accommodation facilities with an ensuite and/or separate accessible bathroom.
    • This information refers to BH.E02
    • The accessible facilities are located room BH.E02.
    • There is level access from an accessible entrance.
    • The room number viewed was BH.E02.
    • The width of the door to the room is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The dimensions of the clear floor space are 139cm x 260cm (4ft 7in x 8ft 6in).
    • The bed is 55cm high.
    • The measurement between the bed base and floor is 30cm (12in).
    • Light switches are within 120cm (4ft) from floor level.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm in the room.
    • It is a push button style of alarm.
    • Other accessible facilities available in the bedroom are Key card entry and touch pad exit for automatic door, Electric push button blinds and windows. Low level wardrobe. Alarm beacon in the ensuite bathroom.
    • Assistance dogs are welcome to stay with residents in accessible accommodation.
  • Accessible Bathroom View
    • The information relates to the ensuite.
    • The dimensions of the bathroom are 148cm x 400cm (4ft 10in x 13ft 1in).
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The width of the door to the bathroom is 85cm.
    • The door is easy to open.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm in the bathroom.
    • It is tied up and out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor).
    • The door does not have a lock.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 in height.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the wash basin is 72cm (2ft 4in).
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • The measurement of lateral transfer space is 83cm (2ft 9in).
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not a flush on the transfer side.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet pan the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There are mirrors.
    • The mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
  • Bath and Shower View
    • There is not a bath.
  • Wheel In Shower View
    • There is a wheel in shower.
    • The shower head height is adjustable.
    • The type of shower controls used are lever.
    • The shower seat is flip-down.
    • There are handrails available for the shower.
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible rooms View
    • The colour contrast between the external room door and wall is high.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is medium.
    • The colour contrast between the internal room door and wall is high.
    • The colour contrast between external ensuite / bathroom door and wall is high.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible bathroom View
    • The colour contrast between the internal bathroom door and wall is high.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor in the bathroom is high.
    • The colour contrast between the dropdown rails and wall is medium.
    • The colour contrast between the grab rails and wall is medium.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Auxiliary Aids - General View
    • Some of the rooms have auxiliary aids for people with sensory impairments.
    • Available auxiliary aids include vibrating pillows.
    • The accommodation does not provide other auxiliary aids for people with mobility impairments.
    • There is / are 1 accessible room(s) with a wheel in shower.
  • Ground Floor Rooms View
    • Ground floor rooms do have level access.
    • Adjoining rooms are available.
  • Standard Rooms on Other Floors View
    • There are standard rooms on other floors.
    • The other floors cannot be accessed by lift.
    • Adjoining rooms are not available.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 11 to 14 are of a standard room.

Scooter/Wheelchair Charging Points

  • To the right of the entrance door is a fireproof storage cupboard which may be used for the storage and recharging of wheelchairs and mobility scooters.