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Castlereagh Centre - Learning Resource Centre

Belfast Metropolitan College, Montgomery Road, Belfast, BT6 9JD

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COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in December 2020.
  • Modifications have been made in some areas and new practices and protocols have been put in place to follow Government and Public Health guidelines.
  • The primary control for personal hygiene is that all staff and students regularly wash their hands.
  • Upon entering the Campus you may be required to queue at each main entrance, please ensure that you adhere to any social distancing guidelines as you enter the campus.
  • Please use the additional bins provided if you wish to dispose of any items before entering the campus.
  • Sanitising stations are located at all campus entrances and you will be required to sanitise your hands before making you way into the building.
  • One way systems have been placed in some parts of each campus but where this is not possible you are asked to keep left. You are asked to keep moving in corridors and not to congregate outside classrooms or offices.
  • Additional hand sanitising stations are located throughout corridors. These may be wall mounted or on stands.
  • Items of furniture have been moved in corridors to prevent any pinch points.
  • The frequency of cleaning has increased in each campus with regular cleaning of high contact points such as door handles and vending machines.
  • Each classroom has been set out to comply with social distancing guidelines and protective screens have been placed at the lecturers desks.
  • Staff and students are reminded not to move any desks or chairs from their current locations and are encouraged to open windows to provide natural ventilation. Where not possible fresh air will be provide through mechanical means.
  • In some locations where the room cannot physically space desks apart it is indicated where you can sit by means of a tick or a cross.
    As you enter the classroom everyone will be asked to sanitise their work station or desk prior to taking their seat. Please dispose of any paper towels in the bin provided in each classroom.
  • All reception counters have been provided with protective screens for everyone’s safety. If you require assistance please follow the signs and wait for assistance.
  • The use of lifts in each campus is restricted to one person unless you are being accompanied by a support worker.
  • The number of people using toilets will be restricted so that each campus can meet social distancing standards. Signage has been placed in these spaces indicating capacity.
  • Everyone will be expected to use good hygiene when using the toilet facilities to aid overall cleanliness.
  • Printers will remain available for use throughout the college however individual staff/students have responsibility to clean prior to use with the disinfectant and towels provided.
  • Canteens will remain open on campus. However, social distancing and queueing measures will be put in place at each campus.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .

Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The Learning Resource Centre is located on the ground floor of Block 3.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The Castlereagh Campus is located in the south east of Belfast, approximately half a mile north of the A55. From the centre of Belfast, head east on East Bridge Street, crossing the River Lagan over on to Albertbridge Road (A20). Follow the road for about 250m before turning right onto Woodstock Road. Follow Woodstock Road for about 1 mile. At the roundabout, take the third exit onto Cregagh Road. Take the first left onto Montgomery Road and the college is on your left after about 200m.
    • The campus has its own car park, located off of Montgomery Road.
  • By Bus View
    • The nearest bus stop is the Castlereagh College stop on Montgomery Road. The 6a bus runs from the city centre and stops outside the College on Montgomery Street.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest station is the Lanyon Place station which is approximately 2 miles from the campus. This station is served by Northern Ireland Railways.
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Useful Information

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located at the front 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 4 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 400cm x 520cm (13ft 1in x 17ft 1in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest designated bay is 18m (19yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 35m (38yd 10in) 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.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 bays located in directly in front of the main entrance (picture 1) and 2 bays located to the right hand side as you face the entrance (picture 2)
    • There is additional designated parking located around the college.
    • Please see the relevant guides for more information regarding parking.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 92cm (3ft).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • 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 in front of 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 have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the left going up the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is / are 4 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.

Outside Access (Learning Resource Centre Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the left as you enter Block 3.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a small lip on the threshold entrance, with a height of 2cm or below
    • There is a security gate just inside the Learning Resource Centre entrance that is 90cm wide (shown in photograph 2).

Reception

  • The desk is 2m (2yd 7in) from the learning resource centre entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The reception desk is low (76cm or lower).
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • This venue does not play background music/noise.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

Library

  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in Braille.
  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in large print.
  • This library does have a regular supply of books in audio format.
  • There is an ordering service.
  • It takes approximately 14 days to process an order.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes TypeTalk.
  • Comments View
    • There is a group study area located within the library, as shown in pictures 2, 3 and 4.
    • There is also a quiet study area located within the library, as shown in pictures 5 and 6.

Accessible Toilet

  • The nearest available accessible toilet is located within Block 3.
  • Please see the Block 3 guide for further details.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • The nearest available standard toilets are located within Block 3.
  • Please see the Block 3 guide for further details.