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26-28 Russell Square

26-28 Russell Square, London, WC1B 4HS

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include teaching rooms, offices and laboratories.
  • This building also includes the Pear's Institute for the Study of Antisemitism.

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Getting Here

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off Russell Square.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • 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 134cm (4ft 5in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • 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 6 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not 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.
    • The steps do not have handrails.

Entrance (26 Russell Square)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in front of you once you are inside the main entrance.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • The card reader/lock is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 146cm (4ft 9in).
  • Comments View
    • These internal doors provides access to the facilities in 26 Russell Square.
    • There is a separate single door located to the left of this entrance leading into number 28 Russell Square.
    • There is access between 26 and 28 Russell Square on the second and third floors only.

Entrance (28 Russell Square)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to your left on once inside the main entrance.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • Comments View
    • This entrance provides access to the facilities in 28 Russell Square.
    • There is a similar entrance located to the right of this leading into 28 Russell Square.
    • There is access between 26 and 28 Russell Square on the second and third floors only.

Reception

  • The 26/28 Russell Square reception is located in front of you on entrance.
  • The desk is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the 28 Russell Square entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The reception is located in 28 Russell Square.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:00 - 21:30.
    • Tuesday 08:00 - 21:30.
    • Wednesday 08:00 - 21:30.
    • Thursday 08:00 - 21:30.
    • Friday 08:00 - 21:30.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is/are 2 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to G29.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps are shown in photograph 1.
    • There is/are 6 clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to G25 and G26.
    • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
    • To reach this level change you must overcome the first level change. The stairs can be seen in photograph 2.
    • There is/are 1 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to G23.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The step can be seen in photograph 3. There is a second step located after this one that needs to be overcome to reach G30, which can be seen in photograph 4.
    • 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 with large, repeating patterns that incorporate bold contrasting colours or simulate steps.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • A portable hearing loop can be requested from the AV Office.
    • The hearing system is available only on request.
    • Staff are trained to use the system.

Other Floors (26 Russell Square)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B-G-1-2-3.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell from the first floor upwards and on the ground floor.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • There is a similar set of stairs to the right of 26 Russell Square. This staircase is the only way to access the Pear's Institute For The Study of Anti-Semitism located in rooms 119-120 between the ground and first floors. This staircase can be seen in photograph 3.
  • Comments View
    • The stairs have handrails on both sides from B-G.
    • The door on the ground floor is to reach the stairs to the basement only.

Other Floors (28 Russell Square)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B-G-1-2-3-4.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on the basement floor and on the ground floor.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • There are two other staircases to the left of the building. The first goes to floors G, 1 and 2 only and has deep steps that are not clearly marked. This staircase can be seen in photograph 3. To the rear left of the building is another staircase that goes from B-G-1-2-3-4. This staircase is the only way to reach the fourth floor. The individual stairs are not very wide on this staircase so it is necessary to be careful regarding your footing. This staircase can be seen in photograph 4.
  • Comments View
    • The main staircase of 28 Russell Square is the only way to access rooms 108-110.
    • However it cannot be used to access the other first floor rooms in 28 Russell Square.
    • The door to reach the stairs on the ground floor is to head to the basement only.
    • There are handrails on both sides from B-G and no landing.
    • There is another part to the staircase on the second floor that leads to the third floor in a similar way to the staircases in 26 Russell Square.

Accessible Toilet (28 Russell Square)

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 22m (24yd 2in) from the 28 Russell Square entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the rear left of the building on the ground floor.
    • There is level access to this 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 94cm (3ft 1in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 140cm x 172cm (4ft 7in x 5ft 8in).
    • 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 72cm (2ft 4in).
    • 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 not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • 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 not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 53cm (1ft 9in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 113cm (3ft 8in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 113cm (3ft 8in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s) (26 Russell Square)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the basement floor.
    • There are shared standard toilets facilities on the ground floor and the first floor.
    • There are female standard toilets facilities on the first floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A shared standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located in front of you on entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 8m from the 26 Russell Square entrance.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.

Standard Toilet(s) (28 Russell Square)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are shared standard toilets facilities on the second floor and the third floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A shared standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on the second floor.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 5m from the rear second floor staircase.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.