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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.

Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities

  • Accessible toilet facilities are located on the ground floor of 28 Russell Square.
  • Female and male standard toilet facilities are located on the basement floor of 26 Russell Square and on the first floor of 28 Russell Square.
  • Shared standard toilet facilities are located on the ground and first floor of 26 Russell Square and on the second and third floor of 28 Russell Square.
  • Gender Neutral standard toilet facilities are located on the first floor of 26 Russell Square and on the third floor of 28 Russell Square.

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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.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 127cm (4ft 2in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 146cm (4ft 9in).
  • Comments View
    • These internal doors provide 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 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 26 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 good.
  • 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/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The reception is located in 28 Russell Square.
    • There is seating available in the reception area, with and without armrests.

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 height (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+).
    • The stairs can be seen in photograph 2.
      To reach this level change you must overcome the first level change.
    • There is/are 1 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to G23.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • This 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 which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • 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.
    • Staff are trained to use the hearing assistance system.

Other Floors (26 Russell Square)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B, G, 1, 2, 3.
    • The stairs are located ahead as you enter through the internal doors leading to 26 Russell Square.
    • The stairs are approximately 4m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, single doors which may be difficult to open to access the stairwell from the first floor upwards and on the ground floor.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the left 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 to 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.
    • The stairs are located past reception and to the left.
    • The stairs are approximately 3m from the main reception.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, single doors which may be difficult to open to access the stairwell on the basement floor and on the ground floor.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • 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 and 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 access the basement only.
    • There are handrails on both sides from B to 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(s) (28 Russell Square - Left Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located to the rear left of the building on the ground floor.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 22m (24yd 2in) from the 28 Russell Square entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 94cm (3ft 1in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • 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 140cm x 172cm (4ft 7in x 5ft 8in).
    • 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 72cm (2ft 4in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a sanitary bin.
    • 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) to the left of the toilet and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) to the right of the toilet and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • 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 sanitary and general waste (with no lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • 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 shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The toilet has a fixed horizontal rail without a padded backrest.
    • There is a lid attached to the toilet seat.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 height of the toilet roll holder is 99cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
    • 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 left hand side of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • 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 107cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 126cm (4ft 2in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is poor.

Standard Toilet(s) (26 Russell Square)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located on the basement floor of 26 Russell Square.
    • There is stepped access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 10m from the basement staircase.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is poor.
    • 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 80cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.

Standard Toilet(s) (28 Russell Square)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The shared toilet is located on the second floor near to the rear second floor staircase.
    • There is stepped access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 5m from the rear second floor staircase.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is poor.
    • 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 90cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is sensor.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • There are two shared toilets on the second floor which are adjacent to each other. The shared toilets contain two toilet roll dispensers with the lowest height being 95cm.
  • Toilet Facilities 2 View
    • The gender neutral toilets are located on the third floor.
    • There is stepped access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 8m from the rear third floor staircase.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is poor.
    • There is written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 92cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is sensor.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • Photographs 4 to 6 show the gender neutral toilets described above.